Bolton School Senior Boys

U12s Through to Third Round of ESFA Cup

The Bolton School U12 football team are through to the third round of English Schools' FA Cup (ESFA) after a 7-3 victory against St Peter's School Longsight.

Given the past record of St Peter's of making it to the final stages in the competition, it was looking to be a tough match. When the boys arrived at the ground, they found they were playing at Manchester City FC's reserve ground at Sport City, Manchester, which was also used in the 2012 Olympics. It looked daunting to the boys to be playing on a full size pitch with full size goals in an U12 match, but the players took to it well and put on a fantastic performance to advance to the third round of the national competition.

The winning margin could have been increased had one of the St Peters’ players not scored a sensational free kick. However the boys matched it with a spectacular long range effort from David Leigh. Other goals from Philip Robinson, Emil Jaaskelainen, Josh Bowers, James Porter and Harry Steed made sure of the win.

Mr Windsor said: ''Playing on a full size pitch away from home and winning by such a great result was a brilliant effort from all the boys. Let's hope we get a good draw in the next round and then hopefully, game by game, we can advance to the final stages. So far our season has been excellent and if we continue to work hard and give 100% effort in both training and our matches, we can keep this going and have a very successful year. Well done to all the lads for their 7-3 win!''

The Bolton School U12 football team

The boys enjoyed an emphatic 7-3 victory on a full size pitch