A Tale of Two Halves Orrell 19 Eccles 38
By John Huyton
Orrell crash out of Lancashire RFU Plate Competition
This was the first competitive game for ORUFC to play after two successful pre-season outings beating Wigan RUFC and drawing against Tarleton. The Lancashire Plate/ Cup Competition game is the first game of the new season and Eccles RUFC were the visitors to a sunny St John Rigby College. The sunny weather brought out a decent crowd of home supporters and supporters from Eccles.
Orrell started slow and Eccles with a big strong park put Orrell on the back foot from the start. Eccles on the other hand settled very quickly scoring 3 tries and 2 conversions from good forward and back play and with 20’ minutes gone had built a 0 -19 lead.
The break for Orrell came after 20’ minutes, from an up and under from James Ratcliffe, Eccles knock the ball forward. Scrum won by Orrell's Jack Granby offloads pass to Wilbur Harris who drives the ball forward and releases Josh Grant to score near the posts. Craig Thomas conversion and the score started to look more respectable 7-19. Unfortunately, Eccles bounced straight back with 2 more converted tries in the last ten minutes and the first half ended with the score line 7 – 31.
The second half started at pace by Orrell and fly half James Ratcliffe started to dictate play, Eccles ran the ball and resultant knock on allowed Kieran Herbert to scoop up ball and release James Ratcliffe to run full length of field to score, a further conversion by Craig Thomas. 14 -31. Orrell started to take control of the game with some fine handling and set-up play from forwards but just lacked that killer tough, Eccles on the other hand pounced at every opportunity, scoring again after 52’ minutes making the score line 14 -38 and putting the game out of Orrell’s reach.
Carrol made a number of changes in the warm sun bringing on Brad Garner, Andy Scott and Kyle Herbert for Max Huxley, John Presho and Mark Williams. Jack Granby moved from the forwards into the back line with Eccles forwards starting to tire. The last try of the game try of the game came from last season’s highest points scorer winger Craig Thomas, the ball passed through the Orrell back line Chris Owen released winger Craig Thomas to score in the corner, with the conversion missed the referee called time.
The final score Orrell 19 - 38 Eccles
Next Match: Congleton - South Lancashire/ Chsehire 2 League
Date: Saturday 1st September 2018
Venue: St John Rigby College Kick off time 2:30