Bolton School Senior Boys

U13s Reach National Football Quarter-Finals

Bolton School’s U13 football team is into the Quarter Finals of the Independent Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) Cup, having overcome Manchester’s St Bede’s College, 4-2 in the last sixteen round. 

After playing out a 2-2 draw with St Bede’s in a friendly match earlier in the season, it was clear that this would be a difficult encounter. This was made even trickier for the Bolton Year 8 lads with the absence of two important players through sickness. The game did not disappoint and it was St Bede’s that got off to a flying start going 2-0 up after only 15 minutes. 

Half time couldn’t come soon enough for Head of PE Mr Johnson and Coach Mr Branagan as there were many areas that needed improving if Bolton were to get back into the game. 

Second half, the lads responded magnificently and played some outstanding football, with St Bede’s struggling to get out of their own half. A stunning brace from Latona after some excellent build up play drew Bolton level. The ascendency was definitely with Bolton as they started to dominate possession and win tackle after tackle. Confidence was running high and their dominance was rewarded with a cool finish from striker Nathaniel Kampers to make it 3-2. The captain Burgess, who usually leads the defence, was playing in an unfamiliar role of midfield and began to terrorise the opposition with his hard fought challenges and silky skills in a more advanced role. The game was put to bed with 5 minutes to go with a cute little chip over the keeper’s head into the far corner by Thomas Darbyshire. 

A delighted Mr Johnson reflected: “The lads showed tremendous effort and team spirit in a hard fought contest to come from 2-0 down, but a special mention must go to the Man of the Match Ben Male for his outstanding performance in an unfamiliar role as a holding midfield player. 

I’m very proud of the lads’ achievements over the last 2 years, winning the Town Cup and being Semi-Finalists of the Greater Manchester Cup last year and now Quarter-Finalists of the ISFA Cup this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching these boys and they deserve some special recognition for the excellent football that they play week in, week out.” 

Earlier rounds in the competition saw the Bolton boys overcome Leeds Grammar School 7-1 with four goals from Burgess and strikes from Old, Carter and Latona; Bury Grammar 3-1 with Burgess, Latona and Kampers netting; and Foremarke Hall 3-2 with two goals from Burgess and one from Carter.

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