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🗞️ Preview: Lincoln City vs. Bolton Wanderers

17 August 2021

Wanderers are back on the road with a trip to the LNER Stadium to take on Lincoln City, and in search of their first Sky Bet League One victory of the season.

Despite plenty of positives from Saturday’s draw at AFC Wimbledon, Ian Evatt and his team will have been hugely frustrated not to come away from Plough Lane with all three points having led 3-1 going into the final quarter of an hour of the contest. Although the draw, along with progress in the Carabao Cup last week means an unbeaten start to 2021/22

Lincoln have had a positive start to their own campaign with four points from the first two outings. Drawing on the opening day of the season at Gillingham, Michael Appleton’s side came from behind to beat Fleetwood Town last weekend.


Pre-match quotes: From the bosses

Ian Evatt: “I think they’re a really good team with a very, very good manager. He’s someone that I respect a lot in the game. It’s going to be a challenging game and a good benchmark for us. They got to the play-off final last season, and I see a lot of similarities between the two teams, with what we try to do, and the way we try to play. It’ll be a good game.”

Michael Appleton: “It’s a satisfying start to the season for us. To pick a point up at Gillingham is never easy and backing it up with a win at home is really pleasing. Bolton have a lot of momentum from last season’s success. They went on an incredible run and are a huge club. There’s a feel-good factor there and I’m sure Ian (Evatt) will be pleased with their goal tally.”


Team News:

Declan John will be assessed ahead of Tuesday evening’s fixture against Lincoln, with the Welsh full-back nursing a slight hip injury sustained during a collision in Saturday’s draw at AFC Wimbledon. Should this evening's game come too soon for him, Liam Gordon could slot in at left-back. 

George Johnston could return to the starting eleven in place of either Ricardo Almeida Santos or Alex Baptiste. The central defender missed out on the starting eleven at AFC Wimbledon but impressive displays so far in a Bolton shirt could mean Ian Evatt recalls him into the team.

Former Wanderer Liam Bridcutt is likely to start for Lincoln City on Tuesday evening, with Michael Appleton having named the same starting eleven in both of their Sky Bet League One fixtures so far this term.


Tickets and Travel

Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets at the LNER Stadium this evening, ahead of our Sky Bet League One clash with Lincoln City.

Tickets will be sold from the Visitors Ticket Office, which is located close to the club store.

Ticket prices will remain the same on the night.

Ticket Prices

Adults: £24.00

Over 65s: £19.00

Under 22s: £19.00

Under 18s: £10.00

Ticket Office number: 01204 328 888


Last Time Out

It was an evening to forget for Wanderers at Sincil Bank with a defeat that left Keith Hill’s side 17 points from safety. Harry Anderson gave the Imps an early lead, but Ronan Darcy’s terrific strike brought the two teams level just after the break.

Tyler Walker restored City’s lead just after the hour mark and three goals in the final five minutes condemned Wanderers to a heavy defeat. Josh Emmanuel scored an own-goal before substitute John Akinde scored a brace.

Lincoln City 5-1 Bolton Wanderers | Tuesday 14 January 2020

Line-Up: Matthews, Emmanuel, Zouma (O’Grady 46), Nsiala, Edwards, L. Murphy, Hamilton, Darcy (Brockbank 82), Dodoo, Politic (Faal 90), D. Murphy

Unused Subs: Alexander, Senior, Graham, Hall.  


Match Officials:

Referee: Samuel Barrott

Assistants: Joe Clark and Bradley Hall

Fourth Official: Lee Freeman



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Match Reports

Report: Lincoln City 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

17 August 2021

Antoni Sarcevic’s second half strike saw Bolton Wanderers pick up their first victory of their Sky Bet League One campaign as they beat last season’s play-off finalists 1-0 at the LNER Stadium.

