Bolton Wanderers Ladies slipped to a 4-1 defeat against Morecambe Ladies in their second home game in the Women’s Premier League.
An experienced Morecambe outfit came out of the blocks flying, opening the scoring with a third minute strike. Bolton were struggling to respond, but grew into the game as the first period progressed and were hopeful of turning it around just a goal behind going into half-time.
But that optimism was dashed by a series of Morecambe set piece goals to seal the victory in the second half.
A late consolation from Shel Saunders offered a positive from the game, as did a debut for 16-year-old local girl Ellie Mills.
Reserves in seventh heaven
Bolton Ladies Reserves manager Scott Strang had a much more balanced squad to work as his side made the trip to Brighouse. And it showed, as the visitors ran in 7-1 winners.
The performance was more akin to what has been seen on the training ground and, in only their second match as a group, they routed Brighouse in this Reserves Cup clash. Debut goals from Emma Cann and Rachel Owen were added to by a brace from Millie Critchley and a hat-trick for Shellby Wolstencroft
Under 21s defeated in local battle
The young whites came up against a much stronger team on paper as they faced off against Bury’s first team in this North West Regional League clash. The girls did themselves credit in a narrow 2-0 defeat, battling through in difficult conditions - with special mention for a fine game performance by goalkeeper Katie Kefford.
Community Team suffer narrow defeat
Following their 5-4 victory last week, the Community team were on the wrong end of a goalfest this time around. They performed admirably up against a Beechfield outfit that has competed at this level for a number of seasons. Poppy Halms hit a 25-yard strike to cancel out Beechfield’s lead and Stacey Saunders also struck an equaliser to make it 2-2. However, a defensive error proved costly and allowed a narrow Beechfield win.
Under 14s go goal crazy
A summer of strong recruitment paid dividends as Bolton under-14s blitzed Lostock 13-0. The new look side went goal crazy in their first outing of the season, in particular through Rhia Dickins as she hit ain impressive double hat-trick. She was joined on the scoresheet by braces from Annabel Edge and Charlotte Bird, as well as goals for Rubie Hoofe, Darcie Tennant and Lauren Lynchey.