On a cold wet Monday, the past weekend could well have been the last of the summer. Both of the matches that ickledot saw were played in warm sunshine, with only a few drops of rain later on. The first game involved Doncaster Knights in a winning mood and more of that in coming days. The second, as a week ago, involved the women of West Park Leeds.
This time it was away, across the Pennines to Eccles. With a so far unblemished record, the home side were set to present WPL with their stiffest challenge yet. Having scraped a draw in their previous outing a week ago, both players and supporters were hoping for a more consistent performance from the Yorkshire side.
The signs didn't look good when Eccles almost scored with seconds on the clock, and then promptly ran through and scored for real only moments later. The try was converted and West Park were seven points adrift before they'd had time to draw breath. They're a patient, resilient lot though and, after enjoying a phase or two of possession, Alex Wallace broke through on the right (above). No stopping her and there was relief all round when she dived over for the first try.
From then on West Park were always in the ascendancy but Eccles' stubborn resistance and refusal to give in meant that the game was in the balance right up to the last few minutes. With a final score of 29-36, it was a highly entertaining match with plenty of open attacking play.
Well done to both sides. As always, you can see more images from the game over on Flickr.