Bolton Sports Federation
Over 35 Veterans' Football League

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NB:  Elton Liberal FC (Div 3) contacts have swapped roles - Chris Hartley is now main contact
New Contact for Henighans (Div 2):  Mike Beatty      Tel: 07956 146261

This week's Report (19/05/2014)

The BSF Over 35s Football League programme finished on Sunday with the three outstanding games being completed. Although these were important to tidy up the final tables, the only one of real significance was in Division 3 where a win for BLGC would have made them champions on points and a draw would have given them the title on goal difference to deny Radcliffe Old Boys B, however……..


BLGC threw everything, including the proverbial kitchen sink at Crossguns whose goalkeeper stood steadfast and kept them out and Neil Thompson scored the only goal of the great game to give Crossguns victory and condemn BLGC to the runners-up place. So near yet so far.


In Division 1, Queen Lizzie and Atherton Town were playing for pride as they finished fifth and fourth. Atherton opened the scoring and were two nil up at half time, after which Queen Lizzie levelled the game. Atherton scored a third, but Lizzie again pulled level as Atherton began to run out of steam and Queen Lizzie scored another two thanks to having more fresh substitutes than their opponents. Atherton did hit the post twice and the crossbar once, but ended up losing a tremendous game 5-3. Ian Harrison scored a hat-trick for Queen Lizzie with Neil Callow and Justin Hughes adding one each.


Division 2 runners-up Henighans finished on a high as they beat Ainsworth A 3-1. Goalless at half-time, Martin and Roy Walker and John Done scored in the second half for Henighans and they have to be commended for completing their season after the disappointment of losing the chance to win the Division because the Bromley Cross record was expunged. Throughout the season, Henighans had beaten Bromley Cross twice, so six points were wiped from their record, but Turton Bay Mare had won and drawn, so had only four points removed.


The League is in need of a General Secretary following the resignation of the last two incumbents due to pressure of work.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for the post should contact Match Secretary John Riley on 07577 917111.

Result for Sunday 18/05/2014 + mid-week matches

Division 1: Queen Lizzie 5 Atherton Town 3
Division 2:
Ainsworth A 1 Henighans 3
Division 3:
Crossguns 0 Ainsworth B 3                    BLGC 0 Crossguns 1