Wprfc 26 Bolton 27
By Brian Concannon
Park lose focus & discipline to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
Match Report by Dave Snasdell
Bolton were on the scoreboard after five minutes after a Park player was judged to have been kicking in the ruck and Bolton slotted home three points.Within minutes Park could have been on the score sheet with a penalty kick given for a high tackle but the kick was missed.
After 25 minutes winger Lee Allmark kicked the ball down the line sprinted onto his own kick collected and scored on the wing. The conversion was missed.
Park continued to apply pressure and after a driving maul Harry Stubbs drove over the line. Chris Twigg kicked the conversion.
Park started to dominate the game and a fantastic piece of athleticism by back row forward Alex Gelndining running from his own ten metre line seeing a gap ran the length of the pitch with Bolton players trying o catch him but his pace was to good for them putting a further five points to Parks score sheet. Twigg converted the kick.
Within minutes Bolton were on the score sheet after Park took their eye off the ball not seeing the scrum half break from the back of the scrum and ran uncontested to the try line. The kick was missed.
This was the turning point of the game as Park lost focus and discipline and began to give away numerous penalties for back chatting to the referee.
A further try came from Bolton again poor tackling from Park and the conversion was kicked.
The half time came and the score at 19 to 15 the game was for the taking by either of teams.
Within minutes of the second half starting Park's players discipline was found wanting with young Sam Houghton given the yellow card for descent to the referee.
Bolton began to dominate the game and with Park missing a number of tackles again allowed Bolton to score and go into the lead. The kick was missed.
Coach Matt Farr made changes bringing on Mike Eaves and Matt Treacy.
Bolton were on a role and again with a missed tackle scored their fourth and final try of the game with the kick being converted.
Archie Sanchez came on for Matt Cross for the last twenty minutes.
Park had the captain Dave Cross yellow carded for stamping this then was followed by a Bolton player for a high tackle.
Park rallied regained their focus and won the line out after a kick down the wing 10 metres out.The pack set and drove over the line with Harry Stubbs grabbing the points. Chris Twigg kicked a difficult kick to put the home side one point behind with minutes to go.
Park came straight back at Bolton and were awarded a penalty 10 metres out but rather than kick the points went for a line out looking for a similar drive over try but this was not to be as they lost the ball in the drive and the referee blew up for the final whistle leaving the home crowd disappointed with the result.
Coach Farr said," We had the game in the bag in the first 20 minutes but we lost our focus and our discipline was awful. We lost the game ourselves this week and it was disappointing to watch after we played so well last week. The lads know what went wrong today and need to put it behind them and enjoy the last four league games left of the season."
Squad: Shaun Underdown, Andrew Evans, Dan Snowden,Mike Hallworth,Dave Cross,Gary Dykes,Harry Stubbs,Alex Glendining,Matt Cross,Sam Brookes,Dan Williams,Sam Houghton,Jimmy Moran, Lee Allmark and Chris Twigg. Replacements:Mike Eaves,Archie Sanchez and Matt Treacy