U18s: Bristol City 1-1 Bolton

Matthew Fearnley on scoresheet as young Whites held to draw by Robins

Bolton Wanderers Under-18s were forced to settle for a share of the spoils despite a dominant performance away at Bristol City on Saturday.

In control of the match throughout, the young Whites were unlucky not to take an early lead after Danny McKenna saw his effort cannon back off the crossbar.

However, Bolton did manage to get in front midway through the first half as Under-16s forward Matthew Fearnley finished from Jordan Grant's cross.

But despite continuing to dictate play after taking the lead, a slip from Alex Honeyball saw Bristol City score against the run of play following a swift counter-attack on the hour-mark.

The Trotters pressed forward in search of a winner during the final 30 minutes, but were left frustrated by a stubborn Bristol City defence as the game ended in stalemate.

Speaking to bwfc.co.uk after the match, Under-18s head coach David Lee said: "We dominated the game from start to finish and should have won the game. 

"McKenna hit the bar and Fearnley had several chances before scoring with a cool side-foot finish. 

"Grant made several forward runs and was putting in some excellent crosses, without the luck of players getting on the end of them, before eventually Fearnley connected to get the goal. 

"The second was very similar, and we were unfortunate to concede as a slip let them score from their only chance in the game. 

"We continued to press for a winner, though luck was against us. 

"Overall it was a pleasing performance all round, and we’re happy to see Fearnley score as he continues to adapt to the step to Under-18s level."


Bolton: Turner, Grant, Lonsdale, Honeyball, Brockbank, Allen, Griffiths, (Everest 60), Palmer, (White 80), Likoy-Elumba, (Pearson 70), McKenna, Fearnley.

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