Hawcoat Park (51) v Bolton 3rds (5)
Saturday 7th January 2017
Foggy day, very wet under foot and not played for a month which showed in the first 20 minutes where several unforced errors occurred. In the 7th minute Bolton put 5 points on the board when three tackles on the Bolton fly half were missed on his run from half way down the touch line to score in the corner 0-5. In the 20th minute following some good forward drives Charlie Butterworth was grounded inches short, a quickly recycled ball found the returning captain Martin Kennedy to dive over.
the whitewash untouched, welcome back Martin 5-5. Hawcoat were having plenty of possession in the Bolton half which lead to Dave Wynne scoring from a kick through 10-5. From the kick off Grady Slater collected the ball on the 22 making a penetrating run beating several players before the ball was recycled to Moses at fly half to make room and feed winger Rob Shepherd who rounded his opposite number and outpaced the cover to score 15-5. Soon after the half time whistle blew. One minute into the second half saw Hawcoat take a quick tap penalty which found McParland running at pace beating the Bolton defence for a fine try, cv Adam Williamson 22-5. In the 45th minute the sharp running McParland scored again 27-5. Hawcoat were retaining a lot of possession and using it better than the first half leading to trys from Slater.
beating half the Bolton side to touch down, cv Williamson 34-5, then Joe Rea who was having a good all round game scored following some good ground gained by the backs 39-5. In the 61st minute a backs move saw Joe Ward split the Bolton defence to score 44-5. A minute later Josh Archer ran in a fine individual try which Dave Wynne converted 51-5. Ref Andy Murray who had a fine game then blew the full time whistle.A good team effort which saw John Moses showing some nice touches with ball in hand and from his boot, wing forward Grady Slater had a fine resolute game in defence and a determined running game with ball in hand. Tyldesley next week at home, lets all be up for the table toppers.