Young striker Bolton gets high praise from Haworth

Clitheroe striker Adam Bolton (right) in action
Clitheroe striker Adam Bolton (right) in action

Blues boss Simon Haworth lauded striker Adam Bolton after the teenager opened his account for the club on his first competitive start.

The 17-year-old Clitheroe Royal Grammar School student netted the second goal in a 2-1 win over Pickering Town in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Ollie Crankshaw, 18, was also on the scoresheet as Clitheroe progressed to first round qualifying where they’ll travel to either Trafford or Kidsgrove Athletic on September 2nd.

“Injury to Kurt Willoughby gave Adam Bolton the opportunity to come in and he scored his first senior goal,” said the former Wigan Athletic frontman. “That’s just how it works sometimes.

“He’s still only 17, we gave him his debut last season at 16, and he’s a good player with a great attitude. We’re trying to let him develop physically and he’s still in that process.

“He still needs looking after but he’s getting stronger week by week. He’ll play a lot more this season.

“He took his chance very well which will give him a lift and the confidence that he can do it at this level.

“He’s a good lad and works very hard. I’m conscious not to overdo it with him yet but we’re not afraid to give youngsters a chance and we’re made up for him. He brings an energy and enthusiasm to the team.”

Meanwhile, the Blues welcome Scarborough Athletic to Shawbridge on Saturday hoping to add to their home win against Droylsden on the opening day of the Evo-Stik First Division North campaign.

“We’ve had a tough start,” Haworth said. “They are a similar side to last year.

“They are big, strong, hard to beat and difficult to break down. I’d expect them to finish in the top three or four.

“We are playing well though and they’ll probably be worried too. We beat them twice at Shawbridge last season and our home form is good. If we can win then we’ll be starting to build. We’re in a good place.”