Walshaw Sports 1-0 Bolton County. Gilchrist Cup Quarter Final

Walshaw Sports 1-0 Bolton County. Gilchrist Cup Quarter Final

By Walshaw Press Room
24 February 2020
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Walshaw Sports 1-0 Bolton County


Walshaw continued their efforts to claim silverware this season with a good win over Bolton County in the quarter final of the Manchester Gilchryst Cup.
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The game was played on the all weather pitch at Ladybridge and kicked off in a high wind but surprisingly no rain.
Walshaw were good from the start, Bolton County forced on to the back foot. The first strike on goal came from Richard Woodward, cutting in from the right, his left foot shot deflected wide for a corner. The corner was headed just wide.
At this point Walshaw were playing with confidence but were not able to turn their superiority into goals.
Just to remind Walshaw that County were in the game, Bruno Silva was forced into an excellent double save in a rare foray forward, first diving to his right at the near post to push away a fierce effort then smothering the follow up, bravely diving at the feet of the County forward.
Lee Gaskell found his range with a free kick from the edge of the box, beaten away by the County keeper.
The wind was making the efforts of both sides to play constructive football, very difficult.
Walshaw won a corner on the right and debutant Sam Goodwin was on hand to poke the ball in at the far post as the keeper failed to hold on to the ball. A deserved goal. Walshaw continued to strive for a second goal and Mike Whitehead hit a wind assisted free kick from fully 40 yds, which clipped the top of the crossbar.
The weather turned really nasty and horizontal rain and hail battered down.
County came into the game briefly. A free kick from the right was headed against the outside of the post. An identical free kick a minute later was kicked off the line. Despite this, half time arrived with Walshaw full value for their lead.
The second half continued as the first half with Walshaw to the fore searching for a clinching goal. Lee Gaskell had a one on one with the County keeper, sitting him down and superbly chipping him, incredibly the ball struck the post and bounced into the keepers hands. Other half chances from Woody and Gassy were spurned but luckily it did not matter and Walshaw ran out good winners.
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