TWO tries each for Leon Hodson, Fred Holt-Gregson and Josh Moore saw Bolton RUFC’s under-15s to a 51-21 win at home to Aldwinians.

The victory extended their 100-per-cent record in the Lancashire Junior challenge and keeps Bolton at the top of their group.

Bolton opened the scoring in the first minute with a spectacular try from Moore, bursting down an impossibly narrow channel on the right and shrugging off two challenges to touch down.

The lead was doubled after seven minutes when flanker Holt-Gregson scored, with both tries converted by Ben Price’s reliable boot.

The Aldwinian pack has three big and fast runners who were able to find space and power through the middle to halve the deficit on 10 minutes, though Bolton’s response was swift and well executed through the strength and speed of top scorer Hodson as he found space down the left to run in near the posts.

Just three minutes later, Hodson got his second try, profiting from good work from Price to finish off the move well.

Four minutes from the break, Aldwinians ran through the middle once again, only for Bolton scrum-half Sam McDowell to edge them away again, picking the ball from the ruck near the try line and charging through.

Price’s conversion gave Bolton a 19-point lead at the break.

In recent matches, Bolton have been slow to get into their stride after the restart but this time as they stepped on the gas.

Moore got his second try after great work from Harry McDermott and Holt-Gregson also completed his brace as Bolton threatened to run away with it.

Aldwinians scored a consolation try before Bolton workhorse Oliver Keogh went over for a well-deserved solo try at the death to complete their 51-21 victory.

Bolton’s u14s made their way across to Tarleton for a three-way mini-tournament with the hosts and a team from Widnes.

Bolton fielded a full team and their hard work in training sessions paid off with early ground gained as they began against Widnes.

The opposition was a powerful side and scored first but failed to convert.

It was an evenly-matched encounter but Bolton were under pressure until Robert Murray took the ball forward from deep inside his own half and beat the first man with a drop of the shoulder before being brought down near the halfway line.

From the ruck the ball was fed out to Dan Gregory who powered forward at speed, off-loading for Mason Rimmer to sprint in for the first points on the board. Murray converted from a difficult angle to give Bolton the lead.

Rimmer crossed again a few minutes later and with Scott Gillibrand converting Bolton went into half time leading 14-5.

Two Widnes tries – one converted – early in the second half put them three points ahead and they managed to see out their 17-14 win.

Bolton had to pick themselves up for the second encounter of the morning, in which excellent work from brothers Callum and Adam Gordon kept Tarleton at bay.

It was breakthrough running from Lewis Howard and Calum MacDonald which earned them a try each.

But, despite valiant work in defence from Conrad Barry, Leo Proctor and Lewis Hales, Bolton did not have enough in the tank to pull off a victory.

Tarleton were reliant on a large runner who scythed through Bolton after two successive kick offs to set up a 17-10 win.

Despite losing both matches it was a superb effort from Bolton’s players, who have really stepped up to the plate after losing the services of five key players at the start of the season.