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(U23s) Report: Bolton Wanderers vs. Sheffield United

19 November 2019

Wanderers U23s earned a valiant point in a 3-3 draw against their Sheffield United counterparts in a Professional Development League clash, with a Callum King-Harmes 95th equaliser seeing the two teams share the points.

The Whites couldn’t have started much better, as a fantastically well-worked move down the centre of the pitch dissected the Blades’ defence, with Ronan Darcy firing home for the opener.

The visitors tried to respond minutes later, as Reece York tried to exploit the left flank and create a chance with a dangerous cross, but Jordan Boon got his body in the way to block the delivery.

Dennis Politic was at the forefront of most attacks for Wanderers, with a surging run inside on the 20 minute mark ended by releasing Darcy who stung the gloves of Jordan Amissah.

Shortly after, Sheffield pegged one back as Reece York beat his man in the area and fired past Matthew Alexander.

United nearly grabbed a second as play resumed, with Iliman Ndiaye combining well with Jake Young, before the latter had his close ranged shot saved well by Alexander.

The Blades began to take control, as Young managed to get in behind the Wanderer backline but curled his shot wide of the target.

After the half hour mark, at the third time of asking, Young managed to beat Alexander as he stuck the ball into the bottom left corner.

A mistake at the back for the Whites allowed Broadbent a one-on-one opportunity with Alexander that the goalkeeper did well to keep out.

Two minutes before the break, Wanderers grabbed an equaliser as George Thomason smashed the ball against the post from distance, before Eddie Brown followed up with a diving header to square things up for David Lee’s men.

Ten minutes after the restart, Sheffield took the lead through a Kieran Phillips strike that nestled underneath Alexander’s outstretched body.

Wanderers continued to press, with Politic jinking past oncoming defenders before sliding in Adam Senior who struck his shot wide.

Heading into the fifth minute of added time, it looked to be the Blades taking all three points.

However, Politic once again provided an inch-perfect ball across the box for Callum King-Harmes to volley home and earn a point for the Whites.


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