Bolton Mets suffered a frustrating defeat to Leyland Warriors A on Saturday as they put in their ‘self confessed’ worst performance of the season.
A slow start for Bolton allowed the Warriors to open up a 26-0 lead before debutant Dave Kirby dived over from close range to narrow the gap. There wasn’t much to write home about in the first half, however, one highlight was a drive and tackle bust from another debutant Douglas Carre who left defenders in his wake as he sprinted 30 metres up field.
With the score at 26-4 at the turnaround, Bolton needed some inspiration to help stem the tide and it was the job of Head Coach Al Scarbrough and Captain Ste Hickey to try and find that inspiration.
A third Mets debutant Daryl Devlin, playing at Hooker, marshalled the forwards up field early in the second half before a slick passing move put Centre Danny McNamara through a gap. A pacey break by McNamara had the Warriors defenders on the back foot, however, as it seemed like nothing was going our way the ball came out of his grasp when taken to ground.
Leyland regained possession and put the pedal to the metal as several quick fire tries put the Mets well and truly out of the game. A combination of snappy handling, good footwork and excellent support play played their part in the tries.
A rare attack for Bolton saw Joe Harte cross for a four pointer before Mark Dorning added the extras. A nice angled run by Harte opened up a gap in the defensive line before running onto a short pass from Dorning and breezing passed the opposition Full Back.
A couple more tries from the Home team ended our misery and took the final score to 62-10.
Ste Hickey was named Man of the Match, with Dave Kirby and Ryan Terry runners up, whilst Calem Thompson earned the Top Tackler award.
Bolton Mets host Saddleworth Rangers A on Saturday 1st July at Greenhalgh’s Pavilion, 2.30pm KO.