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1st XV - Match centre

Bolton
Littleborough
W Bate, L Critchlow, J Speakman, G Pritchard
Full time
Unknown
J Speakman (3)
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Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - North Lancs/Cumbria

Slippery when Wet

Bolton 26 Littleborough 8

It was the former players’ dinner on Saturday and Bolton entertained a strong Littleborough side, who were coming into the game having won three out of their four League matches.
Despite the rain and in front of a big crowd, Bolton kicked off. Straight away Littleborough started to dominate with their huge forwards making good ground. Due to an early injury to James Franks, in the ninth minute, Chris Cockton came on as substitute. Bolton were beginning to start to dominate the scrums and rucks and after twenty one minutes, Will Bate scored a super opening try by cutting through the Littleborough defence with lovely footwork. In the thirty second minute Bolton let Littleborough in for a very easy try. After the restart Bolton got on track again and were awarded a scrum close to Littleborough’s line. Gaz Pritchard drove over from the base of the scrum in the thirty sixth minute and Joe Speakman converted the try. The half time score was Bolton 12 Littleborough 5.
In the second half Bolton had lots of possession but due to the conditions, made the wrong decisions or gave the ball away. Littleborough opened their scoring in the second half with a penalty. This stung Bolton into action and in the sixty fifth minute, after very strong play from the base of a ruck, Manny Tailor drove over to score and Joe Speakman converted. Bolton’s defence was very much on top and they were putting Littleborough under a lot of pressure. In the seventy second minute Will Bate kicked to open space in Littleborough’s 22 which allowed Joe Speakman to jump for the ball against their winger, cling on to the ball, score in the corner and add the conversion. The last five minutes saw Littleborough really exert a lot of pressure close to Bolton’s try line but superb defence from Bolton didn’t allow them to score.
Although conditions made the ball very greasy, both sides tried to play good rugby. Bolton’s defensive line was very good and Littleborough were held at bay by some strong tackling. Bolton, perhaps, could have scored more points but that said they are still unbeaten at home this season. MoM Louis Critchlow.

Key moments

0:00
Try Will Bate scores for Bolton
0:00
Try Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
0:00
Try Joe Speakman scores for Bolton
0:00
Conversion Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
0:00
Try Gaz Pritchard scores for Bolton
0:00
Try Try for Littleborough
0:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Littleborough
5:00
Conversion Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
10:00
Conversion Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton

Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Louis Critchlow is awarded player of the match for Bolton
60:00 Sub Off
Mark Aspinall is substituted off for Bolton
60:00 Sub On
Sam Smith is substituted on for Bolton
End of period 1
10:00 Conversion 26 - 8
Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
10:00 Sub Off
James Franks is substituted off for Bolton
10:00 Sub On
Chris Cockton is substituted on for Bolton
5:00 Conversion 24 - 8
Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
0:00 Try 5 - 0
Will Bate scores for Bolton
0:00 Try 10 - 0
Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
0:00 Try 15 - 0
Joe Speakman scores for Bolton
0:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
0:00 Try 22 - 0
Gaz Pritchard scores for Bolton
0:00 Try 22 - 5
Try for Littleborough
0:00 Penalty 22 - 8
Penalty kicked for Littleborough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bolton
  • Littleborough
  • 0
  • Will Bate Try 0:00'
  • Louis Critchlow Try 0:00'
  • Joe Speakman Try 0:00'
  • Joe Speakman Conversion 0:00'
  • Gaz Pritchard Try 0:00'
  • Try 0:00'
  • Penalty 0:00'
  • Joe Speakman Conversion 5:00'
  • Joe Speakman Conversion 10:00'
  • James Franks Sub Off 10:00'
  • Chris Cockton Sub On 10:00'
  • Mark Aspinall Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sam Smith Sub On 60:00'
  • Louis Critchlow Player of the Match 80:00 +1:00'

Team selection

McKenna, Owen McKenna, Owen
Speakman, Joe Speakman, Joe
Aspinall, Mark Aspinall, Mark
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Singleton, James Singleton, James
Bate, Will Bate, Will
Pritchard, Gaz Pritchard, Gaz
Sandbrook, Nick Sandbrook, Nick
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
Higgins, James Higgins, James
Franks, James Franks, James
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall
Tailor, Manny Tailor, Manny

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Tarleton 6 25
2. Keswick 6 22
3. Bolton 6 21
4. De La Salle (Salford) 6 20
5. Fleetwood 6 19
6. Aspatria 6 17
7. Aldwinians 6 15

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