Bolton Give Fleetwood a Lesson
Fleetwood travelled to old friends and rivals Bolton with expectation. Last seasons games were close with home advantage proving just enough for each side to win a game. Today's Bolton side proved to be a much tougher proposition.
Fleetwood travelled to old friends and rivals Bolton with expectation. Last seasons games were close with home advantage proving just enough for each side to win a game. Todays Bolton side proved to be a much tougher proposition.
Fleetwood kicked off into a strong diagonal wind and were soon put under pressure. From a line out on the Fleetwood 22, Bolton kept the ball for 10 phases before scoring in the right hand corner. 5-0 after 3 minutes.
Bolton were kicking well, using the wind to pen Fleetwood back in their own half. The Fleetwood defence was holding up. A number of penalties and turnovers being earned with the industrious Jordan Brocklehurst and Rob Brookfield to the fore. After 18 minutes the pressure told and Fleetwood conceded a penalty on their 22. Bolton converted. 5 minutes later they converted another penalty to lead 11-0.
Fleetwood eventually got into the Bolton half. A kick through the Bolton defence by Jaime Mayall looked dangerous but the unpredictable bounce of the ball saw the chance lost. A good break by the Bolton winger looked like a certain try but a great cover tackle by Gavin Rowell put him in touch 5 metres from the try line.
Fleetwood’s scrum was coming under mounting pressure and from a 5 metre scrum Bolton drove over for a converted try. Half time 18-0
Bolton restarted the second half and a great take by Gavin Rowell gave him the momentum to break the Bolton line. As he raced for the corner he was tackled just short of the line. Fleetwood lost possession and the lively Bolton backs cut through the Fleetwood defence to score a converted try. 25-0
Injured prop Peter Benny had been replaced at half time by Kevin Kristian. 3 minutes into the second half Kristian was shown a red card for a high tackle. This meant that the game had to go to uncontested scrums which, in a perverse sort of way, helped Fleetwood secure their own ball.
A good break down the right wing by Brad Stapleton put Mike Kelly in for a try under the posts converted by Gavin Rowell. 25-7
Two excellent wingers tries by the Bolton left winger and then Brad Stapleton for Fleetwood extended the score to 30-12.
Heavy pressure by Bolton and good defence by Fleetwood saw a period of stalemate before the floodgates opened in the last 15 minutes. A penalty followed by 3 late tries by Bolton saw them extend their lead to 52-12 at the end of the game.
Fleetwood cannot use the red card as an excuse for losing this game. They were outplayed in every facet of the game by a very good Bolton side. Unforced errors compounded the problems. All teams in this league have a week off next week and coach Steve Woodburn will be working the lads hard to prepare for the visit of Sefton on October 13th.
Report by Steve Doherty.