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A Waddicar
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J Speakman (4)
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Sat 21 Oct 15:00 - Northern Division - North Lancs/Cumbria Full time

Weather dampens Bolton's spirits

Bolton 17 Aldwinians 18

It was a very wet and windy day at The Avenue and Bolton lost their unbeaten home record to Aldwinians in a very close encounter.
The match referee was on an exchange from Brighton as he is working locally. He thoroughly enjoyed the match and considering the conditions there was some really good rugby.
Bolton started the match off in really good style by putting Aldwinians under a lot of pressure and within the first five minutes Bolton were awarded a penalty which Joe Speakman converted. Within another four minutes Bolton were awarded another penalty and Speakman converted again. After more pressure from Bolton, again Aldwinians conceded their third penalty which was duly converted by Speakman. At this stage Bolton looked solid in both attack and defence and Aldwinians had no reply. In the twentieth minute Aldwinians made their first foray into Bolton’s twenty-two and after a line out they scored. Six minutes later Bolton conceded a penalty which was converted and at the end of the first half Aldwinians led 10 – 9.
In the second half the conditions got worse with heavy rain falling and a strong cross wind so both sides were making handling errors due a very slippery ball. Aldwinians kept to a simple game plan of passing the ball one out and driving but Bolton were not tackling around the legs and found it difficult to stop their progress. Bolton were offside in the fiftieth minute and Aldwinians converted the penalty to lead 13 – 9. Bolton had one or two very slick handling attacks and almost scored on one occasion. In the fifty-fifth minute Bolton were awarded a penalty because of a high tackle to Speakman but he recovered to step up to convert his fourth penalty. At this stage the game could have gone either way – it was that close. In the seventieth minute Bolton had a scrum on their five metre line, the ensuing kick to touch was charged down and Aldwinians scored a try to lead 18 -12. Bolton did not give up at this stage and pressed hard in Aldwinians twenty-two. Joe Speakman chipped the ball through, was tackled without the ball so the referee sin-binned the offender. Bolton took the scrum instead of the penalty and in the seventy-eighth minute Alex Waddicar went over for a try which meant that Bolton were one point behind before the conversion. Joe Speakman took the conversion in some adverse conditions and missed the kick which left Aldwinians as the winners by one point. It did go down to the wire with Joe’s kick but maybe it shouldn’t have if Bolton had taken their opportunities earlier in the match.
The league is wide open this year and the results are very mixed each week and there is no clear leader. Although Bolton lost they still retain their third place in the league.

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Joe Speakman

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Joe Speakman

Key moments

Penalty Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
Penalty Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
Penalty Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
Try Try for Aldwinians
Conversion Conversion for Aldwinians
Penalty Penalty kicked for Aldwinians
Penalty Penalty kicked for Aldwinians
Penalty Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
Try Try for Aldwinians
Try Alex Waddicar scores for Bolton


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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Joe Speakman is awarded player of the match for Bolton
80:00 Try 17 - 18
Alex Waddicar scores for Bolton
76:00 Try 12 - 18
Try for Aldwinians
53:00 Penalty 12 - 13
Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
45:00 Penalty 9 - 13
Penalty kicked for Aldwinians
End of period 1
25:00 Penalty 9 - 10
Penalty kicked for Aldwinians
21:00 Conversion 9 - 7
Conversion for Aldwinians
20:00 Try 9 - 5
Try for Aldwinians
15:00 Penalty 9 - 0
Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
10:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
4:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Bolton
  • Aldwinians
  • 0
  • Joe Speakman Penalty 4:00'
  • Joe Speakman Penalty 10:00'
  • Joe Speakman Penalty 15:00'
  • Try 20:00'
  • Conversion 21:00'
  • Penalty 25:00'
  • Penalty 45:00'
  • Joe Speakman Penalty 53:00'
  • Try 76:00'
  • Alex Waddicar Try 80:00'

Team selection

McKenna, Owen McKenna, Owen
Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Lockett, Lewis Lockett, Lewis
Speakman, Joe Speakman, Joe
Singleton, James Singleton, James
Wood, Andrew Wood, Andrew
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall
Sandbrook, Nick Sandbrook, Nick
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
Higgins, James Higgins, James
Evans, Gareth Evans, Gareth
Cockton, Chris Cockton, Chris
Tailor, Manny Tailor, Manny

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# Team Pl Pts
1. De La Salle (Salford) 26 98
2. Aspatria 26 97
3. Bolton 26 95
4. Wigton 26 82
5. Keswick 26 81
6. Oldham 26 76
7. Tarleton 26 75

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