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News: NWPFL festival day a great success
The North West Powerchair Football League held a festival day on 15th July 2012 in partnership with Manchester FA.
The day consisted of a cup competition on one court which four teams entered, two from Bolton Bullets and 2 from Sale United. On the other court new players were given a chance to take part in training sessions, also there were workshops for new coaches and referees to improve their skills. Also Yorkshire PFC came over to take part in a mini tournament at the 6.4 k/mph speed.
The cup competition began in exciting fashion as a cup draw was done to determine who would play who in the semi-finals. This concluded that Bolton Bombers would play Sale Academics in the first semi-final and Bolton Rockets would play Sale Engineers in the second semi-final.
The first semi-final began with the Bombers having some early chances but were being held by a strong Academics defensive rear-guard action, the game became more open but it stayed at 0-0 until virtually the last kick of the game when Sale Academics nicked it 1-0 to book their place in the final.
In the second semi-final the Rockets scored an early goal, which was later cancelled-out before half-time as the Engineers equalised so 1-1 at half-time and it remained 1-1 until the end of the game. So straight to penalties it went and both teams first penalties were missed but the Rockets took it 2-0 in the shoot-out to get through to the final against Sale Academics.
After this Bolton Bombers played Sale Engineers in the third place play-off and the Bombers hit form and romped to a 5-0 victory.
So the final began and the first-half was open with both Bolton Rockets and Sale Academics having good chances to score but It was 0-0 at half-time. But after the break Bolton Rockets had a good spell of attack but were unable to capitalise and then the Academics had chances to score at the end but 0-0 it finished, so it went to penalties. It was a nail-biting shoot-out as the Rockets scored the first penalty and Sale scored their first penalty after it was retaken as the keeper had moved to early. Bolton Rockets went on to win the shoot-out 3-2 and win the cup.
All the players there at the festival were appreciative as they all received medals at the end of the day and some of them had not played Powerchair Football before the festival.
The day was a success as it promoted Powerchair Football in the north west region and the league gained a new team for the coming season as Yorkshire PFC will be entering for the 2012/13 season.
Report written by Jamie Clayton
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