By Luke Antipas – reporter
The UCLan men’s 4ths triumped against Bolton University 2nds in an action-packed derby match.
UCLan 4ths came out on top winning 4-1 in a feisty and well-contested match which was marred by the away side’s lack of discipline.
Bolton started the game the brighter of the two teams with winger C.J. Morris testing UCLan keeper Rob Charles-Jones’ reactions at his near post forcing him into a save.
The hosts then began to grow into the game and Liam Vickery curled the ball sumptuously round Bolton’s Spanish goalkeeper Carackos to put the home side in front and score his third goal in as many games.
UCLan were then awarded a penalty after a shove in the box on Vickery which captain Luke Rathbone stepped up and converted for his first goal of the season.
Eight minutes into the second half, Grant Cameron who was man of the match last time out, made the most of another rebounded shot from Vickery to extend the home side’s lead.
The game’s biggest talking point occurred when Bolton’s Junior Bright was sent off for descent following the referee’s decision not to award the midfielder a free kick.
Bright failed to leave the field causing the referee to almost abandon the match.
After the disgraced Bright had departed, Bolton looked better with 10 men, pulling a goal back through an Allen header.
However UCLan sealed their victory when top scorer George Kelly knocked in a fourth goal, also from the penalty spot, taking his tally to seven so far.
I spoke to Kelly and Lewis McGrath after the game who said they were delighted by the team’s result and recent form and they felt the “referee handled the incident really well.”
UCLan 4ths will look to continue their form away to Keele 2nds next week in the cup.