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🗞️ Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Cheltenham Town

26 November 2021

A depleted Bolton Wanderers take on Cheltenham Town at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Ian Evatt may have a limited number of players to choose from this weekend, but his team go in search of a third consecutive home victory following Tuesday evening’s success against Doncaster Rovers.

Tuesday’s victory turned out to be a pretty comprehensive one for Wanderers, with goals from Eoin Doyle, Elias Kachunga, and George Thomason securing the three points.

The win will have helped boost confidence in a. united camp, but the team comes up against a Cheltenham Town side who are 10th in the table and have lost just once in their last ten matches in all competitions.

A goal in each half from Sean Long and Alfie May proved enough to register their latest victory at Gillingham on Tuesday evening.


Pre-match quotes: From the bosses


Ian Evatt: “They are very effective, they know how to play the system really well and they’re well-coached. Duffer (Michael Duff) has got them really well organised and he’s doing a fantastic job given what he’s got to work with.

“It’s going to be tough – they’re full of confidence. They just had a good result away at Gillingham – a tough place to go to. So yeah, we will roll up our sleeves and go again.”


Michael Duff: "They are a good team. You look at the run they went on after Christmas. They recruited really well in January, spent a little bit of money within that, but a club that gets 20-25,000 every week, shows what a big club it is, even if there were no fans last year.

"They recognised that, went on an unbelievable run to get promoted and they've carried that on and recruited well again. They are a good team, when you look at the stats, they play really expansive football.”


Team news

As has been the case for a couple of weeks, Ian Evatt has selection problems at the moment – and things got even worse on Tuesday evening.

To add to the already lengthy list of absentees, Lloyd Isgrove limped off during Tuesday’s win against Doncaster Rovers with what turned out to be a grade three hamstring tear, and an injury that will likely keep him sidelined for 12 weeks.

Dapo Afolayan will also serve a one-match suspension on Saturday after picking up his fifth league booking of the season during the midweek victory.

The manager however reported that Alex Baptiste could come back into contention for a place in the squad after sustaining a medial ligament strain during last weekend’s defeat at Wycombe Wanderers.


Tickets and Travel

Tickets for Saturday’s fixture remain on sale and are available to Official Club members (one ticket per client reference number).

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: from £21.00

Over 65s: from £16.00

Under 23s: from £16.00

Under 18s: £10.00

Under 12s: £8.00

Tickets are available to buy online or via the phone lines by calling 01204 328 888.

We encourage supporters to make use of the ‘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.


Last time out

Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Cheltenham Town | Saturday 16 January 2021

Wanderers ended up having to settle for a draw with Eoin Doyle scoring late on after Alfie May had given Town a second-half lead.

Josh Griffiths was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers and after showing great reactions to keep out Lloyd Isgrove, he then misjudged a cross and had Charlie Raglan to thank for keeping Doyle’s resulting header off the line and sparing his blushes.

Doyle’s header was kept out by Griffiths as Wanderers continued to dominate the first half before the West Brom loanee denied George Thomason.

Town took the lead in the second half through May who scrambled the ball home from close range and Gilks did well to prevent Will Boyle from adding a second for the visitors. The equaliser came following some good work by substitute Arthur Gnahoua who pulled the ball back for Doyle to score from close range.

Wanderers were winless in five matches as a result of the draw but were just a fortnight away from embarking on a 14-match unbeaten run.


Line-Up: Gilks, Jones (Brockbank 63), Almeida Santos, Delaney, Jackson, Isgrove, Thomason (Crawford 67), Lee (Tutte 46), Elbouzedi (Gnahoua 62), Sarcevic, Doyle.

Unused subs: Mascoll, Baptiste, Delfouneso.



Match Officials

Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistant Referees: Graeme Fyvie and Matthew Parry

Fourth Official: Paul Marsden


Also...Former Wanderer Mark Patterson will be in the club shop prior to kick-off tomorrow, signing copies of his new book 'Old School – A Proper Football Education'. You can purchase the book in store and Mark will be around for signings between 1 pm and 2.30 pm!

Further details on the book can also be found HERE


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Match Reports

REPORT: Wanderers 2 Cheltenham Town 2

Wanderers twice hit back to claim a point as Amaechi announces his arrival in style

27 November 2021

Wanderers twice came from behind to stretch their unbeaten home run to five games as Xavier Amaechi and Elias Kachunga stepped out of the wings to take centre stage.

Amaechi marked a thrilling full debut with his first Wanderers’ goal to level it up a first time for Ian Evatt’s men.

