FOLLOWING an impressive victory against Vale of Lune, Bolton second XV won their second successive game of the year, beating hosts Eccles 37-17.

Bolton started the game strongly and won two consecutive penalties outside the Eccles 22.

However, they failed to convert the opportunities and had to show patience before the resilient Eccles defence cracked.

A lofted pass from prop Chris Turner picked out in-form winger Lucas Jarret to place the visitors just metres from the try line.

After a number of substantial hits Connor Orrell broke through the Eccles defence to score his first of two tries.

Against an aggressive Eccles defence Bolton remained on top for the rest of the half.

Centre Kenny Middleton, who was stepping up from Bolton’s high-flying thirds, displayed his strength, consistently punching his way through the line while providing a defensive rock in the middle.

The Bolton scrum stayed strong against a significantly heavier Eccles pack, creating a platform for two further tries from Middleton and flanker Orrell to make the score 23-0 at half time.

Despite an early try from Middleton Eccles dominated the majority of the second half.

The brawn of the hosts’ attack finally got the better of the Bolton defence and their three tries cut the visitors’ lead to just 13 with six minutes left.Bolton took the opportunity to regroup, led by number eight Matthew Parish, who demonstrated an immense tackling display, well-supported by talented youngsters Tom Crook, Jonny Wallis, Tom Evans and Alex Charnock.

Captain Rory Biggins’ consistent motivation kept Bolton’s resolve strong and, as Eccles began to tire, they wrestled back control, and a try put them 30-17 ahead.

A late try by full-back Brad McClure then completed a well-earned victory against a tough opponent.

The team will look to continue their run of form against in-form De La Salle on Saturday, kick off 2.15pm.