U13s Reach National Football Semi-Final
Thursday, 08 December 2011
Bolton School's U13s' football team, led by Mr Johnson and Mr Windsor, has won their Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA) quarter-final tie 2-0 against Cheadle Hulme. A win which puts Bolton School into the last 4 sides in the whole country.
The match was always going to be one of the games of the season as two unbeaten sides came head to head. With both teams having strong players and a brilliant record this year, someone's run was going to come to an end. Fortunately, Bolton had the best of both halves and targeted the Cheadle Hulme's defence by dominating on some fantastic through balls. James Kay got both goals in this vital cup game.
After the match, Mr Johnson said, ''It was a great performance from all the boys, we dominated the match and deserved the win. All the practise we have done has paid off. The team has been fantastic throughout the year - they are unbeaten after 15 matches, winning 14 and drawing one. We have been delighted with the fantastic attitude shown by this talented group of players. They thoroughly deserve their unbeaten record, playing some breathtaking football at times."
Mr Windsor said, ''The lads were outstanding from the first whistle. They played together and had tremendous team spirit all through the game. When the final whistle went you could see the excitement of progressing this far, we are very proud of the players''.
In order to book a place in the final at Burton Albion FC's ground, the boys will need to overcome Brentwood School in the semi-final in an away fixture at the Essex school on 24 January.
The School has a strong tradition in this competition. Last year its U15s team were runners-up, with the U13s' team winning the competition in 2010 and the U18 first team winning the trophy in 2003.
Bolton School is one of only 9 schools in the country to be an ISFA Focus School, where it provides outstanding football development for its own pupils and for youngsters from across the region.