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L Critchlow
M Mills
Sat 1 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 Full time

A New Beginning


Bolton 7 Bowdon 49

Bolton, this season, have been moved into the North Cheshire and Lancashire League 7. This includes teams from North Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire. Also this means that Bolton will not have to travel up to Cumbria for league matches.
The first match of the season can be an indicator of how the season might progress and the standard of the other teams in your league. Bowdon visited The Avenue for the first time in many years and went away with the spoils.
Bowdon started the game very well with good ball retention, some hard running, scored a try and added a penalty within the first ten minutes. Bolton were a bit slow off the mark and had hardly any ball to play with. When they did get the ball, they lost in the tackle or the ball was turned over. Bowdon continued to pressure, Bolton were slowly finding their feet. Bowdon scored a penalty and a try in the twenty and twenty-fifth minutes. Later in the half, Bolton applied some good pressure and almost scored twice with Sam Smith being tackled into touch very close to the try-line. Rory Biggins missed out on the touchdown by centimetres. Bowdon came back with two quick tries just before half-time.

Half-time score: Bolton 0 Bowdon 32

The second half was a slightly closer affair. Bolton found a bit of rhythm and after an early try by Bowdon, Ben Cottam scored in the fifty-fourth minute which Mike Mills converted. Bolton had a lot of pressure in the second half and had Bowdon stuck on their goal line. Louis Critchlow went over the line from a quick penalty only for the referee to bring the play back because it wasn’t taken from the mark. Bowden scored a good try in the sixty-first minute and crowned their performance with a final try on the eightieth minute.
Bowdon played well during the game. Their breakdown work was excellent, they played a good support pattern around their number ten. Bolton have a few things to improve on and in time they will be very much part of this new league structure.

Final score: Bolton 7 Bowdon 49

Man of the Match: Gaz Pritchard.

Gaz Pritchard

Player of the Match

Gaz Pritchard

Key moments

Try Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton


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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Gaz Pritchard is awarded player of the match for Bolton
55:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
54:00 Try 5 - 0
Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
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As it happened

  • Bolton
  • Bowdon
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  • Louis Critchlow Try 54:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 55:00'

Team selection

Robinson, Jack Robinson, Jack
Holmes, Josh Holmes, Josh
Bate, Will Bate, Will
Wood, Andrew Wood, Andrew
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Mills, Mike Mills, Mike
Singleton, James Singleton, James
Pritchard, Gaz Pritchard, Gaz
Cottam, Ben Cottam, Ben
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
McLaughlin, Tony McLaughlin, Tony
Evans, Gareth Evans, Gareth
Biggins, Rory Biggins, Rory
Tailor, Manny Tailor, Manny

League round up

Other Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 results

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham Kersal 24 105
2. Bowdon 24 98
3. Glossop 24 92
4. Bolton 24 87
5. Rochdale 24 87
6. Winnington Park 24 71
7. Leigh 24 51

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