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Your News Hutton 10 - Eccles 12

Hutton were narrowly defeated in the Lancashire Plate final after a tight battle against Eccles. Despite the gap between the sides in league positions, the game was a very even contest played at a great pace. Hutton began the game slowly and allowed Eccles to gain the majority of territory. Eccles denied Hutton the ball in their own half and this early pressure soon resulted in the first score of the game. A chip to the corner was collected by the Eccles winger, who dived over to score. The conversion was added to give Eccles an early 7-0 advantage. The score seemed to act as a wake-up call to Hutton, who gradually worked their way into the game and started to apply pressure of their own. Kicking well to the corner allowed Hutton to maintain good territory, but they failed to find a way through a stubborn Eccles defence. Despite the wet and windy conditions, both sides were looking to run the ball at every opportunity but a kicking battle settled most attacks. Hutton were applying good pressure at the scrum, and forced Eccles onto the back foot at set pieces. They registered their first points of the game when No. 8 Adi Harrison broke from the base of the scrum and found Phil Caslake in support. Caslake evaded the Eccles defence to race clear for a try. Andy Tobutt added the conversion to tie the score at 7-7. The momentum was certainly with Hutton at this point and minutes later they took the lead when Tobutt added a penalty to give Hutton a 10-7 lead. With Huttons defence staying strong, they held a 3-point advantage at the break.

The second half began with Eccles starting to apply pressure at the set pieces, forcing Hutton to lose ball at the lineout. However, it was Hutton who nearly extended their lead, when a midfield break from Tobutt found Craig Cameron in support, and with the line in sight, the covering defence knocked the ball out of the hands of the attack. Eccles managed to clear their lines and worked their way into the Hutton half with some good phases of play. With Eccles camped in the Hutton 22, spirited defence kept the attacks at bay and a try saving tackle from Andy Jackson kept Huttons lead intact. However, from a penalty reversal, Eccles kicked to the corner and after keeping the ball for a series of phases, worked an overlap to score in the corner. Eccles now led 12-10. Again, Hutton responded well and took the game to Eccles in the final quarter. Hutton looked to get the ball wide, but were unable to breach the Eccles defence. But, when the chances arrived, a knock-on and crucial interception prevented the decisive score. Eccles defence maintained their discipline and didnt allow Hutton the opportunity for a penalty attempt and with time running out, Eccles kicked well to force Hutton back into their own half. The final whistle brought an entertaining game to a close and as Hutton sank to their knees, Eccles celebrated. Both sides can look back on gaining promotion from their respective leagues and now look forward to next season. Huttons efforts this year have been excellent and should be well placed for life in North Lancs 1.

Tries: P. Caslake

Conv: A. Tobutt

Pens: A. Tobutt

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