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🗞️ Preview: Cambridge United vs. Bolton Wanderers

27 August 2021

Wanderers head to the Abbey Stadium tomorrow afternoon to take on Cambridge United, with Ian Evatt’s side looking to continue their fine start to the 2021/22 campaign with a third league victory in a row.

The team were of course in action during the week, going out of the Carabao Cup on penalties after a goalless draw in a feisty encounter with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Cambridge have had a decent start to their first season in the third tier of English football since 2001/02, with Mark Bonner’s side recently beating Burton Albion 3-0 at the Abbey Stadium. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Brewers had won every league game up to that point.

United too were in Carabao Cup action during the week, going down 3-1 to Sky Bet Championship side Millwall at the Den. George Williams gave the visitors the lead, but a Murray Wallace brace and a goal from Matt Smith secured victory for the Londoners.

 

Pre-match quotes: From the bosses

Ian Evatt: “They’ve had a good start to the season. They’re a well-organised and well-coached team. It’s always a difficult place to go, and with Wes Hoolahan they have a bit of quality – someone I know well having played with him for a few years at Blackpool. He’s a very talented player and someone we’ll have to keep our eye on. But, as in most cases we’ll go and try to win the game, do our own thing, play our own way, and hopefully, that’ll be enough.”

Mark Bonner: “Ian Evatt has done a good job. They have got a real identity about how they play, it is obvious they want to go out and attack games. We saw that in the early games with the two 3-3 draws. Since then, they have had a couple of good results against strong sides. We will have to be the best version of ourselves with and without the ball to be competitive in the game.”

 

Team News:

In his pre-match press conference, manager Ian Evatt has confirmed that MJ Williams and Lloyd Isgrove will return to contention having missed Tuesday’s trip to Wigan Athletic with slight injuries.

Amadou Bakayoko has been ruled out for approximately six weeks, whilst defender Will Aimson is back in full training and close to contention for selection. Still waiting to make his Wanderers debut, the former Plymouth man will likely come into the manager’s consideration for Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy fixture against Port Vale.

 

Tickets and Travel

Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow afternoon, ahead of our Sky Bet League One clash with Cambridge United.

Tickets will be sold from the Ticket Office on Newmarket Road. Both seated & terrace tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

Supporters will be able to pay via debit/credit card and cash.

 

 

Seated Ticket Prices

Adults - £24.00 

Over 64s - £19.00 

Student - £19.00 

Under 24s - £19.00 

Under 18s - £12.00 

Under 12s - £7.00 

Terrace Ticket Prices

Adults - £20.00 

Over 64s - £16.00 

Student - £16.00 

Under 24s - £16.00 

Under 18s - £10.00 

Under 12s - £7.00 

 

Last Time Out

Wanderers came from behind to earn a draw at one of League Two’s early pace-setters Cambridge United. With Ian Evatt’s side still looking to get into their groove after a slow start to the season, they dominated much of the proceeding at the Abbey Stadium but fell behind following an error from Billy Crellin.

The equaliser came with eight minutes to go, when Antoni Sarcevic fired a low shot past Dimi Mitov, capping a precise passing move.

 

Cambridge United 1-1 Bolton Wanderers | Saturday 24 October 2020

Line-Up: Crellin, Kioso, Baptiste, Almeida Santos, Delaney, Brockbank (Gordon 72), Tutte, Sarcevic, Crawford, Delfouneso, Doyle (Gnahoua 50).

Unused Subs: Greenidge, Taft, Hickman, Mascoll, Darcy.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Tom Nield

Assistants: Matthew Smith and James Vallance

Fourth Official: Ryan Whitaker

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Match Reports

Report: Cambridge United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

28 August 2021

A first half Shilow Tracey goal saw Wanderers fall to a narrow defeat at the hands of fellow newly-promoted side, Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

Cambridge started the game on the front foot and Joel Dixon had to be alert enough to pedal backward towards his goal to push George Williams’ over hit cross from the right-hand side over the bar just over a minute into the game.

Just a couple of minutes later, Antoni Sarcevic was in the right place at the right time to clear the ball off the line after Paul Digby had connected with James Brophy’s corner to divert the ball towards the far corner of the goal.

The first Bolton opportunity came via Dapo Afolayan just before the ten-minute mark. Surging down the left and into the box, he sat United defender Lloyd Jones on his backside before lashing a shot narrowly over the bar from a relatively tight angle.

