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22 March 2019 Venue Vicarage Road Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Watford U23
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Bolton Wanderers U23
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U23s: Watford Preview

22 March 2019

Wanderers Under-23s will take on their Watford counterparts on Friday afternoon in the Professional Development League at Vicarage Road, kick off 1pm.

Wanderers will be looking to build off of back to back victories against Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers.

The Whites currently sit on 39 points, with a victory potentially seeing the Whites jump ahead of Birmingham City to third in the North section.

The young Hornets side meanwhile are coming off the back of a 2-0 defeat against Burnley, having not taken a point from any of their last five games.

With 19 points on the board from a possible 66, Watford will also be hungry to avenge their recent form and takes three points when they welcome the Trotters.

A report of the match will be on following the final result.

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Match Reports

Report: Watford U23s 0-1 Bolton Wanderers U23s

25 March 2019

A lone goal from Joe Muscatt earned three points for Wanderers U23s, as they defeated their Watford counterparts on Friday afternoon.

In a performance described by boss David Lee as "excellent, energetic and hard working", it certainly showed with Joe Pritchard and Connor Hall creating chances early in the first half, but unable to capitalise on the early pressure.

Shouts for a penalty soon followed for the Whites, as Joe Pritchard seemed to have been fouled in the box but the referee waved play on.

The Whites were in the ascendancy, with Hall and Joe Muscatt both being denied by the Hornets goalkeeper, following excellent play from Eddie Brown who was leading the line.

Both fullbacks in skipper Harry Brockbank and Chiori Johnson were unrelenting in their runs up and down their respective sides, causing Watford severe problems but unable to break the deadlock prior to half time.

Three minutes prior to the hour mark, Bolton took the lead.

A Pritchard inch perfect free kick allowed Muscatt to get across his man to score from eight yards, a welcome present for the Whites dominance.

Further chances followed for Hall and second half substitute Tanimowo, only to be denied by excellent saves.

The Trotters continued to dominate the game, with Aspinall only called upon a couple of times, saving two long range shots.

Jordan Boon and Yoan Zouma were both steady and calm at the back , stopping any offensive threats with relative ease.

Luca Navarro on as a substitute could have made the game safe, only to hesitate with his close range shot as it was blocked.

Wanderers XI: Aspinall, Brockbank, Johnson, Zouma, Boon, Pritchard, Earing, Tipote, Hall, Brown, Muscatt

Substitutes: Tanimowo, James, Navarro, Hartshorne, Preston

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