6th October 2019
Dukinfield U16s v Bolton U16s
Dukinfield 7 Bolton 50
Tries McDowell, Watters, Webster, Keogh, Hope-Barry(x2) Price (x2)
Conversions Price (x5)
The one where we got back to winning ways
Bolton U16s, licking their wounds from back to back defeats had an away day at Dukinfield.
Three players were loaned to a depleted Dukinfield to get the game on, but the opening quarter was a tight affair, with periods of possession and good defending from both sides.
The deadlock was broken on 26 minutes when new signing Devon Watters received the ball on the right wing after good work from Sam McDowell returning at scrum half, before shrugging off two challenges to chalk up his first score for the club.
Bolton’s forwards were on form with a new look second row of Nathan Wellings and Jack DeMullet working well together. Bolton extended their lead on 31 minutes when flanker Peter Webster intercepted a wayward Dukinfield lineout and was driven over the line for his first try of the season.
The nip and tuck of the opening phase gave way to a more expansive period of play as legs began to tire and on the stroke of half time Oliver Keogh received the ball deep in the Bolton half and found an opening to run through the Dukinfield defence for a fine individual try.
After regrouping at the break, Dukinfield offered good resistance to the Bolton attack, but could do little when Bolton’s top scorer and lightning winger Leo Hope-Barry received the ball on the left and pressed the accelerator to leave the defence in his wake as he opened his account.
Four minutes later Dukinfield were rewarded for their industry with a well worked forwards try under the posts, but this was to be the high point of the match for the Home team. Bolton fly half and captain Ben Price had been reliable with his conversions, but took a brace of tries using his speed and agility to squirm through and over the line. Icing on the cake came courtesy of Hope-Barry’s second try and then McDowell scored the best try of the match, finishing a lovely Bolton passing move involving 8 players.
A 50 point haul will boost Bolton’s confidence ahead of the next phases of the league competition.
Final score Dukinfield 7 Bolton 50