Preview: Five talking points ahead of AFC Fylde v Bolton Wanderers

As Wanderers make the short trip to Fleetwood Town in their latest pre-season outing, highlights five talking points ahead of this weekend's encounter.

1. Unbeaten run

Wanderers head into this Saturday's friendly unbeaten in pre-season so far with three wins against Chorley, Arbroath and Dundee and one draw against AFC Fylde under their belts.

This weekend's encounter meanwhile will certainly be a test of the players' mettle ahead of their Sky Bet Championship opener in two weeks' time, with Fleetwood having more than proven their worth in 2016/17.

2. Former League One promotion rivals

A team who pushed the Whites all the way in the race for promotion last term, Saturday will see Phil Parkinson's men come up against a side who narrowly missed out on joining them in English football's second tier earlier this year.

Bowing out in the play-offs against Bradford City after finishing fourth and just four points shy of the Trotters, the Cod Army undoubtedly made their mark on Sky Bet League One in 2016/17.

And the prospect of pitting their wits against Wanderers once again, albeit in a friendly, will undoubtedly be a tantilising one for the Highbury Stadium outfit.

3. Goals galore?

The last time Bolton made the short journey to Fleetwood, it was certainly a day to remember for the Whites as they put four past Uwe Rosler's side.

Adam Le Fondre was the Whites' star man that day with a brace - his first goals since returning to the club - alongside efforts from centre-half pair David Wheater and Mark Beevers.

Le Fondre has since agreed permanent terms with the Trotters too and having already gotten off the mark in pre-season whilst north of the border, the striker will no doubt be keen to add to that tally on what proved to be a happy hunting ground for him last season.

4. Pay on the day

Tickets for the game will be available to purchase directly from Town's ticket office.

Prices meanwhile are as follows:


  • Adults: £12
  • Seniors: £6
  • Under-16s: £2


  • Adults: £10
  • Seniors: £5
  • Under-16s: £1

Tickets will still be available to purchase from Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 21 July. After this time, fans will need to buy at Highbury Stadium.

5. Match Centre

We will again be trialing our new match centre via While live updates will still be provided via @OfficialBWFC, the match centre provides a different way to follow the action from our latest friendly.

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