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Your News Bolton 10 - Garstang 5

Garstang have lost several games this season but none will have frustrated them as much as this game. With Bolton still seeking their first win and Garstang hovering just above them both teams knew that it was an opportunity to get a win and the nervous play and mistake-riddled game reflected this.

Bolton started the game in much better form than Garstang and they were content to kick for territory and play the game in the Garstang half. They managed to keep Garstang pegged back and soon forced a penalty which they kicked for goal (3-0).

Soon after Garstang were dealt a severe blow when an already patched up back division had to reshuffle to accommodate the loss of Andy Blackley who had a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

Worse was to follow when Garstang failed to clear their lines despite having ample opportunity to do so. A Bolton player fly hacked the ball from the middle of a ruck, kicked on again and won the foot race to the line to score a try which, from Garstangs point of view, was very sloppy. The tricky conversion attempt was also successful and Bolton had a healthy lead (10-0).

Garstang knew that they hadnt even turned up yet and Ben Greenwood told them this in no uncertain terms as they abjectly stood under the posts. This seemed to have the desired effect as Richard Orr rose magnificently to take the kick off and set off on a marauding run. He was tackled twenty metres out and the ball was quickly recycled, it went out wide and Max Everest passed the ball to Stuart Rigby who ran it in in the corner. The conversion attempt went wide but Garstang had their tails up and were back in the game (10-5).

The rest of the half was played out with neither side achieving any sort of dominance but Garstang had certainly perked up and were confident of completing the comeback in the second half.

The start of the second period began as the first had with Garstang self destructing. They gave away a soft penalty within kickable range, which Bolton fortunately missed, and then Ben Greenwood was despatched to the sin bin.

The fact that they were up against it seemed to steel Garstangs resolve and they started to play better, calmer rugby and this was nearly rewarded when John Robinson made a 70 break down field before being held up just short.

Garstang were by now back to their full compliment and with the clock running down they started to crank up the pressure on an understandably nervous Bolton team. Wave after wave of attacks were repelled as Garstang just couldnt craft a clear cut chance.

With less than five minutes to go Garstang went through multiple phases and Max Everest grounded the ball over the line. However, the referee was unsighted and he deemed that the ball had been held up and disallowed it. This was incredibly frustrating for Garstang but they were still in prime position. However, Bolton managed to scramble the ball away and the chance was gone.

The game almost ended in bizarre circumstances after the referee had called last play. The Bolton player received the ball and knew that he just had to get it off the park. He hoofed it backwards but amazingly missed touch, Rob Charles won the race for the ball but he was dragged into touch just short.

After the game John Robinson said We are so disappointed. It was a game which we could and should have won but we just did not turn up. We know that we are a better side than this and we will look to put it right next week when we play Littleborough.

Team: 1. Miller 2. Brown 3. Everest 4. Orr 5. Yates 6. Slater 7. Pye 8. Greenwood 9. Charles 10. Blackley 11. Nickson 12. Bunn 13. Robinson 14. Kelsall 15. Whittingham. Replacements: Bone, Rigby, Jones.

On Saturday 15th November the 1st XV are at home to Littleborough, the Blues have no game and the Lions are away at Fleetwood 4th XV. All games to kick off at 14:15.

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