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Bolton Wanderers 2014

The Football Aid fixture at The Reebok was a wonderful match of football that saw plenty of chances at both ends, particularly in the 1st half. The game started out with the Away team dominating the early phase of play, but it turned into an end-to-end affair and if it weren’t for goalies Jon Worrall and Richard Holloway the score at half time would’ve been a lot different from 1-2. As it was, the Away team were in the lead and they stepped up their attacking prowess after the break with some brilliant play in attack and defence, going on to win the game 5-1. 

Date: Wednesday 14th May
Venue: The Reebok Stadium
Bolton Wanderers Home vs Bolton Wanderers Away
Kick off: 6pm
Match Officials: Ashley Mitchell, Tom Wood, Calvin Jackson and Marcus Barlow
Legends/Managers: Gavin McCann, Glenn Keeley, Tony Kelly & Nicky Spooner

It was the Bolton Home team who got the game started, kitted out in the famous White home kit with Black shorts. But it was their opposition, in their bright Orange change strips, who were the 1st to get on the scoresheet with a great team goal which also had an end product. There was some nice passing around the back before a long ball was played forward to centre forward Maurizio Boi who was out on the left wing. The No 11 cut the ball across the box for his strike partner Mark Clyne who took two touches before hitting his shot high into the roof of the net (0-1).

With just 21mins on the clock the Away team doubled their lead with another quality team goal and a beautiful pass to set up a finish for No 11 Maurizio Boi. Centre mid Michael Pacella ran over the half-way line before playing in a slide rule pass that split the defence and enabled the forward to go through on goal. Boi took the ball towards the box and his side-footed effort curled round the goalie and into the bottom right corner of the goal (0-2).

The Away team kept attacking their opposition and looking for goals but the Home team stood strong despite their earlier setbacks. Away striker Mark Clyne got played in at the edge of the box and was about to strike towards goal only to be stopped by a majestic, body on the line, slide tackle from centre half Martin Randles. Moments later, Randles was involved again at the back but his overly strong challenge from behind was deemed as a foul on No 11 Maurizio Boi. However, the chance was squandered as the free-kick went out for a goal kick. 

With 10 mins left until the break, the Home side was crying out for some respite as they were getting constantly pinned back by their opponents' attacking prowess. Another great ball, this time from Captain Joao Alhinho, saw striker Mark Clyne through at the edge of the box. The No 9 took a powerful effort but his shot was well blocked by approaching keeper Jon Worrall.

However, the Home team came back with a great chance a couple of mins later but they were denied at the back post. A lovely one-two down the left wing between Leighton Wright and Legend Gavin McCann ended in a low ball across the face of the goal to Home striker Steve Mitchell who was charging in at the far post. The No 11 was denied however, by a great stop from keeper Richard Holloway who spread himself to palm it out for a corner.

The resulting corner was to be the goalies downfall though, after his great stop he was unlucky to concede an unfortunate goal. Initially, the corner passed over the crowd, but the ball was picked up out on the left wing and whipped back into the danger area. Holloway sensed the danger of approaching striker Steve Mitchell and came out to claim the ball. The goalie’s punch, however, hit the back of the poaching forward and bounced into the empty net behind him with 37mins on the clock (1-2).

Thanks to this, the Home team had the momentum and continued to press their opponents hoping to level the game up. Centre half Martin Randles found himself in a tonne of space and released a curling effort that had to palmed away by keeper Holloway. The ball was then returned low across the box where four Home attackers waited and the lucky customer was centre mid Danny Ryder. However the No 10’s effort from 5 yards was somehow, magically saved by Holloway who lay on the ground, palming the ball up; however, centre back Martin Mcleod, who was also on the goal line stuck out his hand helping the ball onto the bar and out of play. The resulting penalty was taken by Home No 6 Gino Marone but unfortunately the Captain's well struck effort was hit too high and the ball flew over the bar to safety.

