Vital 1st Team Regular
Playing today for Hyunda A League side Central Coast Mariners in a pre-season game against a team representing south west Sydney - they are a new team, composed of players from other teams, backed by businessmen trying to persuade the A League to expand next year. Bolt is trying to earn a pro contract for CCM in the A League. Played his first game out wide but apparently asked to play more centrally today - he's playing a central striker role. Played 75 mins and just come off. First half he was enthusiastic and showed one or two good bits of control but his first touch let him down a couple of times and he missed a couple of chances that more experienced strikers might have buried. My main criticism was his movement off the ball and his lack of putting pressure on defenders, but I don't know what instructions he was playing to. Fair play to him, he came out second half and looked a bit more the business. Still a bit naive and inexperienced at times with his positional sense, but he scored two goals before being subbed. The first was a cracker. He received the ball in a one v one with a defender and used his strength well to hold him off, get into the box a struck a sweet left foot shot low into the near post. The second was a purely opportunistic goal - defender and goalkeeper got in a tangle and the ball fell to Bolt on his own infront of goal to tap in. Encouraging performance and as he himself has said, its a one-year project to get into pro football. Good luck to him if he is good enough. The end result was 4 - 0 to CCM.