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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A hard fought local ‘derby’ went the way of Crosfields ‘A’ as they defeated Woolston Rovers ‘A’ in the NWML Division Three at Hood Lane Recreation Ground on Friday evening in a very entertaining encounter.

The ‘Soap’ took the lead in the third minute when the ball was sent along the line to centre Taylor Boyne who scored in the left corner. Scrum half Ryan Connolly converted and three minutes later hooker Jack Williams raced forty metres to score at the side of the posts. Connolly added the conversion.

Rovers got off the mark shortly afterwards when a long ball on the last tackle from stand off Elliott Best found centre Lewis Hoarty who squeezed over in the right corner and midway through the half a couple of short passes from Best and loose forward Chris Dean put prop forward Daniel Percival over at the side of the posts. Hoarty added the conversion.

On the half hour Crosfields stand off Joe Kohe-Love offloaded to second row Sam Hickey who went over on the right. Connolly converted and then shortly afterwards a handling error by Rovers saw Crosfields loose forward Ben Kenwright hack the ball forward and then collect to score in the left corner. Connolly added a fine conversion once again.

Two minutes before the break slick handling by Crosfields saw the ball reach centre Josh Whitham who scored in the right corner to give his side a 28-10 half time advantage.

Four minutes into the second half Rover made an error on their own ten metre line and from the resulting scrum Crosfields full back Alex Clutterbuck linked into the line to score at the side of the posts. Connolly converted but eight minutes later Rovers responded when a penalty put them close to the Crosfields line and prop forward Niall Toher forced his way over on the left. Hoarty added the conversion.

Almost immediately rovers moved back downfield and on the last tackle and kick into the in-goal area by Dean was collected superbly by second row Mike Ward to score on the left. Hoarty converted to reduce the deficit to twelve points and then on the hour Crosfields had Hickey sin binned for use of an elbow in the tackle and a minute later Williams was also yellow carded for foul play.

Despite their numerical disadvantage Crosfields managed to score the net try when winger Aaron Holliday raced forty metres to score under the posts. Connolly converted and then substitute Danny Lee burrowed over under the posts. Connolly added the conversion.

The home side brought up their half century when T Boyne broke through to score wide out on the left. Connolly converted and two minutes from time Connolly stepped round the Rovers defence to score under the posts. He added the conversion to his own try to complete a 58-22 win for Crosfields ‘A’.

Best for Crosfields were scrum half Ryan Connolly, hooker Jack Williams and loose forward Ben Kenwright. Rovers were best served by loose forward Chris Dean, stand off Elliott Best and prop forward Niall Toher.


Alex Clutterbuck, Jamie Harrison, Taylor Boyne, Josh Whitham, Aaron Holliday, Joe Kohe-Love, Ryan Connelly, Sam Hughes, Jack Williams, Ash Catterall, Sam Hickey, Scott Turton, Ben Kenwright.

Subs: Danny Lee, Matthew Pitt, Robson Boyne, Tom Millington.


Wil Maudsley, Tom Atherton, Lewis Hoarty, Conor Clarke, Simon Bishop, Elliott Best, Dominic Ball, Niall Toher, Dave Walker, Daniel Percival, Mike Ward, Louis Nixon, Chris Dean.

Subs: Scott Whiteley, Josh Sudlow, Kieran Sudlow, Ben Crewe.
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Woolston Rovers Under 11s Golds are looking to recruit for September when they start to play 13 a-side. At present we have 15 players but have an eye on September and beyond.

Training is currently on Wednesday evenings (7pm - 8pm) and Thursday evenings (6pm - 7pm) on Hillock Lane, adjacent to our Monks Sports Club home.

For further information please contact Phil on 07967 745721 or Barry on 07917 238720.

Here is a link to a recruitment video for the Under 11s Golds:

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Our North West Mens League side take on local rivals Crosfields this evening in NWML Division Three

🏉 Crosfields 'A' v Woolston Rovers 'A'

🗓 Friday 26th July 2019

📍Webb Security Ground, Hood Lane

⌚ 7:30pm kick off

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Woolston Rovers Under 10s had the honour of being mascots for Toronto Wolfpack as they secured the Championship League Leaders Shield on Sunday evening by defeating Widnes Vikings at the Halton Stadium.

Rovers Under 10s Head Coach Mark Robinson said, “I would like to say a massive thank you to Sean Mellor at Widnes Vikings for giving the team this fabulous opportunity. Walking out with Toronto Wolfpack and then playing at half time against Halton Farnworth Hornets in front of over 3,000 fans will be a memory that the players will never forget. Also a big thank you to Ashton Sims from the Toronto Wolfpack for coming over to the other side of the stadium after the game to speak to the team and have a few photographs taken.”

Club PRO Dave Whalley added, “It was a great night for the young lads and they all really enjoyed it. This is the second time that they have had the opportunity to be part of a Toronto game this season, they were flag bearers at the Swinton fixture, and it means a lot to them. Ashton has been with them since the very first training session when he brought his son Kobe, so it was great for them to see him again and send a message to their friend and teammate.”

If you would like to be involved at Rovers in any capacity please contact Club Secretary Nikki Whalley on 07889 170895, e-mail nikki_whalley@hotmail.com or log on to the club website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/woolstonroversRLFC for further details.
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