And then after Alfie May had restored Cheltenham’s lead on the stroke of half-time with his second goal, Kachunga secured a richly deserved point - which could easily have been three - with a brilliantly-taken equaliser to continue his prolific run.

Wanderers then had chances to go on and win a gripping contest but few will have gone home disappointed after the Whites defied their injury concerns to maintain their momentum and unveil a potential new star in Amaechi.

As expected, Wanderers were down to a dozen senior players with Alex Baptiste fit enough to return on the bench as Amaechi was handed a first start for the club after recovering from the pre-season injury which followed his loan signing from Hamburg.

Cheltenham weren’t able to fill their full quota of substitutes but arrived on the back of successive league wins and a six-game unbeaten run and made the ideal start.

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Joel Dixon made a superb save to deny Liam Sercombe an opening goal but the Whites’ keeper will have been disappointed to allow an effort from May to go under his body shortly afterwards as the Robins took a 14th-minute lead.

Wanderers had been slow out of the blocks but Amaechi sparked a fightback with a couple of flashes of brilliance which bode well for the future before he grabbed the equalising goal.

First, he produced a mazy run and pass for Eoin Doyle to see a shot blocked before sending a skidding long-range effort inches wide.

And then with 25 minutes gone he popped up in the box to force the ball home after Kieran Lee had just failed to get a touch to a low cross from Doyle following excellent work by Lee to craft the opening.

Amaechi’s first senior goal in English football raised the temperature on a freezing afternoon, although Dixon had to be alert to preserve the status quo as he touched over an audacious long-range free-kick from Town defender Chris Hussey.

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Wanderers could also have been in front as the marauding Liam Gordon caused panic in the visitors’ defence before an excellent flighted pass from George Thomason teed up Amaechi for a chance he fired off target.

But it was deep in stoppage time that Town regained the half-time initiative when the lively May struck again, coming off the left flank to coolly locate the far corner with a composed finish.

Wanderers were back to square one but made an excellent start to the second half – having tweaked the formation as George Johnston dropped into a back three – as they looked to hit straight back.

More excellent wing play from Amaechi and another combination between Lee and Doyle saw the latter see an effort pushed round the post by Scott Flinders.

And from the corner that followed Ricardo Santos had the ball in the net but was denied his first Bolton goal by the assistant referee’s flag.

Another flowing move ended with a Declan John cross which Doyle flicked goalwards for Flinders to make another save before Wanderers did make it a 2-2 with a goal of the highest order.

Thomason’s fine pass again found John, enjoying his more advanced position, who slipped the ball to Kachunga.

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The in-form forward could have crossed but instead jinked onto his right foot and hammered an unstoppable shot across Flinders into the far corner to claim his fourth goal in six games.

It was all Wanderers as Amaechi then curled an effort just over the top, although the Robins rallied to force a couple of corners which would have brought a goal for Kyle Joseph but for a superb goalline clearance from the excellent Will Aimson.

Neither side was settling for a point, though, and another superb run from Kachunga created a chance for Doyle he fired at Flinders as the impressive Whites couldn’t quite force a third successive home league win, Baptiste firing over in stoppage time as he almost became an unlikely hero.

Wanderers: Dixon; Gordon (Baptiste 84), Almeida Santos, Aimson, John; Johnston; Amaechi (Delfouneso 70), Lee, Thomason, Kachunga; Doyle. Substitutes: Gilks, Baptiste, Tweedley, Conway, Henry, Pettifer.

Booked: Thomason

Cheltenham Town: Flinders; Horton, Long, Pollock, Hussey; Sercombe, Chapman; Joseph, Crowley (Williams 89), May (Norton 84); Vassell (Wright 62). Substitutes: Evans, Barkers, Armitage.

Booked: Crowley.

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 13,145 (Cheltenham 370)

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Ticket News

Ticket Info For Cheltenham At Home

Secure your seat as Wanderers chase a third successive home League win

25 November 2021

Tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One home fixture against Cheltenham Town remain on sale.

The Wanderers take on Cheltenham Town this coming Saturday 27th November at 3pm.

Tickets are available to Official Club Members (one ticket per client reference number*).

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: from £21.00

Over 65s: from £16.00

Under 23s: from £16.00

Under 18s: £10.00

Under 12s: £8.00

More information on the Official Club Membership* scheme can be found HERE

Tickets are available to buy online HERE or via the phone lines by calling 01204 328 888.

We encourage supporters to make use of the ‘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.

COVID Protocols

We want to reassure everybody that your safety and well-being and that of our colleagues is of paramount importance.

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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