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Report 28/05/2018

The BSF Over 35s Football League wrapped up a difficult season on Sunday when Division Two side Tavern Vets beat Turton Vets by the odd goal in seven to lift them a point above Bolton Lads & Girls Club in the final table. John Coogan and Richard McCloughlin each scored one and Kevin Wrigley two.


Division Two champions Radcliffe Old Boys A spoilt their unbeaten record on Thursday when they lost 3-1 to Dobbies A whose outstanding game against Old Boltonians proved impossible to rearrange, but win, lose or draw, would not have altered the league positions. Radcliffe Vets are runners-up, but finished 12 points below their neighbours.


BLGC’s final game on Tuesday saw them lose to Turton Vets, but with Turton losing to Tavern on Sunday, condemned them to the bottom spot.


With cup matches complicated rearranging Division One games, there was a flurry of activity in the last week. Champions Barr Hill beat Queen Lizzy 5-2 on Tuesday and drew one apiece with runners-up Salford Victoria on Thursday, while on Monday, Salford Victoria won 5-2 away to Irlam Steel.


Three teams dropped out of the League during the season, North Walkden from Division One in November and two from Division Three (Ainsworth A and Morning Star) late in the season, thus reducing that group to six teams and just ten matches.


The reduced Division Three programme produced the closest finish with Horwich St Marys Victoria taking the title from Home Guard Failsworth on goal difference. Both teams lost just on game, but Horwich bettered Failsworth by a margin of seven goals.


Division Four was first declare the champions when Bolton Wyresdale took an unassailable lead and Radcliffe Old Boys B finished second, five points behind them.

Results for 27 May 2018 and Mid-week

League Division 1
Irlam Steel 2 Salford Victoria 5           Barr Hill 5 Queen Lizzy 2           Barr Lane 1 Salford Victoria 1

League Division 2
Dobbies A 3 Radcliffe Old Boys A 1           Bolton Lads & Girls Club 1 Turton Vets 2          Tavern Vets 4 Turton Vets 3