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Bolton Wanderers 2010

It had been an up and down season for Wanderers but it ended on a high, with the Trotters 9 points ahead of the relegation zone and with ex-player Owen Coyle returning as Manager. The proud participants were all in high spirits when they arrived on what was one of the hottest days of the year, but the stamina sapping conditions certainly didn't deter the players from providing some top quality entertainment for the crowd of friends and family in the stands with a 9 goal feast of football served up!

Saturday 22nd May 2010
Bolton Wanderers Home vs. Bolton Wanderers Away
Kick-Off: 4:00pm
Legends: Tony Kelly and Scott Green
Match Officials: Paul Kershaw, Paul Wilcox, Simon Franks and Barry Lamb

The players emerged from the tunnel to a very vocal support cheering them on from the stands. The fact it was a Saturday afternoon and the sun was shining was obviously a factor for such a fantastic crowd at the Reebok in late May and they really encouraged the players on to a flying start.

It was the Away team that got the game underway and eager to impress those who had come to watch they pushed forward and tested keeper Steven Brassington within minutes. Scott Green linked up well with Simon Barlow before Green let fire from outside the area only to be denied by the outstretched arm of the keeper, who put it behind for a corner.

The corner was whipped in by Andrew Harland but was met by the Home defence. It was only cleared as far as Nick Ebbitt however, who swung the ball back towards the box where Green controlled it and played it square to Steve Mitchell. The Captain then hit first time from inside the six yard box, under the keeper and challenging defenders and into the net (0-1).

The Home team responded well and created some good chances and one of them fell for Alex Smal when Kris Archer played the ball forward. Smal turned Alcock and began to bear down on goal, bombing forward he drove into the box but with Holland close on his heels he could only manage to hit the side-netting.

Minutes later and Smal came close again. This time it was a long ball over the top from Tony Kelly which saw the No 17 latch on to the ball and find himself one-on-one with Steve Exley in goals however a poor first touch allowed the defence to catch him and his effort went sailing over the bar.

Half-Time: Bolton Wanderers Home 0 - 1 Bolton Wanderers Away

The Home team got the 2nd half underway but similar to the first the Away team had tested the goalkeeper again within minutes. Green's through ball found Barlow in on goal, somehow managing to beat the offside trap, Barlow shot first time and Brassington saved well from close range; the rebound falling to Davies who blasted over the bar. Good save by the keeper but Barlow should have scored.

Only moments later and Simon Barlow had made up for his miss. Again he found himself through on goal after a lovely ball through the middle. This time he took his time, took a touch and then hammered home from close range; an excellent strike (0-2).

The lead was then increased to three with a goal from Scott Green. The ever lively Maurice Lawson picked out Barlow wide on the left with a lovely pass, allowing the Away striker to slip the ball into the path of Green. An impressive Cruyff turn saw Green one-on-one with Brassington but as the keeper tried to kick the ball out of danger it struck the boot of Scott Green and found its way into the net (0-3).

The Home team then hit back straight away, determined not to let the score-line get out of hand. Ebbitt played the ball forward to John O'Neill who continued his run into the box, Exley came out to narrow the angle but O'Neill slipped the ball across goal and Alex Smal got the goal he deserved by firing home from close range (1-3).

Despite the Home team clawing one back they weren't able to calm the storm and only a few minutes later conceded a goal very similar to the one they had just scored. The ball was played forward to Ridings who bombed down the wing and progressed in to the box, as the keeper came out to put pressure on the attack, Ridings squared the ball across goal and Andrew Harland made no mistake in firing the ball into an empty net (1-4).

Straight from the kick-off the Home team nearly pulled one back when a long ball over the top saw Smal close in on goal and hit a shot at the goalkeeper. Exley pulled of a fantastic save but Smal latched on to the rebound only to be denied by a goal-line clearance by Adam Phillips.

The next ten minutes was then played out mainly in the middle third of the pitch but it wasn't long before the Away team notched another goal. Adam Phillips skipped forward with the ball showing off some of his considerable skills before cutting it back to Harland just inside the box. Harland then took one touch and struck low under the defence and past the helpless goalkeeper for his second goal of the game (1-5).

With the clock ticking away John Ridings looked to have scored what would have been his first goal of the game. The Away team pushed forward again with Ridings striding down the left wing, he played the ball inside for Harland who tried to bag his hat-trick with an effort from outside the area. The ball took a deflection though and fell to Ridings who powered a shot low and hard past the keeper, but the flag was up for offside, no goal.

The Away team's sixth followed soon after when Scott Green produced a great piece of individual play. The Away team's Legend gathered the ball just inside the opposition's half and began to drive forward; he skipped past player after player allowing himself the space to shoot from just inside the box. His right-footed shot left the keeper with no chance, a low composed effort which nestled in the keeper's bottom left corner (1-6).

John Ridings then got himself on the score-sheet despite his earlier effort being flagged offside. It was the last goal of the game and came when Green's cross in to the box was met by the head of O'Hagan. The centre-half could only clear as far as Ridings however, who controlled with his chest before thumping the ball with his left foot into the back of the net to complete the scoring and round off an emphatic win for the Away team (1-7).

Full-Time: Bolton Wanderers Home 1 - 7 Bolton Wanderers Away

Man of the Match Home: Alex Smal
Man of the Match Away: Simon Barlow
Moment of the Match: Steven Brassington

Home Team: Steven Brassington, George Lloyd, Tony Kelly, Stuart Seddon, Gary O'Hagan, Nick Ebbitt, Kris Archer, Nick Poling, John O'Neill, Chris Jamieson, Henry Lloyd, Derrick Green, Alex Smal

Away Team: Steve Exley, John Ridings, Scott Green, Adrian Alcock, Paul Holland, Todd Reid, Sibby Khan, Steve Mitchell, Andrew Harland, Maurice Lawson, Simon Barlow, Mick Flaherty, Stewart Pass, Adam Philips.

Mascots: Ryan & Freddy Alcock