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2011/12 Season Review Part Two

Posted on August 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The year 2012 started with a 2-2 draw at home to Eccleshall on January 21st. The weather ensured that no further games were played until Ashton Town visited Alder House on February 25th. The 2-3 home defeat allowed Colls to lose ground on the promotion pack, but a 2-1 win at home to Formby the following week gave them hope. Defeat at Abbey Hey the following Tuesday was a crushing blow. Undaunted, Colls went on a run of three straight victories at home to Leek CSOB, Cheadle Town and Irlam (2-1, 4-1 and 2-1).


The Bolton Hospital Cup began with a victory at home to Little Lever on 20th March. Colls' promotion challenge suffered a further setback the following Saturday with a 3-0 home defeat to Rochdale Town. A 5-0 thrashing of Nelson on the Monday night kept hopes alive, but a 3-2 defeat at Irlam all but ended talk of promotion going into April.


The final month of the season saw Colls facing 8 league gamesalong with their Bolton Hospital Cup campaign. The month started well with a 2-1 home victory against Abbey Hey. A 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Norton United proved that Colls had the makings of a promotion team. A repeat of the Boxing Day result saw Colls draw 1-1 at home to Daisy Hill on Easter Monday. A further 1-1 draw at AFC Darwen saw the promotion challenge end.


The Bolton Hospital Cup continued with a 4-1 home victory against Atherton Town in the quarter finals. This was Colls' last action at Alder House, with all remaining fixtures either away from home or on neutral ground. Colls failed to win any of their remaining league games, losing a game they should have won at Norton United 3-2 thanks to a last gasp winner from the Staffordhire club. Another long-distance trip followed on the Saturday to Holker Old Boys. Again, Colls should not have lost, but found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. Back down to Staffordshire on the Tuesday for a scoreless draw on the night of Chelsea's Champions' League semi final. The final league game on Saturday, 28th April was a trip to Chadderton. The result was a 3-0 defeat better not discussed.


Crilly Park was the venue for Colls' Bolton Hospital Cup semi final and saw Colls win by two goals to one against Castle Hill to book a place at the Reebok. Having defeated Atherton Laburnum Rovers in their semi final at Alder House, Eagley were Colls' opponents at the home of Bolton Wanderers on May 8th. A Gary Burnett brace put the men in black and white in the box seat, but a late comeback from Eagley took the game to a penalty shoot-out. Gary Burnett, Joe Evans, Andy Walker and Mike Mulrooney all scored their penalties for Colls. Eagley only converted one of their kicks, with the fifth set of kicks being unnecessary. The 4-1 shoot-out victory saw Colls lift the Bolton Hospital Cup for the first time in a quarter of a century.


Here's hoping for more success in 2012-13.


COME ON COLLS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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