The Bolton Bulls wheelchair basketball club provides wheelchair basketball to people of all ages, disabilities and gender from all over the North West of England including Bolton, Bury, Blackburn, Wigan and Stockport.
On Sunday 23 November 2014, Bolton Bulls travelled to play Derby Wheelblazers with a somewhat under-strength squad following withdrawals by a number of key players.
Bulls started the game with a 5 comprising of Graeme Lambert, Andy Golightly, Steve Aston, Dale Speight and making her debut in the starting 5 Sam Titterington. Despite Derby having a major advantage in terms of height Bolton opened the game defending brilliantly well and attacking whenever possible under pressure from a full court press which was kept up for the majority of the match. The 1st quarter ended with Derby Wheelblazers leading by 8 points to 6.
The 2nd quarter started with Jim Heggie replacing Sam Titterington. Derby kept up the heavy pressure with Bolton sticking to a dogged zone defence, which worked well despite conceding several baskets, in no small part due to the sheer height difference between the 2 teams. Despite the best efforts of every player the half-time score was 22-6 in favour of Derby Wheelblazers.
Chris Oakes-Courchene came on for Graeme Lambert for the start of the 2nd half and the 2nd half continued in much the same vein with Derby remaining committed to full-court pressure. The Bulls resisted as best they could under the circumstances, whilst mounting some good attacks of their own where circumstances allowed. The final score was Derby Wheelblazers 54 Bolton Bulls 10.
This may appear to have been a one-sided game, however the Bulls can look forward with some confidence to the return fixture in 2 weeks when hopefully they will have more players available to choose from. We were also very pleased to give valuable match experience to Samantha Titterington, who made her first appearacne in the starting 5, and Chris Oakes-Courchene who spent much more time on court than in any previous game this season. Neither one looked out of their depth and can look forward to many more successful outings in the colours of Bolton Bulls Wheelchair Basketball Club.
On the day, the players that were out there worked well together and can be duly proud of the efforts they put in. We look forward to the chance to reverse the result when Derby Wheelblazers visit Bolton Bulls on Sunday 14th December 2014.