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16 April 2018 Venue Leyland County Ground Attendance

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Bolton Wanderers U23
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Colchester United U23

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Match Previews

U23s: Birmingham City preview

18 April 2018

Bolton Wanderers Under-23s travel to Birmingham City on Thursday afternoon, knowing a point will be enough to secure their Professional Development League play-off place.

Kicking off at 1pm at the Blues' Wast Hills training base, the young Whites head into their penultimate game of the regular season two points clear at the top of the northern section table.

David Lee's side come into Thursday's game having beaten Colchester United 1-0 in their last outing on Monday night, while they have lost just three of their last 21 matches - winning 15 along the way.

In contrast, hosts Birmingham find themselves ninth in the table following back-to-back defeats against Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic.

There will be live updates via the club’s Twitter account @OfficialBWFC, with a match report available at www.bwfc.co.uk soon after.

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Match Reports

U23s: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Colchester United

17 April 2018

Bolton Wanderers' Under 23s returned to the summit of their league table with a 1-0 victory over their Colchester United counterparts on Monday night.

The Whites started brightly in the clash, with Jeff King being denied by the legs of Dillon Barnes before Liam Morris blasted the ball over the crossbar from just outside the penalty area.

David Lee's side didn't have to wait long to break the deadlock however and it came in bizzare circumstances as Connor Hall's hard running towards Barnes pressurised the goalkeeper into kicking a back-pass into the frame of the striker who saw the ball cross the line.

There after, Bolton were firmly on top in the clash with Luca Navarro and Hall going close in quick succession for the home side.

Dennis Politic then saw a free-kick fly narrowly wide after being hacked down on the edge of the area.

The visitors responded however, with a last-ditch challenge at the far post from Cole Lonsdale preventing them a certain equaliser on a rare foray into Bolton's box.

Come half-time however, Wanderers' lead remained.

As the second period got underway, the U's looked for a route back into the clash and saw William Wright blaze an effort high and wide with just five minutes gone.

Immediately from the resulting goalkick, Barnes was called into action for Colchester as he made a fantastic double save to deny firstly Hall and then Politic from close range.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Navarro spurned a glorious chance to double Wanderers' lead after being put through by a splendid pass from Politic, only to hit the ball over the advancing keeper.

Bolton's pressure continued and with six minutes left, Jeff King had an effort cleared off the line.

The referee blew the full time whistle however, with the Trotters having secured three priceless points.

Bolton: Aspinall, Sheckleford, Lonsdale, Hartshorne, Brockbank, Morris, Politic, Earing, Hall, Navarro, King

Subs: White, James, Henry, Hall, Stratford

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