With the journey to Eccles blighted with traffic problems – the likes of which I have never previously suffered on a Sunday – the pre-match warm-up consisted of a very limited game run through with a few loaned players to make it a 14 vs 13 game.
Eccles were quick out of the blocks scoring their first points from a 5m lineout maul, but the Fylde lads then fronted up in defence as they snuffed out wave after wave of Eccles attacks and then forced Eccles onto the backfoot with some strong breaks themselves. After 15 minutes of determined rugby from both sides Eccles then broke down the left flank to score their second try, and repeated the feat moments later for their third. Shortly before the break Fylde turned the ball over on their 22m and broke downfield, only to be cruelly punished when Eccles intercepted and scored their 4th try to make it 22-0 at the break.
Having worked tirelessly in the first half Eccles quickly turned the screw to move the score on to 34 – 0 after 40 minutes. From the restart Fylde joined in the scoring party when winger Nathan Heslop got onto the end of a perfectly executed box kick from scrum half Ben Gould to make the score 34 – 5. The rapidly tiring Fylde defence struggled to contain the Eccles lads driving through the middle of the field as the score moved onto 60 – 5. With the end of the game looming Fylde once again dug deep and following another turnover the ball was quickly shipped through 4 sets of hands for winger Harrison Child to brush aside three defenders to bring the final score to 60 -10.
After the game Head Coach Matt Garrod praised the lads for sticking with the task in hand – gutsy and brave in defence, classy with ball in hand – and emphasised that this evidenced the potential that there is within this years colts squad. This was echoed moments later when the Eccles Coach came across to generously praise our lads – a truly magnanimous gesture. The Managers ‘big kahunas wheelbarrow award for defensive bravery’ was a close call with Adam Todd narrowly shading it from Sam Rogerson – with Adam continually forcing himself back into the game despite picking up a smashed nose early on.
Finally a huge thanks you all o players and parents for sticking with the task in hand, and to the Eccles coaches, managers and loan players
Jim Perrin (Fylde Colts Manager).