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O Duck, P Enion
J Wilkinson (2)
Penalty Try
Sun 17 Feb 14:00 - League Full time

So near yet so far as Clitheroe Colts lose out to a strong Eccles Colts side


A gripping match took place at Littlemoor with Eccles taking home to spoils in a close fought game

After an exciting league season we're coming to the end and with many more games like this I'll have no finger nails left!

Eccles have been consistent throughout the season and despite as few hiccups have proven to be a free-scoring side who play rugby the right way. That view didn't change one bit as they beat Clitheroe Colts by a single point, 18 to 17.

Clitheroe started really well and had the best of the opening exchanges. Forwards secured the rucks well, in fact turned over a couple, and a penalty saw Clitheroe 3-0 up until the 16th minute. Eccles found some space through the middle and hooked up well down the left as their flying winger first juggled then gathered the ball before dotting down on the left.

Eccles Home 20190217
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Five minutes later, Clitheroe retook the lead. After a patient build-up, with the forwards combining well to drive up into the red zone, Wilkinson found a small gap and popped the ball to Duck who scythed through to score a great try. With the extras added, Clitheroe were 10-5 to the good. An Eccles penalty reduced the deficit to 3 at 10-8, and soon after, the half time whistle was blown.

With the home team playing well, but slightly within themselves from an attacking standpoint, they just had to continue along the same lines for 35 minutes to take the win. Eccles had other ideas. They have speed from half back through centre to wing and used it well in combining for their second try, which was converted. A penalty 6 minutes later took Eccles out into an 8-point lead and Clitheroe were clearly on the back foot. That said, they weren't deterred and after some forward work of true grit, the Maroon & Golds advanced into the Eccles 22 and started battering the line. Eventually, the pressure told and Enion crashed over. Wilkinson added the extras and the score was 17-18 in Eccles' favour.

What would normally happen is that the side leading defends their lead but in the case of the last 10 minutes, it was Eccles who controlled the majority of the game. One brief chance came and went as Clitheroe had an attacking line out 40 yards out but it was quickly snuffed out by Eccles and the game was theirs. Man of the match, as chosen by the opposition, was Lucas Wright for his tenacity around the ruck and scrum but it must be added that the majority of players put a good shift in- well done lads.

Well done to Eccles; they are a good rugby side in this league and have proven to be just that bit better over the two games played betwen these two sides. Maybe there's a third game on the horizon as the league cup fixtures loom in the distance.... what a treat that will be.

First up though is Northwich, again at Littlemoor, next Sunday, KO 14:00. With an open bar and the promise of some thoroughly entertaining rugby just as we had here, who could resist a Sunday afternoon of Colts rugby.... see you next week.

Key moments

Try Try for Eccles
Try Oscar Duck scores for Clitheroe
Conversion Joe Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
Penalty Penalty kicked for Eccles
Try Try for Eccles
Conversion Conversion for Eccles
Penalty Penalty kicked for Eccles
Try Patrick Enion scores for Clitheroe
Conversion Joe Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Clitheroe

Videos and photos

Eccles Home 20190217
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Eccles Home 20190217


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60:00 Conversion 19 - 18
Joe Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
59:00 Try 17 - 18
Patrick Enion scores for Clitheroe
54:00 Penalty 12 - 18
Penalty kicked for Eccles
46:00 Conversion 12 - 15
Conversion for Eccles
45:00 Try 12 - 13
Try for Eccles
End of period 1
23:00 Penalty 12 - 8
Penalty kicked for Eccles
21:00 Conversion 12 - 5
Joe Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
20:00 Try 10 - 5
Oscar Duck scores for Clitheroe
15:00 Try 5 - 5
Try for Eccles
2:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Clitheroe
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Clitheroe
  • Eccles
  • 0
  • Penalty Try 2:00'
  • Try 15:00'
  • Oscar Duck Try 20:00'
  • Joe Wilkinson Conversion 21:00'
  • Penalty 23:00'
  • Try 45:00'
  • Conversion 46:00'
  • Penalty 54:00'
  • Patrick Enion Try 59:00'
  • Joe Wilkinson Conversion 60:00'

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