U18s: Stoke 2-1 Bolton

Individual errors see Whites’ youngsters suffer late defeat

Jamie Thomas was on the scoresheet for Bolton Wanderers Under-18s as they fell to a last-minute defeat in what was an even contest away at Stoke City.

In wind-ravaged conditions the Whites created a couple of half-chances during a first half of few opportunities, with Thomas firing narrowly over from 20 yards.

An individual mistake saw Bolton fall behind against the run of play, but they fought back valiantly after the break as they began to control proceedings.

Thomas equalised with a well-taken goal, side-footing home at the near post after running onto Tyler Garratt’s cross.

However, another individual error saw Stoke score a late winner as they claimed all three points much to the disappointment of the dominant Trotters.

Speaking after the final whistle, Wanderers head coach David Lee said: “I was really pleased with the effort and the level of performances, especially within the second half.

“We dominated the play, boasting 70% possession in the second half and were unlucky to not get at least a share of the points. Unfortunately individual errors cost us and they have to be learned from.

“All in all it was a good test for us in preparations for the FA Youth Cup clash with Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday.”

Bolton:Trialist, Spooner, Wassi, Phillips, Honeyball, Nolan, Campbell-Young, Palmer, (Abbotts 75), Perry, Thomas, Garratt. 

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