Eccles under 15’s Vs. Heaton Moor under 15’s
Friendly 03/02 /13
Eccles 19 Heaton Moor 10
Eccles under 15’s were looking for an improvement on the away fixture against a strong Moor team; a team who’ve qualified for the plate competition after finishing above Eccles in the Blacksticks league. Moor turned up in good spirits and organised fashion as usual, big thanks to their coaching staff for welcoming a reverse fixture and a positive attitude throughout.
This is the beginning of a promising month for the 15’s, building towards an exciting quarter final fixture against Blackburn in early March.
They braved a blustery opening quarter under the tunnel, as they were pinned back by Moor’s pack and advancing fly half. The Eccles backline struggled to adapt to the pace of the Moor runners at first and the backline were worryingly deep and dog-legged in defence. Moor ultimately drove over, with the help of the hail and the gale, but the Eccles coaching team were relatively pleased after 20 minutes, as their troops were responding well to touchline advice and the momentum was slowly swinging in the Blue n Whites favour. The Eccles faithful were always confident that, once they’ve weathered the storm,they could surely cause some damage going forward with good ball in hand.
Liam ‘should have gone to specsavers’ Chester kick-started the Eccles boys’ attack with a storming 50 yard run down the left touch line. Despite losing his glasses post-match, Chester is proving a real vision from a coaches point of view, winning the sprint races on Wednesday night training and proving a slippery customer against sizeable opposition. Beginning to gain the upper hand, Dean ‘toilet-break’ Mongan was waking up, and after out-pacing and out-muscling the Moor number 8 ‘Bruno’, the Eccles pressure told and he crashed over from close range. New number 10, ‘mighty mouse’ Cammy slotted the extras and then began to slice his way through the Moor defence from distance, supported closely by inside centre Keaton ‘battering ram’ Winning. Wiggy was winning most messy lineouts, and the game settled into a positive pattern for the Eccles men.
The Eccles boys were in confident mood at half time relishing the prospect of the wind behind them and looking to spread the ball more in the second half. The opening exchanges turned into a bit of a forwards arm-wrestle though. Luckily for Eccles, ‘Bob’s’ penalty count didn’t sway the game as Fellows turned up for a strong second half on the ground, followed closely by fast-improving Ellis ‘silent assasin’ Yearsley – who’s beginning to throw his dangerous power around. Through Cammy’s darts and Jack ‘Ratatouille’ Wilkes’ clever box kicking, Eccles worked their way into the Moor 22 and the welcome return of Sheldon ‘the Fridge’ Leather pile-drived over for a deserved forwards try. Eccles were glad to welcome back Jordan ‘talks-a-good-game’ Smith at 9 for the final 30 and he impressed with his thought and instruction in the latter stages.
The game slipped into another muddy lull at the hour mark, only to be gloriously awakened by the lightning quick Ivan Encarcao. Barely touching the ball all game, many expected him to poke the ball upfield as the Moor 10 sent it spiralling into space – but instead, Ivan tiptoed his way around the outside of the Moor backline and had the skill and presence of mind to pop inside to new recruit and ‘back of the match’ Carlton to sprint free. ‘AfroMan’ supported well and ran through brick walls all day on his debut, capping it off with a fine score.
Man of the match went to Steven ‘dump-truck’ Smith though, who showed his true form finally this season. Smith was everywhere on a cold, wet day, leading from the front in both attack and defence, chucking Moor forwards up and over for fun all day. Next step Tyldesley, a tough team with two wins over Eccles this season. But the under 15’s are on the charge and in confident mood, onlookers are predicting an upset…