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1st XV - Match centre

R Pritchard, W Bate
L Lockett
L Lockett (2)
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Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 Full time

A Very Close Encounter


Bolton 18 Glossop 21

Bolton hosted Glossop at The Avenue last Saturday for the first time. Both teams’ previous encounter ended up in a 20-20 draw at Glossop. It was going to be a close game this time. Our sponsors ‘Stafford &Co’ and Compost Corner were looking forward to a good match.
The game started like a whirlwind. Firstly, Bolton took the lead with a penalty from Lewis Lockett in the first two minutes. Then two minutes later Glossop scored a try and added the conversion. The game settled down after that and both sides’ defence were very dominant. Bolton had a chance to narrow the gap, but the penalty kick just went underneath the bar in the eleventh minute. In the eighteenth minute Glossop converted a penalty to lead 10 -3. Bolton were finding it difficult to gain possession as Glossop were dominating the scrums. Bolton were awarded a penalty in the twenty-second minute which Lewis Lockett converted. Bolton’s forwards had a really good spell retaining the ball and in the twenty-eighth minute a drive by the forwards enabled James Singleton to quickly pass the ball out to Lewis Lockett, who in turn passed the ball. Unfortunately, the ball went to ground, but full back, Rhys Pritchard, made a fantastic pick-up and raced over the line to score. Lewis added the conversion. Glossop had much of the possession and Bolton’s defence was outstanding as they often turned over the ball. In the forty-third minute Glossop scored a try.
Half-time score: Bolton 13 Glossop 15
In the second half Bolton still struggled at the scrums; often the ball they got was going backwards and this made life difficult for the backs to really get going. Injuries to James Higgins, Lewis Lockett and Tony McLoughlin enabled substitutes Mark Chappelhow, Tom Swift and Matt Robinson to enter the fray. Glossop’s defence was strong, and they tackled low and hard. This made it difficult for Bolton to make real headway when they had the ball. In the fifty-sixth minute Glossop kicked a penalty to extend their lead. There were some good runs back from kicked balls by the back three of Rhys Pritchard, Ryan McClusky and Jack Robinson. Up front the tackling was tough and a few niggles started. Glossop had another penalty and at this stage Bolton needed to score twice to win. They never gave up and were rewarded with a try in the seventy-eighth minute. After a great chase, which made the Glossop winger touch the ball down in his own in goal area, Bolton scored from the ensuing scrum. A quick hook by Chris Cockton, enabled Gaz Pritchard to pick and go at number eight, Gaz drew his man and passed to Will Bate who dived over to score.
Final score: Bolton 18 Glossop 21
It was a hard-fought game by both sides. Both defences were strong, and this resulted in a stilted game. Having played one hundred and sixty minutes of rugby, resulting in only a three-point margin to Glossop, shows how evenly matched the teams were.
Man of the Match: Gaz Pritchard

Gaz Pritchard

Player of the Match

Gaz Pritchard

Key moments

Penalty Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton
Try Try for Glossop
Conversion Conversion for Glossop
Penalty Penalty kicked for Glossop
Penalty Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton
Try Rhys Pritchard scores for Bolton
Conversion Lewis Lockett kicks a conversion for Bolton
Try Try for Glossop
Penalty Penalty kicked for Glossop
Penalty Penalty kicked for Glossop
Try Will Bate scores for Bolton


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80:00 Player of the Match
Gaz Pritchard is awarded player of the match for Bolton
80:00 Try 18 - 21
Will Bate scores for Bolton
65:00 Sub Off
Lewis Lockett is substituted off for Bolton
65:00 Sub On
Matty Robinson is substituted on for Bolton
65:00 Penalty 13 - 21
Penalty kicked for Glossop
60:00 Sub Off
Tony McLaughlin is substituted off for Bolton
60:00 Sub On
Mark Chappelhow is substituted on for Bolton
56:00 Penalty 13 - 18
Penalty kicked for Glossop
50:00 Sub Off
James Higgins is substituted off for Bolton
50:00 Sub On
Tom Swift is substituted on for Bolton
End of period 1
40:00 Try 13 - 15
Try for Glossop
28:00 Conversion 13 - 10
Lewis Lockett kicks a conversion for Bolton
28:00 Try 11 - 10
Rhys Pritchard scores for Bolton
22:00 Penalty 6 - 10
Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton
18:00 Penalty 3 - 10
Penalty kicked for Glossop
4:00 Try 3 - 5
Try for Glossop
4:00 Conversion 3 - 7
Conversion for Glossop
2:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Bolton
  • Glossop
  • 0
  • Lewis Lockett Penalty 2:00'
  • Try 4:00'
  • Conversion 4:00'
  • Penalty 18:00'
  • Lewis Lockett Penalty 22:00'
  • Rhys Pritchard Try 28:00'
  • Lewis Lockett Conversion 28:00'
  • Try 40:00'
  • James Higgins Sub Off 50:00'
  • Tom Swift Sub On 50:00'
  • Penalty 56:00'
  • Mark Chappelhow Sub On 60:00'
  • Tony McLaughlin Sub Off 60:00'
  • Lewis Lockett Sub Off 65:00'
  • Matty Robinson Sub On 65:00'
  • Penalty 65:00'
  • Will Bate Try 80:00'

Team selection

Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Bate, Will Bate, Will
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Robinson, Jack Robinson, Jack
Lockett, Lewis Lockett, Lewis
Singleton, James Singleton, James
Pritchard, Gaz Pritchard, Gaz
Higgins, James Higgins, James
Cooper, Ash Cooper, Ash
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
McLaughlin, Tony McLaughlin, Tony
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall
Cockton, Chris Cockton, Chris
Evans, Gareth Evans, Gareth

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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