Macclesfield Colts 16 – 14 Bolton

The Colts edged a taut encounter with Bolton in which the lead changed five times. Prop Lewis Jones finished the game battered but unbowed, his contribution earning the Man of the Match. The Blues took the lead early with an Ollie Aston penalty. It wasn’t until the second half that they got on the scoreboard again, skipper Tom Leicester touching down after George Phelan had done all the hard work in the maul. Will Gregory scored the second, after a break by Archie Thorneycroft from the back of a scrum. Ollie Aston clinched the victory with a short range penalty in the last five minutes of the game.

Man of the Match - Lewis Jones
Man of the Match – Lewis Jones

Two minutes into the game, the Blues won a penalty on the edge of the Bolton twenty two. With the wind behind him, Ollie Aston took care of the three points with his penalty conversion. The Blues maintained their territorial advantage in the early sorties into the opposition half. George and Archie both wrapped up their man on different occasions to win the put- in in the scrum. Quick ball from the lineout, was followed by slick hands through the backs, giving the impression that the back division had the edge, but the Blues could not capitalise on their possession for the rest of the first half, with only a missed penalty shot to show for their efforts.

The Blues regained the lead after Ollie and Will had chased down a kick from Tom, getting up into the opposition’s fullback face causing him to knock on. Quick feet from George Phelan got the ball close to the line, after the pack had piled in to move the ball over the whitewash. Before the ref could call “held up” Tom smuggled the ball off George to place it down for the try. Archie and Will combined well for the second try. Archie broke off the back of the scrum, then found Will on his shoulder. Will weaved his way through the defence to score to the right of the posts. Bolton edged ahead again with a converted try. The Blues then started to play the game in the right areas, kicks by Tom and George turned the defence, Charlie poached the ball back in contact. The backs went close in the right hand corner, but knocked on at the last moment. Keeping the ball in the opposition twenty two paid off, as Bolton infringed, giving Ollie a penalty chance to the right of the posts. Ollie bisected the posts with his kick, leaving the Blues with five minutes left on the clock to navigate. Ollie dodged some rush defence to clear his lines from the twenty two. George H followed Tom’s last kick, holding up his man to win possession and concluding the last play, and sealing the win.

Squad: (1) Lewis Jones (2) Lewis Pierce (3) Joe Stubbs (4) Doug Swallow (5) Matt Price (6) George Hodkinson (7) Josh Hunt (8) Archie Thorneycroft (9) Harry Grant (10) Tom Leicester (11) Ollie Muir (12) Aled Williams (13) Mike Green (14) Callum Davies (15) Ollie Aston (16) Will Gregory (17) Charlie Davies (18) Alex Soltau (19) George Phelan

First Half
Macclesfield Colts:
Penalty: Ollie Aston (15) – 2mins

Bolton:
Try: (12) – 20mins, Conversion: (15)

Second Half
Macclesfield Colts:
Try: Tom Leicester (10) – 7mins, Try: Will Gregory (16) – 9mins, Penalty: Ollie Aston (15) – 30mins

Bolton:
Try: (5) – 11mins, Conversion: (15)

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