Last weekend saw just one Lancashire Cheshire 1 Fixture take place, as the league organisers look to remedy the situation brought about by having only 13 teams in the league. 4th placed Winnington Park travelled to league strugglers Liverpool Collegiate in a bid to reduce the points gap between Bolton. Winnington were successful in their efforts meaning they reside just 2 points behind the top three sides
This weekend, Bolton travel to Tarleton in a bid to put some further pressure on Bowdon and Altrincham Kersal. Our hosts have had an indifferent start to the season, winning just 1 game from their 4 fixtures to date, albeit coming very close to causing an upset at Stelfox Avenue, the home of Altrincham. Recent seasons have seen Tarleton refocus their priorities towards developing their youth structure and it has been paying dividends of late with a number of high-quality youngsters being brought into the senior sections. For whatever reason, the side doesn't seem to have quite clicked just yet, however, Bolton will be going into this game knowing full well what a fully functioning Tarleton can do to any team on their own patch.
Bolton have had a good start, winning 4 out of their 5 opening games, however, errors are still playing their part, even when managing to score 50 points against Fleetwood just two weeks ago. It is vital that Dave Crouch's men address this part of their game if they are to continue on this winning streak and keep the pressure on the top two.
Selection continues to be a constant, albeit positive, headache for Crouch. The majority of the side that beat Fleetwood remain available and there are returns for Gaz Pritchard, James Singleton, Manny Tailor, Chris Lane & Rory Biggins. Not to mention consistent performances from Piers Crowther, Lewis Lockett, Steve Hickey & Gaz Hession are all catching the eye of the Cherry & White DOR.
Saturday promises to be a great spectacle for those down watching and team selection will be announced later in the week. Interestingly, our next opponents, AK, have another weekend off and second placed Bowdon host Hoylake, meaning this weekends results could see a shakeup at the top and put some pressure on the Cheshire based side.