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MATCH REPORT: Manchester Dev 4-2 Bolton Dev. Division 2 North

by Riegan Thompson


Manchester Development ran out 4-2 winners in a fiercely fought North West derby that could have gone either way. Both sides saw key players sent off and had fortunate goals thanks to deflections, however Manchester held their nerve and deserved the victory.

Bolton were the team to break the deadlock. The away side won a corner and worked it neatly to captain Lucas who lifted his shot over Spencer-Ofgg in the Manchester goal.

Both sides went onto exchange attacking blows in a fast paced first period. Manchester created two excellent chances on the break but found Fernandez to be in superb form between the Bolton sticks.

With Bolton enjoying the majority of possession, Manchester found their attacks coming through quick counter plays. One of which almost paid off as Wrigley burst through only to be thwarted by the inspired Fernandez.

Wrigley was proving to be the creative spark for Manchester, he almost claimed his reward with 15 minutes played as he flicked the ball over his man’s head only to see his volley saved well.

Despite all their possession Bolton created few clear cut chances – although Lucas did test Spencer-Ogg from distance, only to see his shot easily saved.

Bolton pushed to add a second before the break and could have done so had a man in white been on the end of Parish’s superb drilled cross.

Pollock came to life for the visitors in the closing stages and almost found the second goal for his side. Driving out of defence he skipped past two Manchester players, played a neat one two with Agnew but couldn’t finish under pressure.

The second half started brightly for Manchester, winning a free kick in the opening seconds. Gow was the man fouled and he took it, threading the ball to McSorland who could only cross to the side netting.

Bolton had their first and second chances of the half in quick succession. Both fell to Pollock who struck them well but was denied by Bone on both occasions.

The major talking point in the game came when Sam Gow and Kai Lawless saw red for both sides. After Lawless fouled Gow their appeared to be a confrontation which resulted in both players being shown their marching orders by the official.

With more space on the court, it was Manchester who took advantage. Rawcliffe burst away down the left and saw his shot saved by Fernandez but this time McSorland was there to slot the rebound home.

Bolton edged ahead in the contest in fortunate circumstances. Kai Bone came out his goal to clear a loose ball, with Hackett chasing down the ball it struck the Bolton man and bounced into the vacant net.

Manchester had some good luck of their own in the equaliser. Williams hit a hopeful shot from range and as if appeared Fernandez would claim comfortably – he fumbled the ball into his net and handed the hosts a leveller.

The hosts then took lead for the first time in the contest with two minutes remaining. Goddard followed the ball in and it was cleared onto him and cannoned into the net to make it 3-2 to Manchester.

Manchester almost added a fourth with a minute and a half remaining. Thompson weaved through the Bolton side and stabbed a shot goalward only to see it strike the post thanks to a touch from the on rushing Fernandez.

The win was wrapped up in the final seconds of the game through Barnes. After a sixth foul was awarded against Bolton, Manchester took full advantage and finished the game off with a cool penalty to the keepers bottom right.

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