After an even first-half, Wanderers showed their class in the second half to pick up a deserved three points thanks to their captain’s first goal of the season.
Ian Evatt made two changes from the side that drew 3-3 for their second successive league game at the weekend.
Declan John and Alex Baptiste made way for Liam Gordon and George Johnston, who came into the starting XI for the Sky Bet League One clash at the LNER Stadium.
Joel Dixon made the game's first save with just four minutes gone when he turned away Conor McGrandles’ volley, which appeared destined for the top right-hand corner.
Eoin Doyle’s cross from the right-hand side was cleared at the expense of a corner as Wanderers responded with a positive move up the field.
Regan Poole fired over the bar at the other end after the hosts enjoyed a brief spell of possession.
Josh Sheehan’s corner was put back into the box by Bakayoko and Ricardo Almeida Santos’ touch took the ball out for a goal-kick.
Dixon pulled off a close-range save from Adelakun after his initial effort was blocked.
Doyle stabbed an effort wide after being put under pressure by Adam Jackson just outside the penalty box. The first half was quite even and chances were pretty limited.
Wanderers lost the services of Amadou Bakayoko with six minutes of the half remaining with the big attacker limping off with an apparent leg injury. Lloyd Isgrove came on in his place.
Almeida Santos pinged a perfect 50-yard pass from deep inside his own half to find Sarcevic who had charged into the Lincoln area, but the Wanderers skipper was unable to control the ball and it went out for a goal kick.
Shortly after the restart Wanderers were awarded a free kick on the edge of the left-hand side of the box when Afolayan was brought down. Sheehan’s powerful kick was charged down by the wall.
The hosts enjoyed another good chance when Lasse Sorensen picked out Anthony Scully on the edge of the box but the forward blasted a curling effort over Dixon’s bar.
The hosts survived a goalmouth scramble with an effort cleared off the line before a loose ball coming off the crossbar.
Afolayan then saw a 30-yard shot head towards goal only for Griffiths to gather the effort.
The game was opening up for both sides and Poole’s low cross from the right-hand side was superbly blocked by a sliding Gethin Jones challenge.
Dixon got down well to block Hakeeb Adelakun’s whipped-in cross as Lincoln made a rare second-half attack.
Wanderers made their second change of the evening when Elias Kachunga came on for Doyle with just over twenty minutes of the game remaining.
Sorensen got on the end of Adelakun’s lay-off but his effort lacked the power to trouble Dixon.
The hosts were picking up the pace and causing more issues for Wanderers.
Tayo Edun teed up Scully but the striker fired his strike wide of Dixon’s left-hand post.
Wanderers silenced the home crowd on 77 minutes when Sarcevic fired into the back of the net after the hosts failed to clear some intense pressure.
Griffiths’ clearance wasn’t sufficiently cleared and with the defence not set, Wanderers worked open the opportunity which saw Kachunga tee up Sarcevic for a close-range finish. 
After Isgrove intercepted the ball he laid off for Afolayan shortly afterwards, and his well-hit shot went narrowly wide of the post.
Evatt made his final change with just under ten minutes remaining when Kieran Lee came on for Sarcevic.
The visitors were looking to extend their lead and Sheehan found himself in some space after being put in by Lee but the Welshman skewed his shot wide of goal.
Cohen Bramall’s injury-time free-kick took a deflection but Dixon got down well to smother the ball.
Wanderers saw out the game and were ultimately rewarded with a deserved win.
Lincoln City: Griffiths, Poole, Jackson, Melbourne, Edun, McGrandles (Fiorini 86), Bridcutt, Sorensen (N'Lundulu 81), Adelakun, Scully (Bramall 75), Hopper.
Subs Not Used: Long, Montsma, Jones, Howarth.
Bolton Wanderers: Dixon, Jones, Almeida Santos, Johnston, Gordon, Williams, Sheehan, Afolayan, Sarcevic, Bakayoko, Doyle,
Subs Not Used: Gilks, Baptiste, Brockbank, Thomason. 
Goal: Sarcevic (77)

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Ticket News

Turnstiles To Open Earlier For All Home Fixtures, Starting This Saturday.

20 August 2021

Turnstiles for Saturday's Sky Bet League One game against Oxford United will open from 1:30pm with all future fixtures allowing fans to enter the University of Bolton Stadium 90 minutes before kick off.

Kiosks at the stadium will also open earlier, allowing fans to purchase refreshments when they arrive.

Tickets are still on sale for this fixture as Wanderers look to continue their unbeaten start to their campaign when they entertain United at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Make sure you head down to BL6 and support Ian Evatt's men!

This fixture will be priced at category B in the club’s new match day pricing structure and are the following:

Adults from: £23

Over 65s/Under 23s from : £18

Under 18: £13

Under 12: £8

Supporters can book their tickets online or via the phone lines by calling 01204 328 888.

Please note: the turnstiles will open from 1:30pm for this fixture.


All future games at the University of Bolton Stadium will see turnstiles open 90 minutes before kick off.

We encourage all supporters to use our ‘Print at Home’ and Digital ticket options on the club’s official e-ticketing site.

Supporters who require wheelchair access or disability seating will need to contact the Ticket Office directly to book their tickets. Disability access tickets are currently not available online.

For more information on the club’s match ticket pricing structure for the 2021/22 season, please click here.

COVID Protocols

The club wants to reassure everybody that your safety and well-being and that of our colleagues is of paramount importance at the University of Bolton Stadium.

We, therefore, encourage supporters attending this fixture to take a lateral flow test during the 24-48 hour period leading up to this game. Details on ordering a lateral flow test can be found at

If the test is positive then you should follow the guidance issued by the Government, arrange a PCR Test and self-isolate.

Please do not visit the University of Bolton Stadium if you display any of the published COVID-19 symptoms.

There will be plenty of hand sanitizers throughout the stadium and we advise you to frequently wash your hands. Also please aim to stay in your seat throughout the match and endeavour not to congregate in the concourse areas should you wish to purchase refreshments from the kiosks.

Although the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandatory we would encourage everyone to wear a mask while in the concourse or visiting the toilets.

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