Monday, 06 March 2017
Bolton School’s U12 football team is in the semi-final of the Greater Manchester Cup, where they will play an away fixture against Manchester Grammar School on Saturday 18 March.
The U12s’ progression was secured after overcoming Altrincham Grammar 4-3 after extra-time in the quarter final. At half-time, Bolton had thought victory was secured with a 3-0 ascendancy, after scoring what can only be described as the goal of the season with a dozen cumulative swift passes and clever feints to carve out an excellently taken goal. Even the referee commented at half time that it was the best goal he’d ever seen from boys of that age! However, an early second half goal from the hosts and with Bolton labouring to play uphill, Altrincham began to increase the pressure. Despite valiant efforts to maintain their lead, Bolton capitulated with a late couple of goals which saw the game head towards extra time.
Neither side wanted penalties and both teams went all out to finish the tie. With five minutes to go, and still 3-3, captain Joel Burgess was freed from his defensive responsibilities and asked to cause carnage upfront; this he did with a strong, robust and skilful drive into the box to set up Guy Seddon for a simple finish to complete the victory with only minutes to spare. Other Bolton scorers in the match were Luca Latona, Nathaniel Kampers and Joel Burgess.
Mr Johnson, Head of PE in the Boys’ Division, said: “I am very proud of the achievements of the boys this year and in particular some of the outstanding football that they have played. Given that this is their first year together as a team, they have really shown great spirt, resolve and togetherness. They thoroughly deserve their tremendous results. Well done “.
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