Who are Woolston Rovers

Woolston Rovers Rugby Club was founded at the Lido Country Club on Manchester Road, Woolston in 1959. The first game played by Woolston Rovers was against Cadishead in the 1960–61 season with Woolston losing 58–8. For the first two seasons Woolston had no pitch, and played all their games away from home. At the start of the third year they acquired a pitch in Victoria Park, where they played until they moved to Bennetts Recreation Ground, Padgate.

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Junior Section Results - Wednesday 15th May - Sunday 19th May 2019

Wednesday 15th May

Woolston Rovers Under 12s Greens 34 Wigan St Cuthberts Under 12s 12

Tries: Oscar Rattigan, Ashton Lewis 2, Oliver Polec, Finn Yeomans 2

Goals: Ben Harrison 5

Woolston Rovers Under 15s 67 Orrell St James Under 15s 10

Tries: Lewis Banfield, Owen Hemmings, Rorio Zheng, Matt Jenkins, Jamie Reddecliff, Bobby Geritas, Jacob Delaney, Leo Zheng 2, Mike Butler 2

Goals: Jack Darbyshire 6, Jack Bailey 5

Drop Goal: Jack Bailey

Sunday 19th May

Hindley Under 11s 30 Woolston Rovers Under 11s Greens 18

Tries: Bailey Hamilton, Jake Warburton, Dan Stelfox

Goals: Louis Talbot, Dan Stelfox, Jack Bramhall

Man of the Match: Dylan Allen
Coaches Award: Bailey Hamilton
Top Tackler: TJ Stephenson

Woolston Rovers Under 11s Golds 38 Folly Lane Crusaders Under 11s 10

Tries: Jake Bloomfield-Lucy, Thomas Whitehead, Leon Johnson, Finley Greenfield 2, Jackson Dillon 2

Goals: Ethan Howarth, Samuel Dickinson, Leon Johnson, Alex Wilson, Jake Bloomfield-Lucy

Man of the Match: Finley Greenfield
Opposition Man of the Match: Ellis Livesey
Coaches Award: Cian Hunter

Woolston Rovers Under 12s Golds 24 Westhoughton Lions Under 12s 18

Tries: Ethan Jones 2, Finn Atkinson, Kyle Roberts

Goals: Reagan Higham 4

Man of the Match: Jack Hamblett
Opposition Man of the Match: Jack Hamblett
Coaches Award: Sean Chamberlain

Golborne Parkside Under 16s 28 Woolston Rovers Under 16s 20

Tries: Joe Johnson, Connor Thorpe, Nathan O’Rourke, Will Tilleke

Goals: Kyle Best 2

Man of the Match: Nathan O’Rourke
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Woolston Rovers ‘A’ made it back-to-back victories in the NWML Division Three when an excellent all-round team performance enabled them to claim a convincing victory over Eccleston Lions at The Sadore Construction Field, Monks Sports Club on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers opened the scoring in the second minute when a pass from loose forward Mike Ward found centre Craig Middlemore who pushed through a gap to score on the left but ten minutes later Eccleston levelled matters when second row Ben Latham forced his way through the Rovers line to score in the left corner.

Just after the midway point of the half Rovers prop forward Niall Toher found stand off Lewis Porter who raced twenty metres to score. Full back Liam Sullivan converted and eight minutes later hooker Olly Hands shot from dummy half and raced thirty metres to score under the posts and give Sullivan a simple conversion.

Rovers stretched their lead three minutes before the break when substitute Ethan Jude sent scrum half Tom Gaskell racing away to score. Sullivan converted and then straight from the restart Rovers substitute Christian Taylor collected the ball and raced the length of the field and scored under the posts. Sullivan added the conversion to give his side a commanding 28-4 interval advantage.

A minute into the second half a fine ball from Sullivan found Middlemore who spotted a gap in the Eccleston defence and went though it to score on the left. Sullivan converted and five minutes later a pass from Ward found Taylor who went forty metres so score under the posts. Sullivan added the conversion.

Rovers next try came when Jude and second row Jack Inman combined to find centre Olly Parr and he dived over in the right corner but almost immediately Eccleston responded when Latham went over for his second try of the afternoon.

