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L Critchlow, B Cottam
M Mills
M Mills
Sat 8 Dec 14:15 - Northern Division - Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 Full time

A Draw At Hoylake


Hoylake 15 Bolton 15

Bolton travelled to the Wirral for a first-time fixture with Hoylake. It was a very windy and rainy afternoon. Even during the warm-up, the heavens opened, and all the players were soaked before the match started.
The wind was blowing diagonal across the pitch. Hoylake started the game with intent and took the game to Bolton, with some direct running and good ball retention. Bolton tackled well and when they won the ball, they moved it wide and made good ground. In the twelfth minute Bolton had the ball close to Hoylake’s line and after two attempts to drive over the line, which were thwarted by Hoylake, a lovely inside ball from Harry Stocks saw Louis Critchlow crash over for the first score of the match. Mike Mills added the conversion. Bolton had a couple of clear chances to increase their lead, but poor decision making meant they lost those opportunities. In the twenty-first minute Hoylake scored and added the conversion. Again, the opportunity for Bolton to score was denied by good tackling from Hoylake and poor ball retention from Bolton. In the thirty-first minute Mike Mills converted a penalty. The final try of the half went to Hoylake in the thirty-ninth minute.
Half-time score: Hoylake 12 Bolton 10
The rain persisted in the second half and the pitch began to cut up and both sides tested each other’s defence at the beginning of the second half. In the fifty-fifth minute Hoylake had a penalty for off-side which they converted. Bolton were very much on top and some very stout defence from Hoylake held them out. Will Bate and Ben Cottam made some strong runs at this stage of the match. Mike Mills was unlucky when his penalty kick hit the post and rebounded back into play. In the sixty- eighth minute Bolton were held up over the try line. Bolton kept the pressure on Hoylake and right at the end of the match Ben Cottam scored a try form a rolling maul. The ensuing conversion, by Mike Mills, hit the post again and both sides had to settle for a draw.
Final Score: Hoylake 15 Bolton 15
Hoylake were a very spirited side and defended well. Bolton should have scored three or four more tries, particularly in the first half. They had to be content with a hard-earnt draw. Bolton are still third in the Lancashire/Cheshire League 1.

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Ben Cottam

Player of the Match

Ben Cottam

Key moments

Try Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
Conversion Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
Try Try for Hoylake
Conversion Conversion for Hoylake
Penalty Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
Try Try for Hoylake
Penalty Penalty kicked for Hoylake
Try Ben Cottam scores for Bolton


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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Cottam is awarded player of the match for Bolton
68:00 Try 15 - 15
Ben Cottam scores for Bolton
55:00 Penalty 15 - 10
Penalty kicked for Hoylake
End of period 1
39:00 Try 12 - 10
Try for Hoylake
31:00 Penalty 7 - 10
Mike Mills kicks a penalty for Bolton
21:00 Try 5 - 7
Try for Hoylake
21:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Conversion for Hoylake
12:00 Try 0 - 5
Louis Critchlow scores for Bolton
12:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Mike Mills kicks a conversion for Bolton
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As it happened

  • Hoylake
  • Bolton
  • 0
  • Louis Critchlow Try 12:00'
  • Mike Mills Conversion 12:00'
  • Try 21:00'
  • Conversion 21:00'
  • Mike Mills Penalty 31:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Penalty 55:00'
  • Ben Cottam Try 68:00'

Team selection

Holmes, Josh Holmes, Josh
Stanfield, Jonny Stanfield, Jonny
Bate, Will Bate, Will
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Speakman, Joe Speakman, Joe
Mills, Mike Mills, Mike
Stocks, Harry Stocks, Harry
Cottam, Ben Cottam, Ben
Swift, Tom Swift, Tom
Cooper, Ash Cooper, Ash
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall
Biggins, Rory Biggins, Rory
Evans, Gareth Evans, Gareth

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# 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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