Well it looks like summer rugby is here, but our search for a victory against Eccleston must continue.
Played under glorious conditions, hopefully it will be the last game the lads need to wear skins from now on, but I won't hold my breath.
Previous encounters with Eccleston at the end of last season were always significant defeats for our own team. The end result today was Eccleston 5- Pats 3 - but we are getting closer.
This year right until the end it was a very close and exciting match, with Eccleston in the end running in a couple of unanswered tries in the last 5 minutes.
Eccleston knew who our danger men were and had pretty effective plans for isolating them - just as we know who theirs were, and had our own ideas for containing them.
Danny one of our speed merchants took a real clattering early doors to a trip by an Eccleston player with the undefended try line beckoning which left him in a crumpled heap on the floor. Understandably it knocked him off his usual game for most of the remaining match.
The rest of the team rallied round however, and good running from George , Christian , Bradley , and James set us up well for a few productive strikes on the Eccleston Line with Thomas going over for the first two tries and Kyle grabbing the third.
James and Kyle were both later unlucky to to miss more tries, both being forced into touch when over the Eccleston try line and Bentley made some storming runs, particularly from our own try line, and looks to have been practising that handoff to perfection. He also made a good try saving tackle on our own line, forcing a much bigger player into touch with inches to spare.
The end result could have been a lot closer, missing out on the "nailed on" Danny Frost try earlier, was later compounded when Thomas showed all the spectators the underside of his boots as he was taken out by a high tackle at speed, again with an undefended try-line in front of him. 5-5 would have been a more deserved result, but that isn't what the scoreline will record.....but we are getting closer.
A big thank you to Eccleston for what in the end was a really exciting game of rugby, and for the hospitality shown after the game - we'll see you on the 1st of July at Clarington Park with hopefully the sun still shining.
Coaches Choice - Thomas
Top Tackler - Christian
Most Improved Player - George