Bolton Sports Federation
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This week's Report (20/10/2014)

Fifteen matches, 88 goals and only two teams failing to score. That was Sunday’s statistics for the BSF Over 35 Football League.


The highest score of the day was in Division 2 when Mitchells Unicorn thrashed Ainsworth A by eleven goals to nil. Johnny Palmer and Paul Stritch each scored four whilst Steve Lockett, Mark Clements and Mike Sands added one each. With five straight wins, Mitchells top Division 2, two points clear of Chorlton Sports and have a game in hand. The score looks bad for Ainsworth, but having two goalkeepers leave the field with injuries was a serious blow.


Chorlton Sports won to stay in touch, but had a scare. Leading 4-0 and half time, they made bad substitutions which Digmoor exploited, playing some great football they were unlucky not to take a point. Mick Vanden (2), Noel Coleman and Damian Hilton scored for Chorlton with Ian Jones (2) and Ian Luck on target for Digmoor.


Ashtonians won 6-1 away to bottom side PF Bury for whom Mike Holly scored, but an own goal, two each by Peter Hitchen and John Gough, plus one by Gary Owens gave the visitors victory.


Also in Division 2, BLGC visited Golborne Parkside and came away with three points thanks to goals by Allen Mitchell and Jonathan Abernethy. Old Boltonians dented the hopes of Radcliffe Old Boys B as they won 2-1. Noel Shine scored Radcliffe’s goal.


As in Division 2, Division 1 matches produced 30 goals. Turton Bay Mare are joint top of the Division although they have played one game more than Salford Waggon and Atherton Town, but did their goal difference a power of good with a 7-2 away win over Radcliffe Old Boys A. Stuart Williams scored a hat-trick, Wayne Jenkins (2), Dave Eatock and captain Adam Burke, with his first goal of the season, scored for Turton with Colin Doherty and Paul Bentley replying for Radcliffe.


Salford Waggon stay top on goal difference and their 5-2 home win over Queen Lizzie was just enough to keep them there. Andrew Brooke, Brian Love, Paul Taylor and two by George Rowbotham gave Salford the points.


Victory for Moorside Rangers would have elevated them to top spot, but they lost 3-4 at home for Cheers Bar. Lee Murray scored two and Chris Bates one for Moorside whilst John Coogan (2), Paul Bishop and Carlton Jordon scored for the visitors.


Atherton Town stayed in touch at the top with a narrow away win at Daten, winning by the odd goal in three, but Astley Bridge had a more comfortable 3-1 win away to North Walkden. Steve Williams scored for the home side, but two goals by Mark Sloan and one by Brett Metcalfe secured the points for Astley Bridge.


Although Division 3 produced a mere 28 goals, Ainsworth B did their bit to match the other Divisions by beating Radcliffe Old Boys C 8-1. Mickey Jefferson scored six (two match balls?) and Paul Roscoe the other two to stay two points clear at the top.


With the top five teams all winning, Broadway stay second following their 4-2 away win over Elton Liberals. Ian Hayes and Jason Fox scored for Elton whilst Dave Fahay and John Gilmartin scored a brace apiece for Broadway.


Third placed Dobbies S&SC beat Whitefield Cons 5-1 after being 3-1 ahead at half time. Anthony Healey scored a hat-trick and Robert Howarth and Gary Davenport added one each and Lewis Pearson netted Whitefield’s only goal.


Nathan Cooke, Paul Scholes and Dan Stokes gave Failsworth Home Guard a 3-1 away win over Bolton Wyresdale and in the closest finish in the Division. A Damien Smith double gave Breightmet United a 2-1 victory at Crossguns for whom Ste Hyde scored.

Result for Sunday 19/10/2014

Division 1

Daten FC 1 Atherton Town FC 2          Moorside Rangers 3 Cheers Bar Vets FC 4          Radcliffe Old Boys A 2 Turton Bay Mare 7
North Walkden 1 Astley Bridge Vets 3          Salford Waggon 5 Queen Lizzie 2

Division 2

Chorlton Sports Vets 4 Digmoor FC 3          Golborne Parkside Vets 0 BLGC 2          Mitchells Unicorn FC 11 Ainsworth A 0
Old Boltonians AFC 2 Radcliffe Old Boys B 1          PF Bury Vets 1 Ashtonian Vets 6
Division 3
Dobbies S&SC 5 Whitefield Con Club FC 1          Cross Guns 1 Breightmet United 2          Elton Liberal FC 2 Broadway Vets AFC 4
Ainsworth B 8 Radcliffe Old Boys C 1          Failsworth Home Guard Vets FC 3 Bolton Wyresdale AFC 1