Football: Teen ace Brown tipped for big future
TEENAGE defender James Bolton faces a promising Football League career, according to Stafford Rangers manager Greg Clowes.
The 18-year-old former Stone schoolboy is midway through a three-month loan spell from Blue Square Premier outfit Macclesfield Town and has put in a string of fine performances.
"I'm sure James will go higher because he listens," Clowes explained. "He makes mistakes, which is natural for someone so young, but he learns from them.
"He has no bad habits and does the basics right. I'm sure there will be a bright future for the lad."
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Bolton also spent three months at Workington earlier in the season where he earned the praise of Reds boss Darren Edmondson.
"He has done well at Step Two with Workington and now at Step Three," Clowes added. "He has been an absolute revelation for this team."
Rangers will be hoping to play host to neighbours Rushall Olympic tomorrow – if the weather allows.
"We have to look to win against Rushall," the Stafford manager added. "We are part of a group of around eight clubs now looking to get into the play-offs."
Another young defender has also been quietly impressing at NANTWICH TOWN in Andy White and manager Jimmy Quinn has been able to extend his loan.
Left-back White, aged 20, was due to return to Crewe Alexandra this week to be involved in their under-21 development league squad.
But since joining the Dabbers in early December he has only been able to feature in five games as the weather plays havoc with the Evo-Stik schedule.
Now he has extended his deal at the Weaver Stadium until February 18 and will be available tomorrow when Chorley come to town.
Nantwich dropped to 13th after losing 3-2 at Fylde last weekend, but remain only five points off fifth spot and could leapfrog ninth-placed Chorley with a win.
The defeat at Fylde was the first time in six games that 20-year-old Sean Cooke had failed to find the net, with the midfielder bagging 15 goals in 29 games this term.
Chorley knocked the Dabbers out of the FA Cup in September and the two sides played out a 3-3 draw in the league in October.