WEST LANCASHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Bolton County learn lessons in defeat to Poulton Town
BOLTON County’s topsy turvy form in October continued when they went down to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Division One rivals Poulton Town on Saturday.
County started brightly but once the visitors had taken advantage of some slack defending to get their noses in front, their confidence drained.
Manager Henry Chapman said: “I did question my players after the game about passion and commitment because I know we are a much better team than the performance they put in on Saturday.
“I was disappointed with the inability to retain possession and, as a unit, we never created much. We could have been there until Sunday and we would not have scored.
“But the players will have to come back in and get their heads up and work hard to put it right on Saturday. I’ll be asking for a positive response.”
In the Premier League, Tempest United’s recent resurgence continued as they came from behind to earn a point from a 2-2 draw at Fulwood Amateurs.
They started poorly and were 2-0 down at half time, but they responded to a half-time team talk and Dominic Grimes pulled a goal back in the 70th minute and netted the equaliser seven minutes later.
Eagley had a rare off-day in the Lancashire Amateur Shield as they sent down 5-1 to Manchester League Premier Division strugglers Rochdale Sacred Heart.
It all started so well for Phil Roberts’ side, who scored on their first attack, Tom Darby and Mitch Leece combining before Jordan Cover blasted home.
But it was soon all square when a defensive mistake presented Rochdale with a chance to equalise.
It was still 1-1 at the break with all to play for but the Saints exploited frailties in the Eagley defence and ran out comfortable winners.
Roberts said: “There were no excuses, Rochdale were the better team on the day.
“If we all play our best football we can beat anybody.
“Unfortunately, at the moment we aren’t doing that.”
There was even more agony for local clubs in the hield with CMB going out after losing a penalty shooutout 3-2 at Southport Trinity.
CMB went 1-0 up with a 20 yard piledriver from Craig McGinlay but Southport, who looked more at home on the 3G surface got back on terms and, despite the best efforts of both sides it remained 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes, taking the tie to the dreaded shooutout.
Stoneclough’s hopes of building on victory the previous week were shattered when they went down 2-1 at home to Askam United - all the goals coming in the last five minutes.