Match Report
AKS Lytham Boys-U13A vs  Bolton School Boys Division
On: Saturday, 20 Nov 2021
Venue: at Home

AKS v Bolton School U13s

Venue: AKS - The Dunes

KO: 10.00 (2 x 25 mn halves)

We always look forward to this fixture and this year we were delighted to host Bolton at The Dunes in perfect rugby weather and a pitch fit for some open, running rugby!

Two similar looking sides in terms of size and stature took to the pitch and it quickly became evident that AKS had a slight edge in attacking intensity with the AKS forward pack getting to the breakdown and rucking well providing good ball to Keinan who was giving great service to our backs. AKS began to run and move the ball well along the line and it wasn't long until Leo began to weave his magic. The AKS Arrow sped down the wings to score a flurry of tries, although he had to work to get past the opposition who did not let him past easily.

Leo's efforts would have been for nought however had the way not already been prepared by the likes of Xavier, Jake and Henry (in particular) who were tireless in attack and defence creating opportunities all over the field through their domination.

The first half was entirely controlled by AKS with Bolton struggling to create anything of note and at the break School led by a clear 3 tries.

As mentioned, AKS let Bolton off the hook a little with their meek start to the second half and Bolton managed to strike back with a quick couple of tries, both of which were very pleasing to the eye. Still, AKS did not stay dormant for long and ran in two more tries from Leo and a wonderfully determined Cody who made up for his lateness by his greatness coming into the team as a second-half sub.

Cheered on by our side-lined captain, Ethan (23 day Concussion Suspension), School could have had another two scores through Archie, who failed to ground his effort, and Xavier, who just failed to hold on to the ball for his solo endeavour. Bolton understandably faded towards the end having been dominated by a resurgent AKS and the match finished with School running out the victors and scoring their first proper W of the term.

We thoroughly enjoyed the visit of Bolton and thank them for their generous spirit and fair play, wishing them only the best for the rest of the season.

At this point I would normally mention the notable performances, but the entire team, subs included, deserve a vigorous pat on the back and our congratulations for what was, with the exception of about 10 minutes of the 2nd half, an exemplary performance. Topped off by the performance of it's Man of the Match and captain for the day, Henry R it is a gigantic step in the right direction. Huzzah!

M.O.M: Henry R

Magic Moment: Leo's last try in the corner - an absolute CORKER!

Positives: Team spirit, communication, rucking, tackling, ball movement, general understanding of the game.

To work on: Fringes at the ruck, Support at the breakdown, Ball control in the tackle, Tackling technique, Reacting to refs whistle, Offsides.