Bolton Rugby Club’s Under-14s Amazon girls made the short trip to Eccles RFC for round two of the Northern Girls Network cup matches and won both matches impressively.

The girls all wore odd socks for the game in honour of the Down Syndrome awareness week, with their first match against hosts Eccles who had joined forces with Manchester RUFC.

Bolton got off to a slow start but soon remembered their instructions about keeping the ball alive and off-loading it where possible.

Ten minutes in, the Bolton girls found their rhythm and after several good runs from Raid Hodgkinson-Bostock she powered over the line. Her grandad Gary, who was a coach at Bolton over the years and who passed away a few months ago from cancer would have been very proud.

Bolton tackled well and stopped the gritty Eccles attack on several occasions.

Jasmine Cox, who was later chosen as the players’ player-of-the-match, scored next when she broke through from her half of the pitch.

Further tries from Amelia Crook and two from Sofia Reis-Coop finished the game.

Sofia’s second try came from excellent support when Jasmine broke through but was stopped from scoring with a desperate tackle. Sofia was on hand for the off-load.

Amelia would have had a second try but it was disallowed as she grounded the ball just off the pitch.

Captain Iona Barnes, whose kicking is improving week by week, converted two of the tries as Bolton won 29-0 - a fantastic result against a determined Eccles team.

The second game saws Bolton play Trafford Metrovicks, who were fired up coming off the back of two defeats - and they were soon on the scoresheet with an excellent try.

Stern words from captain Iona and vice-captain Holly Turner seemed to fire the lethargic Bolton team into action and they grew back into the game.

Eleanor Shawcross, who hasn’t been with the team long, scored her first try after picking the ball up at the back of a ruck and weaved her way over the line to make it 7-5 to Bolton.

Eilidh Burns, playing at scrum-half, scored after an excellent run, and again Iona converted the try.

Trafford managed to get on the scoresheet after excellent pressure, but further tries from Holly, picking the ball up at the back of a scrum and diving over, Sammie Makin and a second try for Eilidh finished the game off. Iona converted three of the five tries in the 31-10 triumph.

Jasmine Cox and Raid Hodgkinson-Bostock picked up joint players’ award, while Sammie Makin was awarded captain’s player and Raid Hodgkinson-Bostock was given the coaches’ award.

Bolton U12 Amazons went to Manchester RUFC for a cluster meeting and teamed up with Old Aldwinians and a girl from Fleetwood.

Their first game was against Glossop, who themselves had teamed up with Trafford.

Ariana Chapelow made her debut for the U12s, while Aisha Abdi scored three tries and Eve Barrow one as they won the first match five tries to two.

Their second game proved much more difficult against a strong Rochdale/Burnley side and they lost this 10-1.

Eve scored a fantastic try, but Aisha had to leave the field with an injury.