Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Newport County

Bolton Wanderers suffered defeat at the hands of Welsh side Newport County at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Two second half goals from Tristan Abrahams gave The Exiles all three points.

Ian Evatt made one change from the side that lost to Colchester United last weekend with George Taft returning to the defence at the expense of Alex Baptiste.

Wanderers confirmed two new signings 90 minutes before kick-off with Lloyd Isgrove and Arthur Gnahoua being named among the substitutes.

The visitors had an early effort when Abrahams drifted into the box, however his shot went across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.

Some good work from Nathan Delfouneso to lose his marker over on the left saw the big striker put a lovely ball into the box but the referee below for a foul before the ball could reach Eoin Doyle.

Billy Crellin made a fantastic reaction save to keep out Scott Twine from close range after the midfielder was unchallenged.

From the resulting corner, taken by Twine, Liam Shephard hit a first time shot that rebounded off the foot of the post and into Crellin’s grateful hands.

Taft got back to make an important block to prevent Abrahams from shooting on goal after the striker was set up by a lovely ball from the right hand side.

County should have found themselves in front after 19 minutes when Brandon Cooper was left unmarked from a corner. His powerful header went high over the bar.

Wanderers broke and Jak Hickman found Crawford with a tidy pass but the Scot could only hit his volley over the bar.

From Liam Gordon’s cross, Taft met the ball with a firm header which was held onto by Nick Townsend in the County goal.

An industrious run from Doyle on the left carved open a chance for Delfouneso but the County defence held firm and cleared away the danger.

Wanderers won themselves a free kick from 25 yards out after Crawford was felled. He took the set-piece himself and forced a fantastic save from Townsend who dived to his right hand side to parry the ball away from goal.

Townsend was in action again shortly afterwards to deny Delfouneso from close range. Doyle started the move over on the left with a long pass to Gethin Jones on the opposite flank. The Welshman played a one-two with Hickman with the ball ending up in the path of the big striker who was unfortunate not to break the deadlock.

After a nervy start, Wanderers finished the half strongly.

Hickman had a good chance to break the deadlock just after the restart when Comley found him with a smart through ball. After switching to his left foot, the winger’s shot was blocked by a County defender.

Twine’s corner was headed over by Cooper after the ball was knocked into the defender by Dolan shortly afterwards. 

The deadlock was broken on 54 minutes when Abrahams pounced onto a loose ball after Crellin could only parry Joss Labadie’s thunderous drive.

Wanderers thought they had equalised two minutes later when Delfouneso prodded home from close range, but the linesman had flagged, albeit quite late, for an infringement in the build up.

Crawford whipped in a curling ball into the box, but nobody could get a touch on it and the chance went.

Abrahams made it two in an almost carbon copy manner when Crellin spilled Haynes’ effort into the path of the striker who grabbed his second.

Evatt made a triple substitution after 65 minutes with Gnahoua, Tutte, Isgrove came on for Delfouneso, Crawford and Hickman.

Tutte had a chance five minutes after coming on but his effort from 25-yards went wide of goal.

A corner from Isgrove was then met by Taft but the defender’s header went wide of goal and another chance for Wanderers went begging.

A surging run by Doyle was brought to end when Josh Sheehan cynically brought him down from 30 yards out. Gnahoua’s resulting free-kick was charged down by the County defence.

A great move on the right involving Jones and Isgrove saw the ball loop up to Gordon in the box but the defender’s deflected effort was unable to trouble Townsend who held on to the ball before it went out of play.

Wanderers were unable to find a way past their opponents and succumbed to a loss.



Wanderers: Crellin, Jones, Gordon, Comley, Almeida Santos, Taft, Crawford (Tutte 65), White, Doyle, Delfouneso (Gnahoua 65), Hickman (Isgrove 65).

Subs Not Used: Alexander, Delaney, Mascoll, Darcy.


Newport: Townsend, Cooper, Dolan, Demetriou, Shephard, Labadie (Bennett 72), Sheehan, Twine (Willmott 72), Haynes, Taylor (Amond 78), Abrahams. 

Subs Not Used: King, Baker, Collins, Janneh. 

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