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Development Squad: Bolton Wanderers 1-3 AFC Fylde

15 November 2017

Bolton Wanderers bowed out of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup on Tuesday night after losing to AFC Fylde at Leyland.

Goals from Matt Blinkhorn (2) and Henry Jones ensured the visitors put themselves into the hat for the next round, although a clever finish from Cole Lonsdale gave the hosts hope early in the second-half.

Jeff King enjoyed the game’s first effort when his free-kick swam through a sea of bodies only to be stifled by Rhys Taylor, the Fylde goalkeeper.

Again, King’s set-piece delivery caused problems in the Fylde penalty area when Liam Edwards rose to nod the ball just wide. 

But The Coasters, who named a more experienced line-up than their counterparts,  soon settled into their stride game brightly and forced young Wanderers shot stopper James Aspinall into a couple of important saves early on.

And they took the lead through Matt Blinkhorn who converted a left-sided cross off Simon Grand with a firm header.

Lonsdale almost got his side back on terms just before the interval when he was put through by the dynamic King but his effort defelcted for a corner.

The young Wanderers started the second half impressively and seem determined to get back into the contest with some encouraging forays into the Fylde box.

Their persistence paid off when Lonsdale smartly backheeled a volley beyond Taylor after another probing attack.

But despite coming back into the game, further goals from Blinkhorn and a late finish from Jones ensured the visitors progressed into the next round of the competition.

Bolton Wanderers: Aspinall, Brockbank, Muscatt, Edwards, Mitchell, Jones-Griffiths, Politic, Perry, King, Earing, Lonsdale

Subs: Morris, Connell, Fearnley, Brown, Moulden


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