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1st XV - Match centre

Rochdale
Bolton
Unknown, Unknown
Tries
J Holmes (2), L Critchlow, A Waddicar, W Bate
Unknown
Conversions
M Mills (3)
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 Full time

First win of the Season

Rochdale 12 Bolton 31


On Saturday, Bolton visited Rochdale for the first time in many years. Both teams were beaten in the first match of the season, so this match was going to be ‘a winner takes all’ type of game.
Bolton started the game in a more positive way than last week. Good defence and strong tackling in the fourth minute led to Jack Robinson making a break down the left wing, beating his man on the outside, then passing inside to Rhys Pritchard, who in turn drew the fullback and passed to Josh Holmes to score. Mike Mills added the conversion. Rochdale slowly started to come back into the game through their forwards, but Bolton’s defence was strong. In the twenty-eighth minute Bolton were awarded a penalty just outside the Rochdale twenty-two, but unfortunately Mike Mills kicked it wide. Not deterred, Bolton kept up the pressure and within three minutes they were on the scoreboard again via a lovely chip-through from Will Bate. Josh Holmes beat the opposition to the touchdown. Mills added the conversion again. Then Rochdale really came into the game and put Bolton under a lot of pressure for about six or seven minutes close to Bolton’s goal-line and should have scored but again Bolton’s defence held firm. In the thirty-fourth minute Bolton had moved up into Rochdale’s twenty-two and Niall Murphy made a lovely pass to put Louis Critchlow in for his second try of the season. Mike Mills added the conversion. In the thirty-eighth minute Rochdale had a five-metre scrum and pushed Bolton back so their number 8 scored.
Half time score: Rochdale 7 Bolton 21
Bolton started the second half very well - from the restart they worked their way down field and were awarded a penalty; Will Bate took it quickly and Jack Robinson was up in support. He took Will’s pass, drew the full back and passed to Alex Waddicar who scored the try in the forty-third minute. Rochdale worked hard to make indents to Bolton’s defence through their forwards; coming close to scoring on a couple of occasions. In the fifty-fifth minute Will Bate ran through the Rochdale defence and scored a very good individual try. Rochdale replied with a try from a well-coordinated catch and drive from a five-metre lineout. The final whistle blew with Rochdale still trying to use their forwards to break down the Bolton defence.
Final Score: Rochdale 12 Bolton 31
This was a much better performance from the Bolton team in both attack and defence. Although Rochdale were beaten, they ensured Bolton worked for the win. Congratulations to Tom Crooks who made his first appearance for the first team.
Man of the Match: Josh Holmes

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Key moments

4:00
Try Josh Holmes scores for Bolton
5:00
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
31:00
Try Josh Holmes scores for Bolton
32:00
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
35:00
Try Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
36:00
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
39:00
Try Try for Rochdale
40:00
Conversion Conversion for Rochdale
43:00
Try Alex Waddicar scores for Bolton
55:00
Try Will Bate scores for Bolton
68:00
Try Try for Rochdale

Highlights

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70:00 Sub On
Alex Waddicar is substituted on for Bolton
70:00 Sub Off
Will Bate is substituted off for Bolton
68:00 Try 12 - 31
Try for Rochdale
62:00 Sub Off
Jack Robinson is substituted off for Bolton
62:00 Sub On
James Kelly is substituted on for Bolton
60:00 Sub Off
Alex Waddicar is substituted off for Bolton
60:00 Sub On
Jonny Stanfield is substituted on for Bolton
55:00 Try 7 - 31
Will Bate scores for Bolton
50:00 Sub On
Chris Cockton is substituted on for Bolton
50:00 Sub Off
Rory Biggins is substituted off for Bolton
43:00 Try 7 - 26
Alex Waddicar scores for Bolton
End of period 1
40:00 Conversion 7 - 21
Conversion for Rochdale
39:00 Try 5 - 21
Try for Rochdale
36:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
35:00 Try 0 - 19
Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
32:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
31:00 Try 0 - 12
Josh Holmes scores for Bolton
28:00 Missed Penalty
Mike Mills misses a penalty for Bolton
5:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
4:00 Try 0 - 5
Josh Holmes scores for Bolton
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As it happened

  • Rochdale
  • Bolton
  • 0
  • Josh Holmes Try 4:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 5:00'
  • Josh Holmes Try 31:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 32:00'
  • Louis Critchlow Try 35:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 36:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Conversion 40:00'
  • Alex Waddicar Try 43:00'
  • Rory Biggins Sub Off 50:00'
  • Chris Cockton Sub On 50:00'
  • Will Bate Try 55:00'
  • Alex Waddicar Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jonny Stanfield Sub On 60:00'
  • Jack Robinson Sub Off 62:00'
  • James Kelly Sub On 62:00'
  • Try 68:00'
  • Will Bate Sub Off 70:00'
  • Alex Waddicar Sub On 70:00'

Team selection

Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Robinson, Jack Robinson, Jack
Bate, Will Bate, Will
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Holmes, Josh Holmes, Josh
Mills, Mike Mills, Mike
Singleton, James Singleton, James
Pritchard, Gaz Pritchard, Gaz
Cottam, Ben Cottam, Ben
Swift, Tom Swift, Tom
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
McLaughlin, Tony McLaughlin, Tony
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall
Biggins, Rory Biggins, Rory
Crook, Tom Crook, Tom

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham Kersal 3 15
2. Bowdon 3 14
3. Glossop 2 10
4. Bolton 3 10
5. Tarleton 3 7
6. Rochdale 3 6
7. Fleetwood 2 6

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