FOR the second time this season Boro’s promising U18 squad bagged seven goals to underline their goal scoring threat.
The previous Sunday they scored seven while conceding seven producing a bizarre 7 – 7 draw against Brierfield Celtic
The following Thursday they overwhelmed Burnley Tigers with a 4 – 1 win which perhaps should have been more convincing.
This was followed by the 7 – 2 demolition of Barrowford Celtic at Swinden.
Boro were on top from the outset but had to rely on a cross from left back Harper floating over the keeper to open their account.
Boro dominated in all areas pressurising the home team and added another two goals with a brace from Jordan Mirza taking them into a 3 – 0 interval lead.
There was much to admire about Boro’s play with crisp passing and movement featuring throughout.
In midfield Josh Highley and Ben Uttley worked well as a partnership providing the ammunition for Jim Crowther and Mirza to put the home side’s defence under constant pressure.
The pairing looks likely to prove a potent force at U18 level and, together with the rest of the squad, will gain from the experience of some reserve games at senior level in the West Lancashire League.
In the second period Boro lost concentration and conceded a poor goal reducing their lead to 3 -1. This stirred them back to life and goals from Mirza, completing his hat-trick, and Saul Law pushed them 5 – 1 ahead.
Another defensive error allowed the home team to get a second after an initial good parry by stand-in keeper Goggins.
Boro refocused and a goal from Crowther completed the best move of the match. Starting from defence, Jackson sent the ball wide to the left and quick passes ended with Crowther firing home from close range.
Leading 6 – 1 Crowther changed places with Goggins who quickly got on the score sheet with a shot from close range.
This was an impressive performance overall as Boro’s record has improved after losing their opener. They have drawn one and won the last two matches.
Strong individual performances from Highley, Mirza and Crowther have been important highlights in an improving team.
However, Boro need to learn that better opposition would have made more of some sloppy mistakes.