Bolton Mets entertained Hindley A on blustery Saturday. Both Teams were taking winning form into the tie, which had extra spice due to Hindley's stalwart Gary Hill
being an ex player of Bolton Mets. Hindley started the game the strongest despite playing into the very strong breeze. Hindley opened the scoring in the 14th minute, when a slick back line move involving Mike Arrowsmith and Carl Burgess
moved the ball quickly from left to right to release Fullback Glenn Fairhurst. Glenn Skilfully straightened his running line to draw both his opposite fullback and centre, before slipping a nice pass to Neil Chadwick
. Chadwick out powered the opposite winger and slammed to ball down over the try line out wide. Hindley continued to gain the hard yards upfield and when 2 quickfire penalties were awarded to Hindley they managed to obtained good field position. A quick play the ball enabled the tenacious Wayne Crank
to spot some slack marker play and scoot from 40 yards out. After bypassing the 2 markers he glided through a gap in the broken defensive line and stepped the fullback for a fantastic individual try under the sticks. Crank also slotted the conversion. Hindley seemed to lose some defensive co-ordination in the next 15 minutes. This allowed Bolton Mets to get a roll on, poor dominance in the tackle enabled Bolton's Hooker on 20 mins to scoot quickly from acting half back 5 yards out to register their first try. This seemed to give the home side a boost, who started to string some good attacking play to Hindley. On 30 mins, Hindley's blindside went to sleep and Bolton's rangy second rower changed the angle of his attack to the blindside and stepped 2 defenders to score from 30 yards out. Hindley you went to SLEEP! An arm wrestle continued for the next 10 mins before half time before i neat dummy and step from Mike Arrowsmith took him from his own half to within 15metres of the try line. Wayne Crank
chose wisely and fed the Ox like Carl Burgess
to his left who through a lovely cut out pass to find his cousin, loose forward and captain Mike Hollis, who touched down in the corner.
**HT Bolton Mets - 8 Hindley A - 14**
Hindley's second half was this time down wind. On 50 mins Hindley scrum half Mike Arrowsmith took advantage of this on a few occasions by pinging early kicks into Bolton's far corner. Some pressure resulted in Hindley being in the final attacking third and Mike Arrowsmith performed a perfectly executed crossfield attacking kick for the impressive Mike Taylor to collect under little pressure and touch down. Mike Taylor was a constant threat for Hindley, intelligent angles, combined with neat footwork and strong fends made him difficult to handle. To their Credit, Bolton dug deep and continued to show enthusiasm and commitment taking the game to Hindley. This resulted in a neat short line ball to the number 11 who split 2 defenders with a good angled run and touching down under the sticks. The conversion was tagged by Bolton. This had the score at 14-18 with Bolton only a converted try from victory. On 65 mins pressure from Hindley led to a penalty being awarded plum in front of the sticks. Mike Hollis wisely chose to take the 2pts on offer to stretch the lead to 6pts. Wayne Crank
duly obliged. The game was still in the balance after 68 minutes when Carl Burgess
stepped up with a real bell ringer to flatten a Bolton player. He lined him up and ironed him out!! This lifted Hindley who then went up the field with Carl Burgess
who spotted the lovely running angle from the hard working 2nd rower Danny Carney. He slided through the gap his angled run had created, ran 30 meters before composing himself, drawing the full back and off loading one handed like Sonny Bill Williams to his support Ste Mawdsley who touched down on the left. This took Hindley to 24-14 leader with 10 minutes to play. Solid defence and non-risk rugby brought the Victory home for the remaining 10 minutes. Hindley's MOM 1- Mike Taylor, 2 - Mike Arrowsmith, 3 - Mike Hollis. A special mention must go to Wayne Crank
who's distribution, work ethic and contact probing from acting half back were visible from the sidelines and for the many Hindley fans he seemed a banker for the MOM. Keep the momentum rolling boys.