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.
Today’s match saw Bolton Bulls traveling to league leaders Sheffield Steelers, they missing a number of key players so were likely to be up against it from the start.
Bolton started with a five on court comprising of Steve Aston, Tom Eckersley, Graeme Lambert, Dale Speight & Samantha Titterington.
The group of players starting this game for Bolton hadn’t had much match experience as a unit and in the early minutes it showed with combinations possibly not being as sharp as they might have been. This resulted in the home team opening up an early lead. Fairly soon into the game Bolton got their act together, passing got better and they were able to get back into the game – 1st quarter ended with Steelers leading Bolton by 20 points to 6.
The second quarter continued in much the same vein with Jim Heggie coming into the action for a few minutes replacing Sam Titterington, who re-entered the game towards the middle of the quarter. Now that the Bulls had gotten more into their stride, the teams were proving to be much more evenly matched with the score for the quarter being 10-6 once again in favour of Steelers. This gave us a half time score of Sheffield Steelers 30, Bolton Bulls 12.
After a few words of wisdom from Coach Tom Eckersley the 2nd half started with Jim Heggie this time replacing Steve Aston and Chris Courchenne coming into the game for the 1st time to replace Graeme Lambert who by now was on 2 fouls.
The 3rd quarter was to prove Bolton’s most productive of the game with some excellent plays coming from the whole team. This had the home team pushed backwards for periods leading to multiple baskets for Bolton Bulls, most notably from Graeme Lambert & Tom Eckersley. Bolton Bulls won this quarter by 9 points to 8, giving us a score line going into the final quarter of Sheffield Steelers 38 Bolton Bulls 21.
The final quarter started with Sheffield bringing most of their starting players back into the game in an attempt to ensure the score line stayed in their favour. Most notable points in this quarter were baskets from both Samantha Titterington and Chris Courchenne who scored his first points ever for the club in a competitive game – well done Chris.
Unfortunately, this valiant effort would, in terms of the score at least, prove to be fruitless, the game ending with a score line of Sheffield Steelers 50 Bolton Bulls 25.
All the team worked hard and gave a good account of themselves and are looking forward to the return fixture on the 9th of May at Smithills Sports Centre tipping off at 12.30, come down and watch!
Until our next match, again at Smithills Sports Centre, vs. Manchester Mavericks on 29 March tipping off at 1.30 #LetsGoBulls