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1st XV - Match centre

B Cottam, W Bate
C Brownlow (2)
A Waddicar
Penalty Try
Sat 3 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - North Lancs/Cumbria Full time

Five From Five

Aldwinians 12 Bolton 17

Bolton visited Aldwinians and came out winners to continue their unbeaten run of 2018.
This was always going to be a hard match for both sides and the muddy pitch didn’t help. Bolton’s defence kept Aldwinians’ big pack at bay and they managed to secure strong ball from both the lineouts and the scrums. It took until the seventeenth minute to break the deadlock. Bolton were entrenched in Aldwinians’ twenty-two. Bolton crossed the Aldwinians’ try line but were held up and at the ensuing scrum were awarded a penalty. Ben Cottam took a quick ‘tap and go’ and scored an easy try which Chris Brownlow converted. Bolton had the ascendency at this stage and tried to play running rugby, but the muddy conditions hindered their progress. In the thirty-eighth Bolton had a scrum which they drove forward. Will Bates picked up the ball and smashed his way over for Bolton’s second try. Chris Brownlow converted again.
Half-time score: Aldwinians 0 Bolton 14
At this stage it looked like Bolton were going to win the match comfortably. Aldwinians had other ideas. In the second half they really came to life and cause Bolton a few problems with their big forwards running at pace and making good yardage. Aldwinians scored their first try in the forty-sixth minute with a lovely chip over the Bolton’s defence for the winger to touch down. Their second try (sixty-sixth minute) of the half came from a five-metre scrum which Bolton were deemed to have collapsed it. The referee had no hesitation in giving a penalty try. Bolton now led 14-12. The game came a bit more alive with both teams wanting the win. Bolton were denied a couple of good scoring chances by last-minute defence by Aldwinians. Bolton’s defence got better and better towards the end of the game. In the seventy-sixth minute Bolton were awarded a penalty. Alex Waddicar added the three points to seal the result.
Full time: Aldwinians 12 Bolton 17
In places Bolton played some very good rugby and overall deserved the win. It was pleasing to get the fifth win of 2018. Considering the conditions both sides played very well. The pitch became very heavy towards the end, as too did the ball and this made passing and catching more difficult. Ben Cottam had a very good game in both defence and attack and was named Man of the Match.

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Ben Cottam

Player of the Match

Ben Cottam

Key moments

Try Ben Cottam scores for Bolton
Conversion Chris Brownlow kicks a conversion for Bolton
Try Will Bate scores for Bolton
Conversion Chris Brownlow kicks a conversion for Bolton
Try Try for Aldwinians
Conversion Conversion for Aldwinians
Penalty Alex Waddicar kicks a penalty for Bolton


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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Cottam is awarded player of the match for Bolton
70:00 Sub Off
Chris Cockton is substituted off for Bolton
70:00 Sub On
John Hodgkinson is substituted on for Bolton
65:00 Sub Off
Josh Holmes is substituted off for Bolton
65:00 Penalty 12 - 17
Alex Waddicar kicks a penalty for Bolton
65:00 Sub On
Kieran Shacklock is substituted on for Bolton
60:00 Sub On
Andrew Wood is substituted on for Bolton
60:00 Sub Off
Chris Brownlow is substituted off for Bolton
55:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Aldwinians
55:00 Conversion 12 - 14
Conversion for Aldwinians
45:00 Try 5 - 14
Try for Aldwinians
End of period 1
30:00 Try 0 - 12
Will Bate scores for Bolton
30:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Chris Brownlow kicks a conversion for Bolton
15:00 Try 0 - 5
Ben Cottam scores for Bolton
15:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Chris Brownlow kicks a conversion for Bolton
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As it happened

  • Aldwinians
  • Bolton
  • 0
  • Ben Cottam Try 15:00'
  • Chris Brownlow Conversion 15:00'
  • Will Bate Try 30:00'
  • Chris Brownlow Conversion 30:00'
  • Try 45:00'
  • Penalty Try 55:00'
  • Conversion 55:00'
  • Andrew Wood Sub On 60:00'
  • Chris Brownlow Sub Off 60:00'
  • Alex Waddicar Penalty 65:00'
  • Josh Holmes Sub Off 65:00'
  • Kieran Shacklock Sub On 65:00'
  • Chris Cockton Sub Off 70:00'
  • John Hodgkinson Sub On 70:00'

Team selection

McKenna, Owen McKenna, Owen
Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Brownlow, Chris Brownlow, Chris
Holmes, Josh Holmes, Josh
Singleton, James Singleton, James
Bate, Will Bate, Will
Cottam, Ben Cottam, Ben
Orrell, Connor Orrell, Connor
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
Chappelhow, Mark Chappelhow, Mark
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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