Going For Gold
By Stuart Cooke
After an off the cuff night fixture was well attended last season, we planned a little further in advanced this year with the intention of improving on it. The visitors to Greenhalgh’s Pavilion on Friday evening were Golborne Parkside.
Despite planning ahead you can never judge what the weather is going to do, the rain leading up this fixture was far from ideal. With a pitch side BBQ on offer, we were hoping for a turnout of over 100 spectators, however, the aforementioned weather scared the majority off. Those that did attend, from both Home and Away sides, were well fed by chef Jason Nuttall and his assistant Paul Leigh, whilst they players received their burger or hot dog after the game. Thanks must go to Jason for organising the BBQ, and to Paul for lending a helping hand with serving and tidy up.
Now, as we turn our attention to the actually game of Rugby League between Bolton and Golborne, this is where things start to take a turn for the worst. Our opponents have had a change in fortune since we last met, they have recruited some new players and have now become a very well organised side. Right from the off they seemed to have the edge over us, and it didn’t take long before they had the lead.
A poor first half from Bolton saw Golborne take a 38-0 lead into the break, seven tries were run in by the Away side and it looked liked the Mets players hadn’t left the changing room. The tries came from some skilful rugby on show by the men in Green, but also from defensive errors and knock ons close to our own line. At least three tries were gifted to our opponents, with some unlikely candidates making the errors that led to them.
The second half was a little better for Bolton, we tightened up massively in defence but still lacked something in attack. Not much was going right for us and the try line seemed like it was two pitches away rather than just one. Some tough tackling was on show from both teams, which meant several players had a spell in the Sin Bin over the course of 80 minutes, Tom Bradley being one such player for Bolton.
Even though we had improved defensively, Golborne were still able to score three second half tries to increase their lead to 54-0. It was a bad day at the office for Bolton Mets, we’ve had them before and we’ll no doubt have one again, but with some hard work on the training field we will look to make amends in the next game.
Having been on the wrong end of a number of tries, it was nice to have the final say with one of our own, Ryan McClusky waltzing past several would be tacklers before touching down. In the absence of Daryl Devlin, Stand Off Jonathan McMillan stepped up to add the extra 2 points and spare our blushes a little before the final whistle.
On top of the scoreline, a red card for Hooker Kieran Lockett was a big negative of the day, frustrations getting the better of him near the end of the game meant a choice word or three for towards the referee earned him his marching orders.
Impressing the opposition coaches, Full Back Patrick OBrien picked up yet another Man of the Match Award, whilst Kieran and Ryan were runners up. Tackling well above his weight in the centre of the field, Prop Forward Anthony Knight was named as Top Tackler for the second time this season.
Bolton Mets travel to St Helens next weekend as we take on Newton Storm, the game will have a 2.30pm KO.