Boothtown Terriers 36
West Bowling A 26
(Pennine League, Division Two)
BOOTHTOWN Terriers had the ground staff to thank for getting their game on as they made it three wins on the bounce with a dogged success against a West Bowling second-string who included four National Conference first teamers.
Prolific stand off Graham Charlesworth scored five tries, but it was more than a one man effort as Bowling presented a constant threat throughout.
Boothtown started well and took an early lead when pressure told and Wayne Scott barged over with Charlesworth converting.
Bowling responded with three tries to race into a 10 point lead.
Wayne Scott and Scott Allen then put in a couple of big hits that resulted in the visiting prop leaving the field and that lifted the Terriers, Charlesworth getting a return pass off Scott Allen and diving over, his conversion making it 12-16.
Terriers were on top now and Charlesworth scored his second try following a tap penalty and converted to give Boothtown the lead at 18-16.
They held the advantage until the stroke of half time when Bowling scored their fourth try to make it 18-20 at the break.
The second half was strewn with errors as the conditions took their toll, but Bowling extended their lead with a try.
That looked decisive, but Boothtown stuck at it and with 10 minutes left got some luck as a speculative Dale Brown kick bounced nicely into Charlesworth’s arms and he sprinted away to complete his hat trick.
Another conversion brought Terriers to within two points of Bowling and they clinched it when Charlesworth saw a gap and raced away to score his fourth try.
The former Halifax professional then completed the scoring with his fifth after Allen broke and put the ball on a plate for him.
In the only other game invlving a local side to beat the weekend’s frost, Ovenden B ran out 42-12 winners over Meltham.