On Thursday, Holy Infant football team went to the annual Bolton School football competition. A series of superb goals and some fantastic play were on show as the lads made their presence felt, and were only held back by some “interesting” interpretations of the rules and even more “interesting” timekeeping by referees.
The boys had to wait nearly an hour for their first match while other teams in the group played twice or even three times, and were caught cold by Blackrod Church who raced into a 3-0 lead. However, some fantastic football and goals from James, Matthew and an own goal saw the comeback to 3-3 completed before the 8 minutes was up. Unfortunately, the referee played 14 minutes instead of 8, and Blackrod scored in the 13th minute! Holy Infant fought hard and pushed up to try to equalise and were unfortunately caught on the break, with the match unfairly ending 5-3.
The boys weren’t phased though, and set about putting things right, by smashing 6 goals (Bobby, Joe with 2 and a hat-trick from Matthew) past Kearsley West in a 6-0 win. A 1-0 victory via a goal from Matthew, despite a lacklustre performance against St Paul’s meant a win over Gaskell would send Holy Infant to the second round.
However, it wasn’t Holy Infant’s day, as the lads hit the bar 3 times and came close with over 20 shots in just 8 minutes, only for Gaskell to score with their only attempt of the game to knock the boys out.
It was ultimately a disappointing day, but with a lot of very good football played, there were lots of positives to take from the tournament, including the way the boys handled their disappointment and frustration with dignity and respect, representing the school with pride. Your school is very proud of you boys. Well done!