Lancashire Amateur League: Bolton trio lead the way
7:30am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Other Football
A TRIO of Bolton teams lead the way at the top of the Premier Division.
Old Bolts remain top by a point despite dropping their first points of the season in a 2-2 draw at Bury GSOB.
Castle Hill closed the gap with a 7-5 victory over Hesketh Casuals, and Little Lever are three points behind them after their fifth win in a row.
Depite the point they picked up, it was a day to forget for Old Bolts who struggled to get into their fluent stride at Bury and conceded an equaliser in the dying minutes.
The home side held a 1-0 lead at half time before Sean Rushton levelled on the hour when he drilled the ball in from outside the box.
Rob Taylor gave Old Bolts the lead when he headed in from an acute angle, but they had two points – and their 100 per cent record – snatched away from them when Bury scrambled home an 89th-minute equaliser.
“It felt like a loss,” said Old Bolts manager Julian Stevens. “They are a big, direct team who work on set pieces and we couldn’t play our football.
“And to concede a goal like that at the end was really disappointing. There were 22 players in our box and they launched a long throw into the mix and pretty much rugby tackled the ball into the net.”
Castle Hill, the only other team to have scored against Old Bolts through captain Paul Fletcher, kept the pressure on their Bolton rivals.
But they almost threw it away when they twice lost their concentration when leading handsomely.
Ben Wells scored two and Nick Collins and Saul Rostron put the Tonge Moor club 4-0 up before they switched off and let Hesketh back into it with two quick goals just before half time.
Carl Henry hit the post after beating three players and rounded the keeper before Chris Beresford and Wells, with his hat-trick strike, restored the four-goal margin before they went to sleep and allowed Hesketh to score three goals in 15 minutes.
Rostron settled the nerves with his second goal, leaving his father and team manager Rob happy with the win but concerned about the way they did it.
He said: “We got complacent when we were winning easily and what they had been instructed to do went out of the window.”
Little Lever, who lost their first two games of the season, have since followed up with five straight victories, including one in the cup.
Their latest was 4-3 over Tottington Unted in which Scott Bingham got the Mytham Road men off to a flying start with two goals in the first 15 minutes.
The visitors hit back with goals from Sam Smith and Richard Woodward in a five-minute spell shortly before the break.
Ash Williams restored the lead from the spot after a debatable handball decision on 65 minutes and Ste Barlow made it 4-2 on 70 minutes before Tottington pulled one back in the dying stages through Chris Bushby Horwich Victoria, who lost their first three games of the season, made it three games unbeaten with a 1-1 draw at Old Mancunians – who could have gone third with a victory – while Howe Bridge Mills were beaten 3-0 at Prestwich.
Results Premier Division: Bury GSOB 2 Old Boltonians 2, Castle Hill 7 Hesketh Casuals 5, Failsworth Dynamos 11 Rossendale Amateurs 0, Little Lever SC 4 Tottington United 3, Old Blackburnians 0 Rochdale St Clements 4, Old Mancunians 1 Horwich Victoria 1, Prestwich 3 Howe Bridge Mills 0.