A kick by Eccleston was collected on the halfway line by Sullivan and he ran fifty metres to score on the left and then right on full time Porter found second row Anthony Clayton who passed onto Ward who then offloaded superbly to Hands and he raced over under the posts. Sullivan added the conversion to complete a fine 54-8 win for the Green & Gold men.

The Man of the Match was awarded to Rovers stand off Lewis Porter. He was very well supported by substitute Ethan Jude, prop forward Niall Toher and loose forward Mike Ward,

After the game Rovers ‘A’ coach Matt Lowe said, “That was really good from us today; we were very patient and composed when we had the ball and that allowed us to build up pressure and then score some fine tries. Our defence was also really impressive which frustrated Eccleston and forced them into some errors. We have been delighted with how we have played these past two weeks and we look forward to getting back in action in two weeks time at Leigh East ‘A’ after having a week off next weekend.”


Liam Sullivan, Louis Griffiths, Olly Parr, Craig Middlemore, Tom Atherton, Lewis Porter, Tom Gaskell, Tom Harvey, Olly Hands, Niall Toher, Anthony Clayton, Jack Inman, Mike Ward.

Subs: Ethan Jude, Christian Taylor, Tom Fagan, Ben Crewe.
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Woolston Rovers had to settle for a point at Hunslet Warriors as a titanic struggle between the top two teams at the start of the day ended in a hard fought draw in the Kingstone Press National Conference League Division Three game at Warrior Park on Saturday afternoon.

A much changed Rovers side, with several regulars unavailable, put in a tremendously committed performance to almost claim a deserved victory but a late penalty goal for the home said saw the points shared in a high quality encounter that was well controlled by referee Dominic Breslin.

Hunslet opened the scoring on nine minutes when stand off Daryl Gaunt broke through the Rovers line and raced clear before sending winger Nathan Clapham away to score on the right but rovers responded midway through the half when a lovely kick into the in-goal area by scrum half Ben Dixon saw winger Alex Dunne react quickest to touchdown wide out on the left. Dixon added the conversion to put his side ahead.

Shortly afterwards Dixon landed a penalty after Hunslet had been caught offside and then nine minutes before the break a high kick to the corner on the last tackle by stand off Theo Holt was caught superbly by Dunne and he manage to give a great ball to centre Callum Moore who scored wide out on the left to give Rovers a 12-4 half time advantage.

Three minutes into the second half Warriors scrum half Jordan Gale was held just short and from a quick play the ball hooker Liam Brown went from dummy half and managed to twist in the tackle and score at the side of the posts. Gale converted to narrow the deficit to two points.

Hunslet had prop forward Dave Norton sin binned on fifty five minutes for leading with the elbow in a tackle and although Rovers went close they were unable to take advantage of the extra man and then sixteen minutes later Rovers substitute Josh Sudlow and Hunslet’s Brown were given yellow cards following an altercation.

With two minutes remaining Rovers had Dunne sent to the sin bin for an alleged stamp as he got up to play the ball and Gale landed the resulting penalty to level the scores and then a minute from time Rovers had a penalty to win the game but it just sailed wide and the match finished in a pulsating 12-12 draw.

The Man of the Match was awarded to Rovers hooker Ryan Brown. He was very well supported by loose forward Harry Files and stand off Theo Holt.

After the game Rovers Head Coach Mal Holt said, “That was a very hard fought draw that keeps us in a great position. With injuries and work commitments we were forced to make six changes to the team from last week but the boys who came in did great for us. The game was an arm wrestle throughout with neither side able to pull away. Our defence stood firm but to be fair to Hunslet theirs did as well. At the end of the game the lads were gutted that they didn’t hold on for the win but we picked up a valuable point away from home at a very good side so we will take that.”


Charlie Phythian, Alex Dunne, Justin Becker, Callum Moore, Simon Bishop, Theo Holt, Ben Dixon, Max Ainsworth, Ryan Brown, Dan Fearnley, Danny Griffiths, Alex Smith, Harry Files.

Subs: Scott Whiteley, Josh Sudlow, Kieran Sudlow, Matt Taylor.
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Another win for our NWML side yesterday against Eccleston Lions

Woolston Rovers 'A' 54

Eccleston Lions 8

While our NCL side drew against Hunslet Warriors.

Hunslet Warriors 12

Woolston Rovers 12
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