We knew as we made the way over to Fallowfield that this was going to be another big test – as we were visiting Govan & Uni of Manchester this afternoon – and unbeaten at home, they’d be confident. But so were we as we remembered that trouncing we gave league-leaders Uppermill when they hadn’t lost either – so hopes were high…

There were many faces missing from this squad here today and with some very late-comers, it meant that there was a very unfamiliar look to the starting 11. Pomf was in net with a back-three of Ben, Houghie and Liam Hulme. The five across our middle were to be Charlie, Matty Hill, Shorty, Ax and Robbie Smith and with Dylan and Sam up top, we were good to go. Asumani, Kab and Callum Short were on the bench and as the coaches prepped their troops for battle, the travelling County fans settled in…

It was the hosts that opened much the brighter as we tried to adapt with so many new faces – and it took a couple of good saves from Pomf to keep the scores level. We did get a hood chance to take the lead though when Charlie fired a great cross into the box that Ax just couldn’t stretch to and as the game wore on, it seemed as though the home team could still notch it up a couple of gears…

Govan continued to press and had the majority of the possession – and finally it paid off as a good ball to the back-post found their winger unmarked – but Pomf made a superb point-blank save to keep out – only to see the ball fall to their striker who tapped it home from close range. Unfortunate for Pomf but with the score now at 0-1, we had work to do…

To our credit we kept going at them and we nearly hit back when a quality ball over their defence from Dylan found Charlie – who controlled it superbly – but then missed the target from about 8 yards out. We were not out of this yet though…

Half-time: Govan & Uni of Manchester 1-0 BOLTON COUNTY

The bosses tried to raise the spirits of their players by reminding them that if we could speed things up and start getting the ball into better areas, this was still all to play for. We were only a goal behind so if we were to score the next one, this could get interesting. Kab and Asumani came on to replace Matty and Charlie and before we knew it, we were back out there ready to go again…

We started the second period well – putting a few good passes together – but the long-range shots we were firing in were not troubling the home keeper at all. And then came a killer blow. They managed to surge down our left and as the ball was swung in, it was met by their unmarked midfielder and from about 7 yards out, he slotted home by firing it low and hard to Pomf’s left. 0-2 and now this needed some proper hard graft…

Pomf was forced into producing several excellent saves to keep the scores down – but he was beaten for the third and final time about six minutes from the end as the Govan side worked it well again and this they spread it from left to right and back again, the next thing we knew was that Pomf was picking it out of his net – again. That was that. 0-3 and a much changed County side had been beaten by a very good team…

Onto next week – and they don’t get any easier. We travel over to Dukinfield Town knowing that it will be another physical battle – so we will have to improve on this one if we want better over there. The lads know that – and will be determined to put things right over there…

A big thanks to the County fans that made the trip over to cheer us on this afternoon and we hope to see you again in seven days’ time…

#UpTheCounty!