MATT Farr said Winnington Park’s players had allowed emotion to get the better of them during a defeat against Bolton.

The home team had assumed control at Burrows Hill, establishing a 19-3 lead inside half an hour, before allowing their guests back into the contest.

“We lost focus and our discipline was awful,” said the head coach.

“The game was in the bag and we can only blame ourselves, which is disappointing after playing so well in our previous game.”

Bolton converted a penalty-kick to take the lead but Winnington could not match that feat when they had a similar opportunity following a high tackle.

They did break through though when Lee Allmark chased his own forward kick before collecting the ball and dotting down.

A driving maul ended with Harry Stubbs forcing his way over, a try converted by Chris Twigg, before a scorching run from behind his own 10-metre line by back-row forward Alex Glendinning saw him add to the home team’s tally.

Twigg again added the extras.

Bolton replied quickly after Park lost concentration at a scrum, the visitors’ scrum-half peeling away to run unchallenged to the line.

It disturbed the hosts, who conceded again after sloppy tackling failed to halt an opponent’s progress.

A successful conversion saw their lead cut to four points at the interval.

Sam Houghton was shown a yellow card for dissent early in the second-half as Bolton started to dominate and they visitors took the lead at 20-19 after punishing slack defending.

On roll, they secured a bonus-point when they added a fourth try – and converted it too – to leave Park playing catch-up.

The Northwich side’s hopes were hit though when skipper Dave Cross was sent to the sin-bin as punishment for stamping and he was followed there by a Bolton player following another high tackle.

Stubbs was too powerful for the away team when they tried to resist following another drive after a lineout and Twigg’s extras closed a gap on the scoreboard to a point.

A pivotal moment followed when Park were awarded a penalty 10 metres from Bolton’s line and they declined a chance to kick.

Instead an attempt to drive over again failed and the referee’s whistle brought the contest to an end.

Farr added: “The lads know what went wrong and they need to put it behind them in the remaining games.”

Park | Underdown, Evans, Snowden, Hallworth, Dave Cross, Dykes, Stubbs, Glendinning, Matt Cross, Brookes, Danny Williams, Houghton, Moran, Allmark, Twigg Replacements Eaves, Sanchez, Treacy Tries Allmark, Stubbs (2), Glendinning Cons Twigg (3)