Monday, 08 May 2017
In front of a good number of their supporters, including Bolton School Boys' Division Headmaster Philip Britton and OBA President David Shaw, Old Boltonians AFC 1st XI claimed the Lancashire FA Bluefin Sports Insurance Amateur Cup for the second time in four seasons on Monday evening. The side, who had claimed the LAL Premier Division runners-up spot just a few days earlier, beat a strong Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs side 3-0. The final was played on a lovely spring evening at The County Ground, Leyland which is the headquarters of the Lancashire FA.
Bolts’ work rate in the first 45 minutes was impressive, and a penalty through leading scorer Darren Dalton gave us the lead, before Matt McClellan scored to make it 2-0. Our opponents were rightly reduced to 10 men before half time after a late challenge. The second half saw Southport & Ainsdale dictate much of the play, but without ever threatening to reduce the deficit. Matt McClellan doubled his tally and gave the score line a convincing look towards the end of the game.
Former pupils Tom Whittaker, James Edmondson, Nick Holt and Lucas Gaynor (pictured with the cup) helped the team to victory.
The club also recently thanked Craig Jolley, who left Bolton School in 1999, for his service as Club Secretary; he was replaced by Nick Holt, a 2008 leaver.
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