Football Aid Championships, Wednesday May 2nd 2007, The Reebok Stadium
Bolton Wanderers (Home) 2 - Bolton Wanderers (Away) 10
Philip Thorpe inspired Wanderers Away to a rousing victory over Whitlow’s men, netting 5 goals in a dramatic encounter at the Reebok Stadium.
Despite an evenly balanced start to the first half, the Away team - led by Tony Kelly – slowly took control, running amok in the latter stages and strategically breaking down Home’s defence.
Philip Thorpe opened the scoring in the 7th minute, punching the ball in from 10 yards but his opposite number, Dave Evans, responded immediately, pouncing on an error from Bradburn to slot home the equaliser.
The rest of the half was a quiet affair until 5 minutes before the break, it all kicked off. Pouncing on a defensive blunder, substitute Jones stabbed the ball into the back of the net to hand Away the lead. The following can only be described as a goal frenzy as Thorpe ran riot, hammering in 3 goals in the space of two minutes.
A minute before half time saw his first, a great finish that left keeper Taylor floundering while his second came on the stroke of half time. His third came immediately after in extra time with one fan commenting, “I can’t keep up with this!”
Much to the relief of the shell shocked Home team, the whistle finally blew signalling the end of the first half. The score 1-5.
On a role, the Away team came out guns blazing in the second half. Substitute Rai made an over eager attempt at goal in the 55th minute, blasting the ball well over from 6 yards much to the amusement of the crowd while Jones showed sublime skill before his resulting lob over the keeper hit the crossbar.
Their next goal was helped in by Tony Kelly – the ex-pro meeting a great cross by Jones and impressively heading it into his own net and Thorpe slammed in his fifth shortly after, capitalising on poor Home defending to make it 1-7.
But the Home side battled on, Evans enjoying an attempt that went just wide from 25 yards and Tamman finally broke through the Away defence to slot home a great goal, boosting the side’s confidence.
A determined Rai finally got his goal minutes from time, rounding the keeper to neatly thump the ball in but the Away team were by no means finished there.
Skipper Mathers added to the score sheet in sensational style – a 1 on 1 with keeper Taylor that had the crowd on the edge of their seats – while right on full time Grimshaw confidently flashed in another to make the final score 2-10.
Home Team: A.Taylor, D.Redmond, M.Whitlow, A.Armstrong, G.Taylor, R.Thorpe, A.Morrell, I.Worthington, D.Evans, R.Tamman, D.Robinson, R.Hillyard, C.Chambers, M.Lever
Away Team: M.Ball, L.Grimshaw, T.Kelly, N.Spooner, J.Clarke, B.Shone, B.Singh Lehal, S.Mathers, K.Singh, P.Thorpe, G.Bradburn, S.Mitchell, M.Jones, G.Singh Rai, M.Bent, R.Tootell.