Bucks Make It 20 In A Row
By Connor O'Neill
Ste Hoy's goal was enough to separate the two sides in front of a record-breaking attendance. Image: Nick Gerrard
Ste Hoy’s goal after seven minutes was enough to hand Bootle all three points against ground tenants City of Liverpool.
The victory, in front of a club-record 1374 people at the TDP Solicitors Stadium, not only extended Joe Doran’s side winning run to 20 games, but also moved them to the top of the table on goal difference.
After a hard-fought win over Squires Gate, the Bucks came into the game knowing nothing other than three points would keep their title hopes alive.
And they couldn’t have wished for a better start, with Hoy firing his side ahead inside the opening 10 minutes.
Ste Jones’ corner was headed clear by Jamie McDonald, before Ben Cartwright retrieved the ball on the left, the centre-back then crossed for Hoy, who produced a superb a left-footed volley into the bottom corner of the net.
The Bucks continued to dominate with Ryan Cox seeing an effort blocked on the line after good work by Connor Millington - before Hoy headed Jones’s corner over.
While at the other end, Ryan Jones in the Bootle goal remained largely untested.
The second-half, however, was a different story with Craig Robinson’s side upping their game and pilling on the pressure.
But to their credit, Bootle’s back for were nothing short of superb, with goalscorer Hoy producing a goal saving block to deny Jack Hazelhurst - before Ben Cartwright’s intervention prevented Tom Peterson from having a tap-in.
While at the other end, Jones saw an effort comfortably collected by Ben Ashcroft.
But in the dying minutes there was to be one final chance. Franny Foy’s free-kick was headed into the path of Craig Cairns by James McCarten, but the former Runcorn Town man failed to keep his shot down, firing well over from eight-yards out.