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01 May 2018 Venue Macron Stadium Attendance

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Bolton Wanderers U23
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Charlton Athletic U23
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U23s: Charlton Athletic preview

30 April 2018

Bolton Wanderers Under-23s host Charlton Athletic at Macron Stadium in their Professional Development League play-off semi-final on Tuesday night.

The young Whites finished their regular season top of the northern section and will be looking to make home advantage count in their one-legged semi-final as they welcome the southern section runners-up to BL6.

Despite losing their last two league outings, David Lee's side clinched top spot with 51 points from their 30 league outings, having won 16 games, drawn three and lost 11.

In contrast, Charlton finished on 48 points from 29 games after winning 14 games, drawing six and losing nine, and come into Tuesday night's match off the back of three straight victories.

Kicking off at 7pm at Macron Stadium, a place in the final against Crystal Palace or Nottingham Forest awaits the winners.

Admission will cost £3 for adults and £1 for concessions with season ticket holders able to attend free of charge.

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

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Match Reports

U23s: Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Charlton Athletic

1 May 2018

Bolton Wanderers Under-23s progressed to the Professional Development League Play-Off Final after beating Charlton Athletic 3-1 at Macron Stadium on Tue evening.

First half goals from Jeff King and Dennis Politic saw the young Whites take control of the tie, and although Charlton pulled one back after the break, captain Liam Edwards' late header sealed the win to set up a final clash away at Nottingham Forest.

Starting brightly in front of a vocal crowd at Macron Stadium, David Lee’s side took the lead midway through the half as Ryan White combined well with King to find himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

White was unfortunate to see his effort rebound back off the post after beating Ashley Maynard-Brewer, but King reachted to quickest to convert the rebound to put the Young Whites ahead.

Things only got better for Wanderers after Dennis Politic doubled his side's lead shortly before the interval.

Dispossessing Dan Bowry, the Romania youth international dribbled into the eighteen-yard box before unleashing a thunderous strike across goal into the top corner from a tight angle. 

With Whites goalkeeper James Aspinall relatively untested in the first half. Charlton fought back strongly after the interval as they began to create half-chances before giving themselves a lifeline midway through the half.

A low driven cross into the area saw second half substitute Reeco Hackett-Fairchild poke it past Aspinall to give the Addicks a chance in the tie.

However, any chance of a Charlton comeback was ended by Edwards as he added a third late on.

Finding himself in space at the far post, the young Whites captain latched onto a superb Cole Lonsdale cross with a fine diving header from inside the six-yard box to seal the win.

Wanderers will now play Nottingham Forest in the Professional Development League Play-Off Final.

Wanderers starting XI: Aspinall, Morris, Lonsdale, Edwards (c), Mitchell, Pritchard, Politic, Earing, Hall, King, White 

Subs: Muscatt, Jones, Navarro, Jones-Griffiths, McKenna

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