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Bolton
Aspatria
R McClusky, J Robinson, N Murphy (2), L Critchlow
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
M Mills (3), A Waddicar
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown
M Mills (3)
Penalties
Sat 31 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - North Lancs/Cumbria Full time

A round dozen

Bolton 42 Aspatria 29

This game was always going to be a challenge for Bolton. The fixture had already been called off twice due to the inclement weather. Both teams needed a win to further their progress in the league.
The game started with Bolton showing why they have done so well this year; they tackled well and moved the ball into space. They were rewarded with a try in the sixth minute which Ryan McClusky scored from a driving maul. Aspatria came back in the thirteenth minute with a converted try to lead 7 -5. In the sixteenth minute Mike Mills converted a penalty for Bolton to take the lead again. Bolton were now showing far greater consistency and held on to the ball well and were making inroads in the Aspatria defence. In the twenty-second minute Jack Robinson scored a good try which Mike Mills converted. He then added a penalty in the twenty-fourth minute. Bolton at this stage deserved their scores and in the twenty-eighth minute Niall Murphy scored a try from a good run from Jack Robinson, Mills converted again. They finished off the half in the thirty-second minute by Mike Mills converting a penalty.
Half-time score: Bolton 28 Aspatria 7
There was no doubt that Aspatria were going to come back in the second half with their big forwards running hard and cause Bolton some problems. Bolton opened the scoring with a lovely inside ball form James Singleton to Louis Critchlow, who crashed over. Mills added the conversion. Aspatria started to play with a bit more authority and scored a good try in the sixty-fifth minute. Bolton had a good drive near Aspatria’s line and Niall Murphy went over for his second try of the afternoon which Alex Waddicar converted. Bolton began to tire in the last ten minutes and conceded two tries; one was well worked and the other was a bit of a give-away.
Full time score: Bolton 42 Aspatria 29
Bolton were the better side on the day and deserved the win. This is their twelve win in a row and now they are second position in the league. With three matches to go, can they sustain this winning streak? The Man of the Match was Mike Mills. That said, there were some really good performances from many of the team

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Mike Mills

Player of the Match

Mike Mills

Key moments

6:00
Try Ryan McClusky scores for Bolton
13:00
Try Try for Aspatria
13:00
Conversion Conversion for Aspatria
16:00
Penalty Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
22:00
Try Jack Robinson scores for Bolton
22:00
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
24:00
Penalty Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
28:00
Try Niall Murphy scores for Bolton
28:00
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
32:00
Penalty Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
33:00
Try Try for Aspatria
50:00
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
50:00
Try Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
60:00
Try Try for Aspatria
65:00
Conversion Alex Waddicar kicks a conversion for Bolton
65:00
Try Niall Murphy scores for Bolton
73:00
Try Try for Aspatria
77:00
Try Try for Aspatria
77:00
Conversion Conversion for Aspatria

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Mike Mills is awarded player of the match for Bolton
77:00 Try 42 - 27
Try for Aspatria
77:00 Conversion 42 - 29
Conversion for Aspatria
73:00 Try 42 - 22
Try for Aspatria
66:00 Sub On
Joe Speakman is substituted on for Bolton
66:00 Sub Off
Louis Critchlow is substituted off for Bolton
65:00 Try 42 - 17
Niall Murphy scores for Bolton
65:00 Conversion 37 - 17
Alex Waddicar kicks a conversion for Bolton
60:00 Sub Off
Danny Joseph is substituted off for Bolton
60:00 Sub On
Jonny Stanfield is substituted on for Bolton
60:00 Try 35 - 17
Try for Aspatria
50:00 Conversion 30 - 12
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
50:00 Try 35 - 12
Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
40:00 Sub Off
Jack Robinson is substituted off for Bolton
40:00 Sub On
James Singleton is substituted on for Bolton
End of period 1
33:00 Try 28 - 12
Try for Aspatria
32:00 Penalty 28 - 7
Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
30:00 Sub On
Josh Holmes is substituted on for Bolton
30:00 Sub Off
Jonny Stanfield is substituted off for Bolton
28:00 Conversion 25 - 7
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
28:00 Try 23 - 7
Niall Murphy scores for Bolton
24:00 Penalty 18 - 7
Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
22:00 Try 13 - 7
Jack Robinson scores for Bolton
22:00 Conversion 15 - 7
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
16:00 Penalty 8 - 7
Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
13:00 Conversion 5 - 2
Conversion for Aspatria
13:00 Try 5 - 7
Try for Aspatria
6:00 Try 5 - 0
Ryan McClusky scores for Bolton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bolton
  • Aspatria
  • 0
  • Ryan McClusky Try 6:00'
  • Try 13:00'
  • Conversion 13:00'
  • Mike Mills Penalty 16:00'
  • Jack Robinson Try 22:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 22:00'
  • Mike Mills Penalty 24:00'
  • Niall Murphy Try 28:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 28:00'
  • Jonny Stanfield Sub Off 30:00'
  • Josh Holmes Sub On 30:00'
  • Mike Mills Penalty 32:00'
  • Try 33:00'
  • Jack Robinson Sub Off 40:00'
  • James Singleton Sub On 40:00'
  • Louis Critchlow Try 50:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 50:00'
  • Danny Joseph Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jonny Stanfield Sub On 60:00'
  • Try 60:00'
  • Niall Murphy Try 65:00'
  • Alex Waddicar Conversion 65:00'
  • Louis Critchlow Sub Off 66:00'
  • Joe Speakman Sub On 66:00'
  • Try 73:00'
  • Try 77:00'
  • Conversion 77:00'

Team selection

Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Stanfield, Jonny Stanfield, Jonny
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Wood, Andrew Wood, Andrew
Joseph, Danny Joseph, Danny
Mills, Mike Mills, Mike
Robinson, Jack Robinson, Jack
Pritchard, Gaz Pritchard, Gaz
Swift, Tom Swift, Tom
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
Chappelhow, Mark Chappelhow, Mark
Tailor, Manny Tailor, Manny
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall
Evans, Gareth Evans, Gareth

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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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