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1st XV - Match centre

Bolton
Fleetwood
B Cottam (2), A Waddicar, A Wood, J Stanfield, L Critchlow, R Pritchard
Tries
Unknown, Unknown
M Mills, J Speakman (3)
Conversions
Unknown
M Mills (2), J Speakman
Penalties
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 Full time

Sponsors Watch An Entertaining Game

Bolton 52 Fleetwood 12

It was ‘Sponsor Day’ at the Avenue last Saturday and the Cherry and Whites were on form to entertain everyone with a great display of running rugby to see off their opponents Fleetwood in some style.

An enthusiastic and well-attended home crowd watched Bolton start the game with the high intensity and belief that they have finished recent games. This lead to Bolton claiming their fourth win from their five matches so far, and crucially, their 4th try bonus point on the bounce. This means the Cherry & Whites head into the league break sat in 3rd place, behind Bowdon and Altrincham Kersal who both remain unbeaten.

Bolton opened their account within three minutes. A penalty opportunity brought about by some pressured phases of attack allowed Bolton to kick for the corner. The resulting maul provided number 8, Ben Cottam, with an easy ride to the try line. Mills was unsuccessful with the conversion from out wide.

29-09-2018 1sts vs Fleetwood
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At this stage, Fleetwood had not had a single touch of the ball and following an effective take at the restart Bolton set about ensuring that their possession stats remained high. The home side showed some flair in attack but frustratingly missed some early try-scoring opportunities to extend their lead. Fortunately, Mike Mills was on hand to push over two penalties to ensure the scoreboard kept ticking over.

By now Fleetwood had adjusted somewhat to the pace that Bolton were playing at and worked to get their own running game moving, utilising their strong 12 who appeared to be at the centre of most good things for the visitors all day. Bolton, however, stuck to their task and resolute defence made sure that Fleetwood did not add to the scoreboard in the first half.

With the clock ticking down, Bolton managed to secure a scrum close to the Fleetwood line. Tom Crook at loosehead, in for Chris Lane, made his presence felt at the set-piece and from the ensuing drive, Ben Cottam was on hand to to collect his second 5 pointer for the afternoon. This time Mills was on target and the half closed with Bolton 18-0 up and very much in the driving seat. However, a calf injury for Mills, meant a reshuffle of the Bolton backline with Andy Wood coming on in the somewhat unfamiliar position of 10 and Joe Speakman taking over the kicking duties.

Bolton commenced the second half in much the same way they had started the first, early pressure on Fleetwood resulted in a try for Rhys Pritchard after pressure at the ruck from Jonny Stanfield resulted in ball being hacked downfield. Speakman added the conversion and already Bolton were on the hunt for the bonus point try.

However, Fleetwood rallied and a well-worked move in midfield left Bolton looking forlorn as the Green and Golds crossed the whitewash in the 51st minute. Bolton responded almost immediately with Alex Waddicar receiving a pass in open space from Ash Cooper, in for his first start in almost 18 months. Waddicar charged down the left wing and evaded the attempted tackle to touch down in the corner. This secured the additional point for bolton and took the score to 23-5.

During the build up to the try, Bolton lost centre Chris Brownlow to injury. He was replaced with Josh Holmes and yet another reshuffle in the backline saw Rhys Pritchard move into the 13 slot with Holmes dropping into the back three. Bolton also decided to take Cooper from the field of play at this point, with Joe Smith coming in to replace him on the flank.

From the restart, the replacement Fleetwood prop was red carded for a dangerous high tackle on Louis Critchlow. Given that their starting prop had gone off injured at half-time, this meant the game would be completed with uncontested scrums. Fleetwood capitalized on this, moving their centre to 8 on their own put in to provide him with a platform to go forward from. Utilising this, Fleetwood were able to create a second try out wide, this time unconverted.

For the next 10 minutes, the game was littered with errors on both sides and only a solitary penalty from Joe Speakman was added to the scoreboard as Bolton looked to rebuild scoreboard pressure.

Once Bolton adjusted to the change at scrum time, that had been giving them a good platform they began to get back into their groove. The home side continued to apply pressure to the visitors and a break on the 22 from Chris Cockton allowed Andy Wood to coast over for a score, converted by Speakman. Two minutes later, Wood was involved once again, this time creating space down the right wing for Jonny Stanfield to run 50 metres around a tired Fleetwood defence and dot down under the posts.

Bolton ran in a final try to cap off an excellent performance, with Louis Critchlow the beneficiary of some continued Bolton pressure. Speakman added the conversion to give the scoreboard some additional gloss.

