Next Sunday 5th May, Eccles has the honour of fielding two Senior teams in two Finals, both offering the prospect of being cracking contests.
The Colts League Senior Plate Final – Eccles Senior Colts v Ormskirk Senior Colts – Kicks off 1130am at Heaton Moor RUFC.
The Colts League Plate Final will be the fifth occasion the two rivals have met this season! Ormskirk claimed a preliminary 33-22 win back in October, which Eccles responded to with 41-8 home and 11-22 away league victories, before taking a third victory in the Lancashire U18 Colts Trophy Semi-Final in March, which Eccles won 30-29 with a late penalty kick in a close, hard fought game to progress to the County Trophy Final. Both teams will be looking to confirm their superiority over the other and a compelling competition is expected. Heaton Moor RUFC SK4 2NY is hosting all the Senior Colts League Finals and Eccles v Ormskirk Plate Final will be first to kick off at 11.30am (Bowl KO 1pm, Cup 2.45pm).
The Lancashire Plate Final – Eccles v Aspull -Kicks off at 12pm, at Rochdale RUFC.
Eccles and Aspull have both earned league promotion this season having finished as the top two teams of Lancs/Cheshire Div2. Champions Aspull have gone unbeaten this season with an impressive 20 wins from 20. The league fixtures between the teams have been close, fully-committed battles with Aspull coming from behind to win 31-20 in Wigan and take a 12-19 win at Eccles with first half penalties proving to be the difference between the sides. Eccles competed well in both contests, and were strong in the set piece, but were not as clinical as Aspull in the final third and will no doubt be looking to correct this and lift the silverware on Sunday. Rochdale RUFC OL11 5LU is hosting all the Lancashire Cup Finals and Eccles v Aspull will kick off at 12 pm High Noon. (Bowl KO 11.45am, Plate KO 12 pm, Trophy KO2pm, Cup KO4pm.)
After a couple of difficult years, 2018/19 has seen the ship righted at Eccles. Victory against Garstang in our last game will see our 1XV return to Level 7 competition next season. The 2XV have also enjoyed a strong season, even if promotion ultimately evaded them. Our 3XV have risen from the ashes to complete nine friendlies, with a view to returning to league rugby next season and our Senior Colts have won their league, and made it to two cup finals. So there’s plenty to celebrate on Sunday and we hope you can join us for an end of season day out. Let’s get numbers on the touchlines at both Finals to support the lads. Please allow extra time for your journey and parking at both venues which are expected to be busy.