Bolton Bulls had home court advantage again for their third wheelchair basketball game of the season in the Third Division North.
The starting five for Bolton Bulls:
4 Darren Birch
9 Andy Golightly
15 Tom Eckersley (Coach/Captain)
22 John Edwards
35 Graeme Lambert
Bolton Bulls were hoping to gain a measure of revenge against Liverpool Greenbank after a heavy defeat a few weeks earlier in the away fixture.
Liverpool Greenbank scored the first basket of the game, but a strong and confident Bulls side responded with two baskets from John Edwards. The teams would continue trading baskets, with Tom Eckersley and four baskets from Graeme Lambert keeping Bolton Bulls noses in front. The first quarter ended with Bolton Bulls 12-10 in the lead.
The game remained close in the second quarter, both teams continued to score back and forth. Tom Eckersley and Darren Birch added single baskets, and Graeme Lambert continued his hot hands scoring a further two baskets. Andy Golightly rounded out the half scoring a single from the free-throw line.
Half-time score: Bolton Bulls 21, Liverpool Green bank 20
With the game so close Bolton Bulls were hoping they could go on to get their first victory of the season. Traditionally a "cursed" quarter for the Bolton Bulls, they came out guns blazing in the third quarter. Graeme Lambert adding six points and Darren Birch scoring once from the free-throw line before Liverpool Greenbank got a chance to respond. One more basket from Graeme Lambert and three baskets from John Edwards saw Bolton Bulls post 15 points in the quarter while holding their opponents Liverpool Greenbank to only 6 points.
Bolton Bulls wanted to close out the game in the fourth and continued strong defence limited Greenbank to six points. Bolton Bulls themselves would only score five, all courtesy of Graeme Lambert, but their establish lead proved more than enough to earn them their first "W" of the season.
Final score: Bolton Bulls 41, Liverpool Greenbank 32
Fantastic win for Bolton Bulls, who will be pleased to see their hard work in training paying off with results.