Cup campaign ended by high flying Bolton

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Lancashire Plate semi-final

Bolton 50 Garstang 0

Garstang were blown away on Saturday by a very impressive and well drilled Bolton side who are having a phenomenal season in which they are running away with the North Lancs/Cumbria league – one division above Garstang.

Garstang had been scheduled to play Mossley Hill in North Lancs One but with Hudson Park not being fit the team management decided to take the opportunity to play this outstanding cup tie instead.

In the game itself Bolton proved why they are going so well this season with a performance which was full of pace, power and precision.

From the kick off Bolton tore into Garstang and only an outstanding defensive effort from the team prevented Bolton from scoring.

However, despite the great defensive effort, the team were powerless to stop Bolton from scoring the opening try on eight minutes (7-0).

Two further tries were scored in the next 15 minutes and Garstang were already out of the game at 21-0 with just over a quarter of the game gone.

It would be easy to look at the scoreline and assume that Garstang were never in the contest but at times that was not the case. Their efforts were largely defensive, with Slater and Kelsall putting in huge shifts, and they regularly turned the ball over at the breakdown to give Garstang their best source of possession.

From this platform Garstang had a fine period of pressure but the Bolton defence proved to be as well-drilled as their attack and they were able to prevent the Garstang score.

Just before the interval Bolton made another break and they scored their fourth try of the afternoon to lead 28-0.

Garstang put in a huge amount of work in the first half so they were understandably a bit low that they were so far behind with nothing to show for their efforts. Bolton had no sympathy though and they started the second half as they had the first and they extended their lead to 40-0 with two quick fire tries.

When Bolton scored two further tries to extend the lead to 50-0 it was no real surprise.

Garstang: Miller, Johnston, Whitaker, Orr, Billington, Kelsall, Slater, O’Brien, Barton, Dawson, Rawlinson, Sullivan, Taylor, Rogerson, Nickson. Replacements: Pye, Haley, Everest, Quinn, Duda.

This weekend the 1st XV will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they travel to Thornton Cleveleys. The Blues are also back in action and they host Leigh 4ths. Both games kick off at 14:15.