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Bootle FC
Squires Gate FC
Sat 2 Dec 15:00 - League Full time

REPORT: Bootle 1-0 Squires Gate

Late goal kills resolute Gate performance at title chasing Bootle

This was Gate's third straight defeat but manager Andy Clarkson was proud of his sides efforts at high-flying Bootle.

Fewer than 48 hours after facing Burscough in the Macron Cup, Gate more than held there own in the first half of this Hallmark Security Premier Division Contest. Manager Andy Clarkson welcomes Gary Pett back to the starting 11 after he missed the last two league games due to a holiday and gave a first start to Jordan O'Mahoney under his tenure who replaced the unavailable Lewis Masters.

Although the hosts had most the possession and territory in the second half, it took one strike in the 70th minute to seperate the teams. Manager Clarkson felt the goal was rather unfortunate on his side - a 25 yard strike through a crowd of players which took a horrible bounce over keeper Ben Fletcher.

Clarkson introduced a third striker for the final 20 minutes but his side struggled to create any clear-cut chances and now stand 15th in the table. Clarkson told Blackpool Gazette after the game: "My lads dug in and gave it their all, and I think the goal was against the run of play. We had the play on the counter-attack but Bootle are definitely a top-six side and as long as we finish with four teams below us, this season we will have done our job."

Gate are back in action on Saturday when we host Barnton, kick off 3pm.

Gate: Fletcher, Colquhoun, Higham, O'Mahoney, Carroll, Pett, Ing, Hall, Moxon, Williams, Buchan. Subs: Moorhead, Thornber, Charnley.

Report by Andy Moore

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Jordan O'Mahoney

Player of the Match

Jordan O'Mahoney

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jordan O'Mahoney is awarded player of the match for Squires Gate FC
73:00 Yellow Card
Mike Hall is yellow carded for Squires Gate FC
72:00 Sub On
Ryan Charnley is substituted on for Squires Gate FC
69:00 Yellow Card
Dean Ing is yellow carded for Squires Gate FC
69:00 Sub On
Mark Thornber is substituted on for Squires Gate FC
52:00 Yellow Card
Mark Buchan is yellow carded for Squires Gate FC
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  • Bootle FC
  • Squires Gate FC
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  • Mark Buchan Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Dean Ing Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Mark Thornber Sub On 69:00'
  • Ryan Charnley Sub On 72:00'
  • Mike Hall Yellow Card 73:00'

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