Hard-fought victory for Blackbrook

Blackbrook 18 Eccles & Salford JNRS 8

BROOK made it through the first stage of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a hard fought win against their Conference League opponents.

The frost finally melted leaving Brook with a rare Sunday afternoon game as the trail to Wembley got under way.

The home side appeared to take the lead on 15 minutes when centre Danny Davies broke clear down the left channel and crossed in the corner – only for the linesman to bring the play back to halfway, after spotting a forward pass.

Minutes later Dave Weldon sent Davies away again, and this time there was no infringement as Brook’s speedy centre beat the cover and finished off with a try under the posts.

Brook failed to make their early possession count as Eccles’ dogged defence held several raids out. Barry McGilvray and Craig Littler were both denied close to the line.

And two unconverted tries in the last five minutes of the first period gave the visitors a surprising half-time lead. Andy Muscat scored following a kick and forward Mike Davies crashed over from close range.

Eccles had chances to increase their lead early in the second half too, but Brook’s defence held firm.

And 15 minutes into the half, Brook regained their lead.

After winning a pressure-relieving free kick, a Davies break took Brook deep into the visitors’ territory.

A blind side run and a great offload from Dave Llewellyn then sent Davies over for his second try with Scott Holland adding a difficult conversion.

With 12 minutes left on the clock, it was Danny Davies who completed his third hat-trick in four games, as he cut through a hole in the Eccles defence to finish in style.

Brook will next face a home game against the winners of Warrington Wizards and East Leeds.

Brook’s hard-working hooker Ian Holland was selected as the Tisdalls Man of the Match with Dave Llewellyn picking up the AB Sundecks gong.