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04 May 2018 Venue The City Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest U23
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Bolton Wanderers U23
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U23s: Nottingham Forest preview

3 May 2018

Bolton Wanderers Under-23s take on Nottingham Forest in the Professional Development League Play-Off Final at the City Ground on Friday night.

Goals from Jeff King, Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards saw the young Whites see of Charlton Athletic in their play-off semi-final on Tuesday to progress to the final, having finished their regular season top of the northern section.

David Lee's side clinched top spot with 51 points from their 30 league outings, having won 16 games, drawn three and lost 11 as they finished a point ahead of second-placed Nottingham Forest.

Forest reached the final after beating Crystal Palace 1-0 AET at Selhurst Park, with the Tricky Trees previously winning 13 games, drawing 11 and losing six of their regualr season outings.

Bolton lost 3-1 at Macron Stadium when the two sides clashed at Macron Stadium back in October before fighting out a 0-0 draw in the return fixture.

Kicking off at 7pm at the City Ground, admission will cost £4 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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

Report: Nottingham Forest U23s 1-2 Bolton Wanderers U23s

4 May 2018

Bolton Wanderers' Under-23s were crowned champions of the Professional Development League 2017/18 as they ran out 2-1 victors over Nottingham Forest on Friday evening.

Early signs of Bolton pressure came just five minutes in, with midfielder Jeff King stinging the gloves of Liam Bossin from distance.

This resulted in an early goal for the Whites after six minutes, as King’s incisive through ball found Stephen McKenna who calmly slotted home into the bottom corner for an early Wanderers lead.

It nearly became 2-0, as King’s free kick looped into the area, narrowly missing the head of in-rushing defender Adam Mitchell.

Forest started to come back into the tie midway through the first half, with Toby Edser and Virgil Gomis testing the goalkeeping skills of James Aspinall. The shot stopper was equal to all that Forest had to offer however.

Just before the break however and David Lee’s men doubled their lead, as Dennis Politic thundered a shot past Forest’s Bossin, leaving him rooted to the spot as the Romanian wheeled away in celebration.

The Reds certainly came into the game as the second half progressed, with Brennan Johnson firing a shot from close-range, only to be matched by goalkeeper Aspinall.

Bolton also had their chances to kill the game as it went on, with King again testing the ability of Forest’s number one Bossin with a long rang effort.

With 13 minutes to go though, the home side pulled one back through substitute Danny Preston, as he nodded the ball past Aspinall.

It led to a nervous last ten minutes, with Adam Mitchell and Liam Edwards both putting their bodies on the line with fantastic blocks late on.

Forest threw everything at the Wanderers goal, but it wasn’t enough as referee Scott Simpson blew the final whistle and Bolton were crowned champions.

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

Substitutes: Muscatt, Turner, Navarro, Jones-Griffiths, Morris

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