Unfortunately, Bolton got off to a slow start and allowed the visitors to cross the line twice in the opening minutes to open up an 8 point lead.
As the Mets settled, they found themselves on their opponents try line and Centre Neil Walsh
scored with a trademark barge over from close range. This was followed by some slick handling by Bolton which allowed Winger Jordan Yates to cross in the corner. Full Back Pierce Sherrington
converted both tries to put the Mets 12-8 in front.
After defeating the Mets earlier in the season, Crosfields were always going to be a threat and with some basic errors by Bolton gifting the Away team possession and field position, they managed to score out wide. The kicker wasn’t having a good day and missed the conversion yet again.
Completion rate has been a problem for Bolton this season, but within the first half, handling errors were at a minimum. After some great driving up field by Props Ryan Terry
and Dave Edmondson set the platform, Stand Off Ste Hickey’s precision kick allowed Pierce Sherrington
to touchdown before the defender could Sheppard the ball out of play.
Moments before half time, with Bolton in the ascendancy, Ste Hickey went on a jinking run and bumped off several defenders on his way to the line. The strength shown by Ste Hickey was that great that unfortunately an opposing player was injured in the scoring process. Bolton sends their best wishes to the Crosfields Scrum Half. Pierce Sherrington
added the extra 2 points and gave the Mets a 22-12 half time lead.
Stand in Coach Chris Brown told his charges at half time that they were in control but couldn’t become complacent. Some excellent handling and control from the half back pairing had set Bolton on their way to only their second win of the season. As had been Bolton’s problem this season, composure at the start of the second half had allowed Crosfields to regain a foot hold in the game.
The visitors started to offload the ball in the tackle and cause Bolton all sorts of problems in defence. This was compounded with two tries within the opening 20 minutes of the second half. The first with some long passes out wide and the second with a crash over from close to the line. Both kicks were converted and Crosfields had now retaken the lead at 24-22.
The Home side had to regroup and regain control of the game. Man of the Match Adam Ryan
took it upon himself to do so with a try, sprinting away from dummy half and finding a hole in the Crosfields defence to cross the whitewash. Sherrington was again successful with the boot to tip the balance back in the Mets favour.
An immediate error straight from the kick off by Bolton allowed the Away team to once again take the lead and with only five minutes remaining, it looked as though the victory had been snatched from their grasp.
One final push from Bolton saw Captain Neil Walsh
break the line and sprint 60 metres downfield leaving defenders in his wake before passing onto supporting Winger Matt Gladwin
to score his third try in three games for the Mets. Unfortunately Pierce Sherrington
couldn’t add the extras with a tough sideline kick, but with the scores now tied and only minutes left on the clock it was anybodies game.
With Crosfields in possession and their coach screaming for a drop goal to win the game, they went one better and found a gap to score. Luckily for the Mets, the referee adjusted the try scorer to have gone dead in goal and leave the game tied 32 a piece at the final whistle.
Bolton were in two minds whether to celebrate or commiserate once the final whistle had blown as the game could easily have gone either way. Upon reflection Bolton were content with a point but hope to build on the performance in coming weeks. All players are asked to make a big effort to get to training on Thursday to help get some consistency within the team and performances.
The opposition awarded Adam Ryan
Man of the Match, with Ste Hickey and Neil Walsh
runners up. Ryan Terry
was picked out as the Top Defender for the Mets after some trademark big hits.
The Mets are away on Saturday 21st July to Little Hulton Reds. The game has a 2,30pm KO. Training is on Thursday evenings from 7pm at New House Farm playing fields. Everyone is always welcome whether new to the game or experienced.