Bold 20 Haydock 28.

Bold 20 Haydock 28

Bold 20 Haydock 28

First published in Sport


Bold Miners fancied their chances against premiership outfit Haycock in this Premier/1st division quarter final, but were left shell shocked in the first 10 minutes when Haydock raced into a 10-0 lead.

Bold’s pack came out firing, with Martin Marsh, Liam Crean and Jamie McCabe leading the way allowing Kelvin Walkden the space needed to dive over from close range.

Darren Anders put in a neat chip through for wingman Jack Birchall who sprinted clear to feed Kyle Smith for a superb try.

That was converted by Webster10-10.

With time running out in the first half Anders again chipped over this time to the opposite wingman Niall Allen who was unlucky not to score.

Several penalties followed in Bold’s favour and tempers nearly boiled over once or twice.

This allowed Bold the field position required for hitman Crean to dismiss four Haydock defenders to score under the posts, converted by Webster.

Bold started the second half well with big drives from Brad Davies, Matty Norton and Paul Johnson making great inroads into the Haydock half.

Walkden then evaded several defenders rounded the full back to score under the posts, converted by Webster.

Haydock threw everything at Bold’s defence and found Bold markers having a minute to score under the posts to make it - 22-16.

Both teams went close but it was Haydock with the next score, with Bold bringing off their line Haydock snatched a one on one to score 22-20.

With time running out Haydock picked up a loose Bold pass and broke clear only for the final pass to finish in touch.

Bold steadied their ship with top runs from Goodwin and Smith and on the last Anders sent up a bomb which was left by all only for captain Matty Norton to collect the loose ball and score in the corner from 30m out.

Ian Webster landed an excellent touchline conversion to wrap up the scoring.Grundy Excavations man of the match went to hard working prop Martin Marsh.

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