Shortly afterwards, the referee blew his whistle for half-time, bringing to an end a very entertaining half of football. The Away team started the game a lot quicker than their opponents, getting themselves a 2 goal lead thanks to strikes from Mark Clyne and Maurizio Boi. However, it wasn’t long before the Home team got themselves back into it, producing the better chances towards the end of the game and they would’ve drawn level had they not hit the post twice and been denied by keeper Richard Holloway. A thoroughly enjoyable half of football left everything still to play for in the 2nd 45.

Half Time: Bolton Wanderers (Home) 1 - 2 Bolton Wanderers (Away)

The Away team got the game back underway and it was they who created the first good opportunity of the 2nd half. A chipped ball over the top of the Home defence played in centre forward Maurizio Boi on the right side of the box, but the No 11’s volley flashed just past the far post.

The Away team had to wait another 10 mins for another clear sight of goal and it fell to their No 11 again. Centre mid Michael Pacella picked the ball up in the centre of the park and played a lovely through ball into the centre forward. Boi rounded the keeper but ran out of space as he tried to cut it back towards goal and the ball flashed across the empty net with no one there to tap it in. 

The game started to heat up as both teams were looking for another goal and this caused some rash tackles to be made, namely, Away sub Michael Knight on centre half Martin Randles which almost forced the No 4 off. Shortly afterwards, with 80 mins gone, Maurizio Boi finally got his 2nd goal of the evening. Another beautiful ball from Michael Pacella found the run of Boi on the right wing perfectly and the No 11 cut inside before rifling home a low shot that found the bottom left corner of the goal (1-3).

Not long afterwards, the Away team were gifted another goal to put them out of reach of their opponents with 5 mins left to play. A poor pass out from the back fell to striker Maurizio Boi who darted to the by-line before producing a low ball to the back post. His cross was hammered home, high into the net, by substitute winger Michael Knight (1-4). 

The Away team were showing their attacking dominance and it was the same duo who almost created another goal for their side. Michael Pacella played a long ball forward to Maurizio Boi who was out on the right wing, Boi then cut it back for winger Cedric Boi who was darting into the box but the No 7’s shot went just wide of the far post.

Cedric Boi was involved again just a min later, breaking into the box before being brought down by keeper Jon Worrall. Despite his pleads, a penalty kick was given, allowing centre mid Joao Alhinho to step up and get himself on the score-sheet with 87mins on the clock. And he did it in brilliant style as well, coolly stepping up before executing a perfect 'panenka' chip into the bottom left corner which was a quality strike in a very stressful situation (1-5).

This was how the game ended, with the Away team leaving with a well-earned win which was the product of their class play in the 2nd half. If it weren’t for goalies Jon Worrall and Richard Holloway however, the story would’ve been very different. In the 1st half the Home defence of Martin Randles and Billy Eckersley dug in deep and frustrated their opponents. This wasn’t to last the whole game though, as the Home team's legs tired, the 2nd half saw the partnership of Michael Pacella and Maurizio Boi cutting their way through the opposition's defence to produce some well worked goals and in the end it was the quality of their midfield play that saw the Away team run out comfortable victors.

Full Time: Bolton Wanderers Home 1 - 5 Bolton Wanderers Away

Man of the Match Home: Martin Randles
Man of the Match Away: Mark Done
Moment of the Match: Maurizio Boi

Home Team: Jon Worrall, Matthew Watkinson, Gavin McCann, Martin Randles, Billy Eckersley, Gino Marone (C), Phil Norris, Leighton Wright, Maurice Lawson, Danny Ryder, Steve Mitchell, Colin Robertson, Matthew Watkinson, Gino Marone
Home Manager: Tony Kelly
Home Mascot: Charlotte Randles

Away Team: Richard Holloway, Mark Done, Glenn Keeley, Sheldon Kaye, Martin Mcleod, Joao Alhinho (C), Cédric Boi, Rick Blyth, Mark Clyne, Michael Pacella, Maurizio Boi, Joao Alhinho, Thomas Duncan, Mark Done, Michael Knight
Away Manager: Nicky Spooner
Away Mascot: Emillie Holloway