Aldwinians 30 - 8 Eccles
Revenge is sweet ,and this five try haul gets Aldwinians on the front foot for the second half of the season.
Back in September Aldwinians suffered their heaviest defeat of the season so far ,at Eccles, losing 36 -15.Things have improved for the Audenshaw side but still searching for consistency, they will be pleased with this performance giving them two wins and a draw in the last three games.
As Eccles kicked off , the pack ,led on the day by second row Andrew Ormrod,took possession and drove the ball upfield with all eight working well together. This caused the Eccles pack to concede consecutive penalties leading to a kickable attempt at goal that full back Michael Tobin sent over the posts for a 3 - 0 lead on 3 mins.
The visitors came straight back and followed a similar route.Penalty to line out then another home mistake for Eccles kick at goal to level at 3-3 after 8 minutes.This was end to end stuff and difficult to see who had the upper hand.When the back row of James Summerscales ,Paul Gilbertson,and David Tootill forced play into Eccles 22 area with driving runs,the defence split and Summerscales took the pass and charged to the line for the try on 15 min to go ahead 8-3.
Play settled in midfield for a spell when the pacy young Eccles backs pressurised the defence running right then switching down the left flank with the winger racing towards the line only to be taken down with a great tackle from Aldwinians winger Alex Hughes on 25 mins.The danger was cleared but soon after the try zone was under pressure again as Eccles sent a grubber kick into open space but stand off Callum McMahon beat the chasing attack and touched down for a 22 drop out.Two storms weathered and then the visiting stand off missed a drop goal as the clock went over the 30 min mark.Aldwinians rallied and mounted a wide attack down the right-a bit of good fortune as Hughes kicked good possession away whilst approaching the 22 line, but Eccles knocked on,the marauding back row took the ball on moving left into the hands of Callum McMahon .He charged into space, passed to Tobin with left wing Wade Martin taking the ball at full pace to break tackles and score out on the left and increase the lead to 13-8 on 35 mins.
Growing in confidence the second half started with Mcmahons drop out from which the home forwards made an immediate impact with prop Anthony Nathaniel,locks flowing,challenging strongly at the breakdown and the evergreen second row Mike Singleton keeping up with the pace.A lineout was forced inside the 22 on the left .James Summerescales leapt like a salmon, gathered the ball,came to earth and accelerated away towards the try line to score his second , unbelievably untouched by any Eccles forward.At last, a converted try as Tobin sent over the kick and Aldwinians raced to 20 - 3 on 45 mins.
Eccles seemed shaken by this quick score and were now chasing the game.Captain Andy Ormrod then made a strrong run up midfield forcing an Eccles error with the penalty inching down the line to give a lineout 18 mtres out.No forward drive this time as the ball was palmed into the hands of Matty Ross at scrum half who had gone about his work with safe hands all afternoon.The ball was whisked down the threequarter line with Jamie Henderson and coach Wynand Van Zyl in the centres straightening the running line and increasing the pace to commit the midfield defence.,with the ball ending up in the hands of right wing Alex Hughes who screamed down the touchline to score one of the bast tries seen at Audenshaw Park for some time.With that try on the 55 minute came the well deserved try bonus point.
Although 25-3 behind, the young Eccles side still tried as hard as they were allowed to eke something out of the game but the home defence was up to the task.A breakaway by Hughes again on the right and a nifty kick through before the ball touched the ground,had the Eccles defence flat footed ,and rounding off a fine game Matty Ross had followed the play and chased the rolling ball over the try line to score Aldwinians 5th try of the afternoon on 72 mins.A measure of Eccles never say die approach was epitomised in answer to another home attack under the posts.A penalty to Eccles at the scrum and they were away down the right linking nicely and scored a consolation try as the final minutes ticked away leaving the final score 30 -8.
This Saturday the squad travel to Fleetwood kick off 2.15. The coach leaves at 11.15 am- no breakfast available this week.