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Senior Colts (U18) - Match centre

Fylde U18 Senior Colts
Bolton U18 Senior Colts
Full time
T Crook, O Patel
J Evans
J Evans
Sun 10 Sep 14:00 - Halbro NW Preliminary Colts Leagues - Senior Colts Preliminary C

Fylde Senior Colts 27-15 Bolton Senior Colts

Dominant performance by a new Colts team, but unable to convert into points.

In a new departure for the Bolton RUFC, the senior and junior colts have joined forces under the senior colts banner. Whilst consolidating player numbers this has meant that two squads of players with differing styles of play have had to be amalgamated, and the first test of this integration came on Sunday at Fylde RUFC.
A trip to Lytham in early September would normally be a treat, but the travelling Bolton players and families were greeted by driving rain and the conditions played a large part in the course of the game. Fylde kicked off and the game settled into a pattern which scarcely changed throughout the game: the Bolton forwards with captain Tom Crooks, Matt Moore, Darren Robinson and Alex Greenhalgh to the fore carried the ball strongly, but the well-organised and brave Fylde defence refused to be breached. Time and time again the Bolton pack took the ball up, but were unable to find a gap in the defensive line. The key was to remain patient, but ball was coughed up as Bolton tried offloads and passes which the conditions didn’t really allow and a lack of accuracy and awareness at the breakdown allowed Fylde to stay in the game despite Bolton dominating possession and territory. From one such knock on Fylde won a scrum near their own line and their centre ran 90 metres to score under the post as the Bolton defence looked at each other. A short while later after a rare passage of pressure Fylde won a penalty and kick a penalty from distance. So after half an hour of play Bolton found themselves 10-0 down without the opposition having had any possession in the Bolton 22.
With the Bolton pack having the edge in the scrum through Harry Dawber and Harry Round and dominating the lineout they came back again strongly with half backs James McDowell and Jos Winstanley linking well, but with Bolton camped on the Fylde line and threatening a first score time ran out and the referee blew for half time.
With several changes to personnel made at half time the second half continued in much the same way, with Bolton having the majority of possession but unable to breach the Fylde defence. Having tried to kick for the corner and launch a driving maul without success on a couple of occasions, Bolton eventually got on the scoreboard when James Evans landed a penalty. A few minutes later after further Bolton pressure Jack Byrne finally found a gap in the Fylde defence and appeared to score a perfectly good try, but the referee failed to see the grounding. Undeterred, the visitors finally scored a try when Tom Crook was driven over. James Evans converted and at 10-10 it looked as though Bolton might finally overcome the stubborn Fylde resistance, but the home team then had their best period of the match. Their centre raced 80 metres for another long range try as the Bolton defence tripped each other up, a penalty try was awarded for a high tackle on the winger when there appeared to be Bolton cover and then the home team scored a well-worked try in the opposite corner.
The most encouraging aspect of the afternoon was the way Bolton bounced back after that 10 minute blitz. The final act of the match was Owen Patel touching down following a well-judged kick through from Jos Winstanley.
So lots to work on for the players and coaches, but lots of good things on which to work. Bolton will need to look after the ball better and make better use of their opportunities, but there is an enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard amongst the group of players which will allow the team to develop into a force to be reckoned with as the season progresses.

Key moments

13:00
Try Tom Crook scores for Bolton U18 Senior Colts
13:00
Conversion James Evans kicks a conversion for Bolton U18 Senior Colts
19:00
Penalty James Evans kicks a penalty for Bolton U18 Senior Colts
35:00
Try Owen Patel scores for Bolton U18 Senior Colts

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Highlights

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35:00 Try 0 - 15
Owen Patel scores for Bolton U18 Senior Colts
End of period 1
19:00 Penalty 0 - 10
James Evans kicks a penalty for Bolton U18 Senior Colts
13:00 Try 0 - 5
Tom Crook scores for Bolton U18 Senior Colts
13:00 Conversion 0 - 7
James Evans kicks a conversion for Bolton U18 Senior Colts
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As it happened

  • Fylde U18 Senior Colts
  • Bolton U18 Senior Colts
  • 0
  • Tom Crook Try 13:00'
  • James Evans Conversion 13:00'
  • James Evans Penalty 19:00'
  • Owen Patel Try 35:00'

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7
7

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Macclesfield U18 Senior Colts 6 24
2. Widnes U18 Senior Colts 6 21
3. Blackburn U18 Senior Colts 6 18
4. Wilmslow U18 Senior Colts 6 17
5. Fylde U18 Senior Colts 6 11
6. Kirkby Lonsdale U18 Senior Colts 6 8
7. Bolton U18 Senior Colts 6 4

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