Bolton Mets went into the local derby vs. Westhoughton Lions looking for their third consecutive win, after success on the road at both Burtonwood Bridge and Little Hulton Reds.
Things started brightly with Hooker Neil Walsh scoring a trademark try, barging over from 5 metres out. Ste Taylor added the extra 2 points to give Bolton an early 6-0 lead.
Unfortunately, this was as good as it got for the Mets as they failed to perform for the remainder of the game. This allowed Westhoughton a way back into the game with a try of their own. The Lions Stand Off put in a wide kick with precession that was allowed to bounce and eventually touched down by the on rushing Winger. Due to the conversion hitting the upright, Bolton kept their lead but it was only a slender one at 6-4.
For an unknown reason the Home team couldn’t capitalise on their recent back to back wins and the performance left a lot to be desired. An error strewn half gave the Lions possession in keys areas and an almost identical try was scored out wide. The conversion was successful and the lads from Westhoughton went into the break 10-6 up.
Things didn’t get any better in the second half as Bolton failed to threaten the Lions line, with a jinking run by Danny Ryder the exception as he was hauled down just inched from the line. After yet another knock on by Bolton, Westhoughton had head and feed at the scrum. The lax Mets defence allowed the Centre to waltz over without even having a hand put upon him. Another successful conversion opened up the Lions lead to 16-6.
This was how the score line would end up and Bolton now need to learn a few lessons from the game before forgetting it and moving on. Credit to Westhoughton for sticking to their game plan, but it must go down as 2 points lost for the Mets.
This was a low point in the season so far for the Mets but it cant define the season. We get back on the horse next Saturday with a Home fixture vs. Langworthy Reds, 2.30pm KO.