Report: Bolton Wanderers U23s 5-2 Crewe Alexandra U23s

Connor Hall's second hat-trick of the campaign helped Bolton Wanderers Under-23s to a comprehensive victory against Crewe Alexandra at Macron Stadium on Monday evening, making it five wins on the spin for the Whites.

Hall, who earlier in the month netted three times in the 6-1 rout of Hull City, grabbed Wanderers opening three goals before further strikes from Dorian Dervite and Cole Lonsdale put the finishing touches on a great win for David Lee’s men.

But Wanderers had to come from behind after Ollie Finney put the visitors in front after four minutes.

Lewis Reilly nearly doubled his team’s lead after being put in by a smart ball from Charlie Kirk.

However, Hall netted his first shortly afterwards when he got a touch to a flick-on off Jem Karacan from a Jeff King corner.

Adam Le Fondre - who completed the full 90 - seemed hungry to get on the scoresheet and was just off target after getting his head on a beautiful whipped in Harry Brockbank cross.

Wanderers’ attacking efforts were rewarded when Hall notched his second on 36 minutes after powering in a header past Ben Garratt.

Minutes later, Garratt denied Hall his hat-trick from point blank range.

The young Wanderers striker got himself on the scoresheet just before the hour mark when he converted from the spot, sending Garratt the wrong way, after Dennis Politic was pole-axed in the box.

Le Fondre went close again as Wanderers pressed for another goal but Alex pulled a goal back to give themselves hope when Kirk rounded Howard to find the back of the net.

Hall could have had a fourth when he charged into the box only to find the body of the advancing Garrett.

But Wanderers put the result beyond any doubt when Dervite headed home from King’s cross with 11 minutes remaining.

And the gloss was well and truly put on the evening when Lonsdale unleashed a stunning 25-yard half-volley that sailed beyond Garratt to make it five.

Bolton: Howard, Brockbank, Muscatt, Edwards, Dervite, Karacan, Politic, King, Hall, Le Fondre, Lonsdale

Subs: Perry, Aspinall, Mitchell, White, Morris

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