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Sat 2 Dec 14:15 - Northern Division - North Lancs/Cumbria Full time

Better team performance, but still not quite there


Wigton 28 - Bolton22

Bolton travelled up to Wigton for their next league game. Bolton have always had a warm welcome at Wigton and Saturday was no exception. Bolton had not played the previous week as the match against Keswick was postponed. Meanwhile Wigton continued their unbeaten run at home.
The match began evenly with both sides tackling well and trying to run the ball. There were some big hits going in and Bolton were able to recycle the ball and made some strong inroads in the Wigton defence. Wigton were able to win the lineouts and that gave them a good base to launch their big forwards, but Bolton’s well drilled defence held firm. In the eighteenth minute Bolton gave away a penalty which Wigton converted. Then two minutes later Wigton scored a try and converted it to lead 10 – 0. An injury to hooker Chris Cockton brought on Rory Biggins to play his first game of this season for the First Team. In the thirty-fifth minute a lovely inside ball to Louis Critchlow saw him charge into the Wigton twenty-two and with only the fullback to beat he passed to Rory Biggins for Bolton’s first try. Wigton came back to put a lot of pressure on Bolton’s try line and again their defence held up. In the forty-first minute Wigton scored and converted. This score was a little unfortunate for Bolton as the referee ran into the Bolton tackler and seemed to block him from tackling the Wigton scorer.
Half-time score Wigton 17 Bolton 5
At half-time Bolton made a substitution which meant Ben Cottam played his debut game for the Firsts. Bolton started the second half very well and pressurised Wigton into conceding a penalty in the forty-fourth minute which Joe Speakman converted. From deep within their own half Bolton launched an attack on the right wing which saw Andrew Wood in space. He drew the Wigton winger on the half way line, passed the ball to Kieran Shacklock who ran fifty metres to score whilst beating the covering defence and Joe Speakman converted the try. Again, Bolton put Wigton under more pressure and after a few attempts to drive the ball over the line the ball came out to captain Rhys Pritchard who cut through the Wigton defence for a try in the fiftieth minute which Speakman converted again. Wigton came back with renewed vigour and were awarded two penalties in the fifty-seventh and seventieth minutes and took the lead for the first time in the second half, 23-22. Just before the second penalty Louis Critchlow was sin-binned for ten minutes which didn’t help Bolton’s cause being a man down. Louis came back on and unfortunately had to depart again due to injury. In the seventy-third minute Wigton scored a good try in the corner to lead 28-22. Despite a valiant effort from Bolton in the final few minutes that was the final score.
Bolton played some good rugby, showed a lot of commitment and effort throughout the game and more importantly, played well as a team. They were unlucky not to come away with a win.

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Rhys Pritchard

Player of the Match

Rhys Pritchard

Key moments

Penalty Penalty kicked for Wigton
Try Try for Wigton
Conversion Conversion for Wigton
Try Rory Biggins scores for Bolton
Try Try for Wigton
Conversion Conversion for Wigton
Penalty Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
Try Kieran Shacklock scores for Bolton
Conversion Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
Try Rhys Pritchard scores for Bolton
Conversion Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
Penalty Penalty kicked for Wigton
Penalty Penalty kicked for Wigton
Try Try for Wigton


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80:00 Player of the Match
Rhys Pritchard is awarded player of the match for Bolton
75:00 Try 28 - 22
Try for Wigton
70:00 Yellow Card
Louis Critchlow is yellow carded for Bolton
70:00 Penalty 23 - 22
Penalty kicked for Wigton
60:00 Penalty 20 - 22
Penalty kicked for Wigton
54:00 Conversion 17 - 22
Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
53:00 Try 17 - 20
Rhys Pritchard scores for Bolton
50:00 Sub On
Rick Sandbrook is substituted on for Bolton
50:00 Sub Off
Kieran Shacklock is substituted off for Bolton
48:00 Conversion 17 - 15
Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
47:00 Try 17 - 13
Kieran Shacklock scores for Bolton
44:00 Penalty 17 - 8
Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
40:00 Sub Off
James Higgins is substituted off for Bolton
40:00 Sub On
Ben Cottam is substituted on for Bolton
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 12 - 5
Conversion for Wigton
39:00 Try 17 - 5
Try for Wigton
35:00 Try 10 - 5
Rory Biggins scores for Bolton
30:00 Sub Off
Chris Cockton is substituted off for Bolton
30:00 Sub On
Rory Biggins is substituted on for Bolton
21:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Conversion for Wigton
20:00 Try 8 - 0
Try for Wigton
18:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Wigton
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Wigton
  • Bolton
  • 0
  • Penalty 18:00'
  • Try 20:00'
  • Conversion 21:00'
  • Chris Cockton Sub Off 30:00'
  • Rory Biggins Sub On 30:00'
  • Rory Biggins Try 35:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Conversion 39:00'
  • James Higgins Sub Off 40:00'
  • Ben Cottam Sub On 40:00'
  • Joe Speakman Penalty 44:00'
  • Kieran Shacklock Try 47:00'
  • Joe Speakman Conversion 48:00'
  • Kieran Shacklock Sub Off 50:00'
  • Rick Sandbrook Sub On 50:00'
  • Rhys Pritchard Try 53:00'
  • Joe Speakman Conversion 54:00'
  • Penalty 60:00'
  • Louis Critchlow Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Penalty 70:00'
  • Try 75:00'

Team selection

Speakman, Joe Speakman, Joe
Shacklock, Kieran Shacklock, Kieran
Holmes, Josh Holmes, Josh
Wood, Andrew Wood, Andrew
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Sandbrook, Nick Sandbrook, Nick
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall
Higgins, James Higgins, James
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Chappelhow, Mark Chappelhow, Mark
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
Tailor, Manny Tailor, Manny
Cockton, Chris Cockton, Chris
Evans, Gareth Evans, Gareth

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League table

# 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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