Archive 2016-2017

2nd XI Vs Bolton Lads Club (Away)

Bolton Lads Club 1 - 0 Old Blacks Reserves

Well it's definite, Bolton Lads Club are definitely our bogie team. After losing to them 3 times last season, I felt we could go there and get a result. Unfortunately it never turned out that way.

Overall I felt that we were the better team, even though we didn't really get our game together for the first hour or so, we still played the better football, and created more chances.

The game was starting to become a little frustrating, but just as we seemed to be getting on top they went in front, with what turned out to be the winning goal.

Bolton Lads won the ball on the edge of their penalty area, and then hit the ball long and out wide, the ball was then taken almost to the bye line by their winger, who crossed in for their forward to nip in front of Mark Feeney, and somehow the ball deflected in to the goal past Ross Wilson.

After the goal Ross only had to make one good save to make, down to his right, but everything else was from long range and straight at him.

So where do I start with our chances? Our first real big chance came when Kieran Laskowski slipped a nice ball through for Brad Langhorn to go one on one with the keeper, but Brad put his shot wide when it seemed he would go on and score. Then Jordan Fielding made a strong run into the box, and sent a thunderbolt shot against the underside of the bar, only to see it bounce down on the wrong side of the goal line and away to safety. Olie Hide then somehow managed to head wide from a pin point cross, when he was around a yard out, and under the crossbar, with the keeper nowhere near him.

Mark Feeney then headed against the underside of the bar in last minute, only to watch the ball drop down in front of the net, with none or our lads close enough to tap the ball in.

Next game up is 1st v 2nd, and a chance for us to bounce straight back.

Dave

2nd XI Vs Radcliffe Town Res (Home)

Old Blacks Reserves 4 - 1 Radcliffe Town Reserves

Its a little hard to judge this performance because of the early sending off, but I would have taken 4-1 result before we kicked off!

Two early goals from Jamie Robertson not only settled us down but showed that Radcliffe were going to struggle with the movement from Brad Langhorn and Jamie up front. Our 1st goal came really early, when a through ball was missed by the defender, allowing Jamie to run through and slot home past the keeper.

We soon went two up, after a couple of top saves from their keeper saw the ball fall to Jordan Fielding, who was then tripped up before he had chance to score. Jamie then coolly slotted home from the spot.

Then came the sending off. I didn't see the actual foul, but from the reaction of some of our players, and the look on Sam Dixons face, I feared a red card was coming. Apparently Alistair Lofthouse went through the opposition player, and it looked a little nasty.  

We were going to have to shuffle things around with over an hour to go, but before we even had chance to do anything we scored again, with Jamie Robertson completing his hat-trick. After asking the ref if he could take a quick free kick 25 yards out, he waited for the ref to reply yes, and blow his whistle, he then chipped the ball over the wall into the unguarded net, while Radcliffe's keeper stood trying to organise his defence.

We kept the score to 3-0 till the half time break.

Anyone watching would not have known we only had 10 men, the work put in by everyone was superb.

We soon made it 4-0 early in the second half, after Brad Langhorn was put through, he took a touch, then chipped the keeper from around 25 yards out.

Radcliffe did pull a consolation goal back, after Ross Wilson made a good save, only to see the ball drop to the Radcliffe striker, who prodded home their consolation.

Both teams could have scored again but in the end it was a fair result.

Well done to everyone involved. Next game up we will be looking to gain revenge over Bolton Lads?

LFA Cup 2nd Round 8th October

Broughton left the Lancashire Amatuer League some years ago now, but the chance to cross swords again with this well established local club, is something we are all looking forward to.

We hope to see many of you there to cheer the Blacks on.