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Wakefield College footballers triumph against Bolton

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Wakefield College's winning football team

Footballers from Wakefield College’s Football Development Centre (FDC) got the chance to battle it out with the international scholars’ team at Championship side Bolton Wanderers last week, and came out trumps after an enthralling game which finished 5-4 to Wakefield College.

The Bolton Wanderers scholars’ team is made up of young players from across the world who come in the hope of carving out a career in football whilst studying for a sports qualification at the same time.

The game started with open flowing football from both sides, Bolton drawing several quality saves from Wakefield keeper Bailey Neville. The Wakefield team soon settled into its stride going up 3-0 before half time thanks to two goals from Jordan Finch and one from Alex Halliwell. The Wakefield players were too physical for the Bolton defence and were able win the ball from the centre backs to score.

The second half started in much the same way as the constant physical pressure and fast moving football was too much for Bolton, and oat 50 mins Brandon Miller headed home from close range to make it 4-1, and seemingly game over. 

As the second half wore on and both teams used the large squads the game swung back towards Bolton. Through their technically-gifted players, they were able to capitalise on some defensive mistakes by the Wakefield defence.

Going into the last minute the game was tied at 4-4, but the spirit of the Wakefield side showed through, as a fast break down the right saw Wakefield score making it 5-4 as the referee blew the whistle. 

Wakefield College Athlete Development Programme (ADP) coordinator, Mark Helme, praised the character and resilience of the College team and explained the positive benefits of the trip over the Pennines. Mark said: “It was a great experience for the Wakefield College players to see an elite training ground and see what happens in professional football. It will help the players prepare for a challenging season in the top tier of English Colleges Football.”

This was the second year running the Wakefield College team had been invited to Bolton Wanderers and marks a strengthening of the relationship between the two institutions.


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DATE: 13 October, 2014

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