Final score: Bolton 52 Fleetwood 12

It was an impressive performance from Bolton and it showed improvement from last week in quite a few areas of the game. Perhaps Bolton should have scored a few more tries that were clearly available. That said the Cherry and Whites have now won the last four games in a row and are third in the league, which has ensured a successful September.

Man of Match: Rhys Pritchard

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Rhys Pritchard

Player of the Match

Rhys Pritchard

Key moments

3:00
Try Ben Cottam scores for Bolton
15:00
Penalty Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
23:00
Penalty Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
40:00
Try Ben Cottam scores for Bolton
40:00 +1:00
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
43:00
Try Rhys Pritchard scores for Bolton
44:00
Conversion Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
51:00
Try Try for Fleetwood
57:00
Try Alex Waddicar scores for Bolton
62:00
Try Try for Fleetwood
63:00
Conversion Conversion for Fleetwood
65:00
Penalty Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
70:00
Try Andrew Wood scores for Bolton
75:00
Try Jonny Stanfield scores for Bolton
76:00
Conversion Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
79:00
Try Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
80:00
Conversion Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton

Videos and photos

29-09-2018 1sts vs Fleetwood
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Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Rhys Pritchard is awarded player of the match for Bolton
80:00 Conversion 52 - 12
Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
79:00 Try 50 - 12
Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
76:00 Conversion 45 - 12
Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
75:00 Try 43 - 12
Jonny Stanfield scores for Bolton
70:00 Try 38 - 12
Andrew Wood scores for Bolton
65:00 Penalty 33 - 12
Joe Speakman kicks a penalty for Bolton
63:00 Conversion 30 - 12
Conversion for Fleetwood
62:00 Try 30 - 10
Try for Fleetwood
60:00 Sub Off
Ash Cooper is substituted off for Bolton
60:00 Sub On
Joe Smith is substituted on for Bolton
58:00 Sub On
Josh Holmes is substituted on for Bolton
58:00 Sub Off
Chris Brownlow is substituted off for Bolton
57:00 Try 30 - 5
Alex Waddicar scores for Bolton
51:00 Try 25 - 5
Try for Fleetwood
44:00 Conversion 25 - 0
Joe Speakman kicks a conversion for Bolton
43:00 Try 23 - 0
Rhys Pritchard scores for Bolton
40:00 Sub On
Andrew Wood is substituted on for Bolton
40:00 Sub Off
Mike Mills is substituted off for Bolton
End of period 1
40:00 +1:00 Conversion 18 - 0
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
40:00 Try 16 - 0
Ben Cottam scores for Bolton
23:00 Penalty 11 - 0
Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
15:00 Penalty 8 - 0
Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
4:00 Missed Conversion
Mike Mills misses a conversion for Bolton
3:00 Try 5 - 0
Ben Cottam scores for Bolton
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As it happened

  • Bolton
  • Fleetwood
  • 0
  • Ben Cottam Try 3:00'
  • Mike Mills Penalty 15:00'
  • Mike Mills Penalty 23:00'
  • Ben Cottam Try 40:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 40:00 +1:00'
  • Mike Mills Sub Off 40:00'
  • Andrew Wood Sub On 40:00'
  • Rhys Pritchard Try 43:00'
  • Joe Speakman Conversion 44:00'
  • Try 51:00'
  • Alex Waddicar Try 57:00'
  • Chris Brownlow Sub Off 58:00'
  • Josh Holmes Sub On 58:00'
  • Ash Cooper Sub Off 60:00'
  • Joe Smith Sub On 60:00'
  • Try 62:00'
  • Conversion 63:00'
  • Joe Speakman Penalty 65:00'
  • Andrew Wood Try 70:00'
  • Jonny Stanfield Try 75:00'
  • Joe Speakman Conversion 76:00'
  • Louis Critchlow Try 79:00'
  • Joe Speakman Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Stanfield, Jonny Stanfield, Jonny
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Brownlow, Chris Brownlow, Chris
Speakman, Joe Speakman, Joe
Mills, Mike Mills, Mike
Bate, Will Bate, Will
Cottam, Ben Cottam, Ben
Swift, Tom Swift, Tom
Cooper, Ash Cooper, Ash
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
McLaughlin, Tony McLaughlin, Tony
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall
Cockton, Chris Cockton, Chris
Crook, Tom Crook, Tom

League round up

Other Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 results

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Tarleton
Glossop
19
27
Rochdale
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham Kersal 12 55
2. Bowdon 12 50
3. Bolton 12 45
4. Rochdale 12 44
5. Glossop 11 38
6. Winnington Park 11 31
7. Southport 12 27

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