Bolton Sports Federation
Over 35 Veterans' Football League

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With a considerable number of outstanding fixtures, the Bolton Sports Federation Over 35s Football League scheduled around a dozen for Easter Sunday and the teams were initially happy, but as the day neared, one by one they asked for them to be moved to another date until eventually they were all moved and the number of mid-week games gradually grew.


On Wednesday last week, Horwich St Mary's moved a step neared the Division Two title with a comfortable away win over AFC Dobbies B. Stuart Leake scored a solitary goal for Dobbies, but a Michael Cowburn hat-trick and goals by Sammy Cardwell and Stephen McDonald moved Horwich just a point behind leaders Bolton Lads & Girls Club with a game in hand.


Free-scoring Heaton Casuals looked like favourites for the Division Four title, if only on goal difference, but they crashed to a 2-1 defeat away to Unity Brook on Wednesday and are now just three points ahead of Ainsworth who have two games in hand. Although Chris Sutcliffe scored for Heaton, Matt Ward and Mark Berry for Unity Brook dented Heatonís hopes.


Radcliffe Vets A completed their Division One campaign on Thursday when they lost 3-2 to local rivals Radcliffe Old Boys A who have three matches remaining and could rise above the Vets and current leaders Rochdale Sports Club. Jon Robinson and Stuart Teller scored the Radcliffe Vets goals, but an Abid Uddin strike and a Dave Heaney double saw the Old Boys to victory.


The outcome of Division One, however, is far from settled as Salford Victoria, with four outstanding games, and Barhill Vets with five, could take the title. Wednesday 8th May will be the crucial day when the pair meet and play for double points.


There will be five rearranged league games on Tuesday this week and two on Thursday then seven more on Sunday, plus the Division Four Cup final at 11am between Atherton Town and Heaton Casuals. That game will be followed at 2pm by the Division Two Cup final when Old Bolts face Horwich St Mary's who will then meet Salford Victoria in the Sam Ashworth Trophy Final at 6.45pm Wednesday 1st May.

Results for Wednesday 17 April & Thursday 18 April 2019


Rearranged league games

Division 1

Radcliffe Vets A 2 Radcliffe Old Boys A 3
Division 2

AFC Dobbies B 1 Horwich St Mary's 5
Division 4

Unity Brook 2 Heaton Casuals 1