Warrington 4th 26 v Eccles 4th 14 15/12/2012

The Fourths travelled to sample the Cheshire county air but sadly not victory with defeat at the hands of Warrington vets at the rescheduled venue of Moore. It  was an eclectic squad that travelled with  a few dug up from retirement Mike Ince at scrum half Chris Chettoe (last played when Adam was a lad ) at centre/fullback plus Matt Owens an emigre to the States here on holiday putting in a shift at second row , Andy Carr managing half a match after his last appearance was a cut short and Stuart Smith at hooker having a full match after a leg operation. The ground held up well and it was an open affair with Eccles dominating the first half as they played downhill   but despite all the possession they kept be being thwarted by desperate tackling ,lost ball and plain bad luck. Richard Holland  went close but was adjudged to have knocked on after long chase and illegal interception denied a certain scoring chance and Warrington capitilised by picked up a loose ball to score the only try of the half. Eccles thought they had gone over in the final play of that half only for the referee to deem it held up without even a cursory glance. The “Wire ” came more into the match in the second period a were defeinitely the better side in that half with thier back row in busy form. The pressure eventually told and the home side found the gaps to score two successive tries to lead 21-0 . A stalemate ensued before the match again burst into life as Warrington scored in the corner  rousing Eccles into activity and a surge into the home 22 saw a penalty awarded to the thirds which Ince took quigkly to dive [ast a sleeping defence to score from close range and Danny Holland converted. A good piece of handling (there had been too many fierce passes in previous moves) saw the ball passed to Danny Holland to score and then convert righy on th final whistle. There were some good breaks from Will Parkinson and Alex Brinnington but was lack of cohesion as you would expect from a side that has rarely if ever played together but a worthy effort against a side that merited victory on the day.