Come­back kings end year with strong win

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BOOTLE brought the cur­tain down on their 2016 with another com­pre­hen­sive win in East Lanca- shire.

While there was no dra­matic come­back like their last out­ing, it was still another three pre­cious points for Joe Do­ran’s side as they head into the New Year hot on the heels of league lead­ers Run­corn Town.

De­spite a bright start which saw Ryan Cox, Michael Car­berry and Ste Jones all go close to giv­ing the Bucks lead, they would once again have to come from be­hind.

As with their first mean­ing­ful at­tack of the game the hosts were handed a golden op­por­tu­nity to take the lead.

Re­turn­ing Bucks keeper Ryan Jones lunged at Char­lie Lloyd in­side the box, with the referee show­ing lit­tle hes­i­ta­tion in point­ing to the penalty spot.

Ja­son Hart stepped up for the Ad­mi­rals and coolly sent Jones the wrong way to put his side ahead.

How­ever, the Bucks were soon handed a golden op­por­tu­nity of their own, when Charles Collinge pushed Ryan Cox over in­side the Ad­mi­rals box in an off the ball in­ci­dent, with the referee once again show­ing lit­tle hes­i­ta­tion in point­ing to the spot.

Josh Hamil­ton stepped up for the Bucks and sent an un­stop­pable spot kick into the top cor­ner of the net.

Both sides then traded chances, with Hart see­ing his vol­ley blocked on the line by Michael Ordish.

While at the other end, Joel Powell saw his header cleared off the line by Ben Hoskin - be­fore Ste Jones rat­tled the post with a thun­der­ous left-footed ef­fort from 35-yards.

How­ever, it wasn’t long be­fore the Bucks were ahead with Cox once again win­ning a penalty for his side. The for­ward bril­liantly turned Collinge, who in re­turn hacked down the Bucks front man with the referee, for the third time in the af­ter­noon, hav­ing lit­tle hes­i­ta­tion in point­ing to the spot. Hamil­ton once again stepped up, and fired another un­stop­pable spot kick into the net.

The Bucks fin­ished the first half the brighter of the two sides, but it was the hosts who went clos­est in the open­ing stages of the sec­ond half.

Billy McKenna sent Ja­son Hart clear, but the for­ward could only fire well over.

And mo­ments later, the Ad­mi­rals were pun­ished, as the Bucks put breath­ing space be­tween the two sides.

Ryan Cox flicked Ordish’s cross into the path of Michael Car­berry, who took one touch be­fore fir­ing into the far cor­ner of the net.

Four min­utes later, and the Bucks all but sealed the three points, when Ste Jones turned in­side the Nel­son box, the for­ward then let fly with an ef­fort that took a huge de­flec­tion of Mark Sharples be­fore rolling into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

The Bucks had fur­ther chances to in­crease their lead with Cox see­ing his header cleared off the line, be­fore Daniel Lever in the Nel­son goal, de­nied both Jones and Joel Powell.

Josh Hamil­ton also went within inches of com­plet­ing his hat-trick.

The Bucks mid­fielder was re­leased by Carl Peers, be­fore coolly round­ing Lever, but his ef­fort hit the in­side of the post.

Liam De­laney

Bootle FC in ac­tion against Barnoldswick Town

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