The game sprung into life, and after Shilow Tracey saw a shot fizz over the bar after running down the right with menace at Declan John, United had a goal ruled out for offside moments after Joe Ironside had latched onto Brophy’s cross to turn the ball home.

The home side’s frustration wasn’t long-lived though as Tracey did find the net just seconds later. Picked out with a low centre from the right, he was afforded too much time and space to slot a first-time shot into the bottom corner, leaving Dixon with no chance.

Wanderers never really got going in the first half despite having a lot of the ball, and matters could have got worse had Ironside latched onto Williams’ dangerous low cross into the box on the half-hour mark.

Always a threat inside the penalty area, Eoin Doyle almost found himself with a tap in as the first half came closer to an end, but Dimitar Mitov just got to the ball ahead of him after Lloyd Isgrove had headed John’s cross down and into a dangerous area inside the six-yard box.

Wanderers started the second half quite well and were denied by the woodwork with Josh Sheehan seeing an effort come back off the post after latching onto John’s cross from the left-hand side following some good play from Afolayan.

MJ Williams was the next to try his luck with a shot at goal, but after finding himself in possession of the ball in a pocket of space inside the box, his curling effort just didn’t quite curl enough and went a yard or so wide of the target.

Just before the hour mark, Afolayan was presented with a great opportunity to level things up after latching onto Sheehan’s raking pass into the box, but his low shot was kept out by the legs of Mitov to keep the home side ahead.

Sheehan then took matters into his own hands moments later but saw a shot from distance go wide of the target. Wanderers going in search of an equaliser allowed Cambridge to attack with limited possession of the ball, and Wes Hoolahan received a pass from Tracey before seeing his deflected shot held onto by Dixon.

George Williams headed the ball wide of the target for Cambridge from Brophy’s corner before Liam O’Neil saw a shot from distance held by Dixon after substitute Alex Baptiste had only headed Brophy’s cross half-clear into the midfielder’s path.

Elias Kachunga had come off the bench as a substitute with 25 minutes to go, and his dangerous low cross was just the right kind of delivery that was required, but the final touch was missing to at the very least force Mitov into action.

Kachunga was a problem for Cambridge in the latter stages of the game with a bright cameo, and after being fouled just outside the box, Sheehan’s delivery was cleared out as far as Afolayan who dragged a volley wide of the mark.

It wasn’t to be for Wanderers who fell to their first league defeat of the season at the hands of a hardworking Cambridge side. Despite Ian Evatt’s men monopolising possession, they just lacked the cutting edge required in the final third to be able to punish the home side.

 

Cambridge United: Mitov, Williams, Jones, Masterson, Iredale, Tracey (Knibbs 78), Digby, O’Neil, Brophy (Dunk 90+1), Hoolahan, Ironside (Smith 70).

Unused Subs: Mannion, Lankester, May, Weir.

Goals: Tracey (16)

 

Bolton Wanderers: Dixon, Jones (Kachunga 65), Almeida Santos, Johnston (Baptiste 75), John, Williams (Delfouneso 81), Sheehan, Sarcevic, Isgrove, Afolayan, Doyle.

Unused Subs: Gilks, Gordon, Tutte, Thomason.

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Ticket News

Pay on the day available for Cambridge United away clash

27 August 2021

Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow afternoon, ahead of our Sky Bet League One clash with Cambridge United.

Tickets will be sold from the Ticket Office on Newmarket Road. Both seated & terrace tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

Supporters will be able to pay via debit/credit card and cash.

All ticket prices increase by £2.00 on the day of the fixture.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines, for collection from Bolton Central, until 4pm today. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Seated Ticket Prices

Adults - £22.00 (£24.00 on the day)

Over 64s - £17.00 (£19.00 on the day)

Student - £17.00 (£19.00 on the day)

Under 24s - £17.00 (£19.00 on the day)

Under 18s - £10.00 (£12.00 on the day)

Under 12s - £5.00 (£7.00 on the day)

Terrace Ticket Prices

Adults - £18.00 (£20.00 on the day)

Over 64s - £14.00 (£16.00 on the day)

Student - £14.00 (£16.00 on the day)

Under 24s - £14.00 (£16.00 on the day)

Under 18s - £8.00 (£10.00 on the day)

Under 12s - £5.00 (£7.00 on the day)

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