U18s Report: Bolton Wanderers 4 - 3 Salford City

A Finlay Lockett double and further goals from Mitch Henry and Kian Le Fondre gave the young Wanderers a narrow victory in a high scoring and entertaining game against Salford City at Lostock last weekend.

The visitors started the better of the two sides, picking up lots of second balls in midfield.

Wanderers responded well creating the first chance of the game. An overlapping run by Arran Pettifer found Rio McEvoy in the 18-yard box, with the goal at his mercy he wasn’t able to find the back of the net.

It was Salford who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot.

Wanderers equalised through Henry. Some good combination play down Salford’s left, saw Henry tap the ball home from two yards out.

The second half saw Salford take the lead again. A great individual goal from their striker put the young Ammies front again.

Battling Wanderers then took control of the game, scoring three quick goals. Lockett netted two with the other going to Le Fondre.

The visitors netted another right at the end of the game with Wanderers claiming the victory. 

Academy Manager Mark Litherland said: “The weather conditions were horrendous on the day with strong winds affecting the rhythm of the game.

“The players showed resilience and quality at certain times in the game. Three months ago we would have lost this game, so it was pleasing how the players reacted to adversity.

“We finished the game with three under 16s on the pitch, which made the result even better.”

Wanderers: Hutchinson, Pettifer, Conway, Colvin (C), Assarsson, Tweedley, Henry (Thompson 88), Lockett, McEvoy (Le Fondre 65), Wilcox (Ahmed 10), Fitzmartin

Subs Not Used: Litherland


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