🗞️ Preview: Hartlepool United vs. Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers head to the North East on Tuesday evening as they to take on Hartlepool United in a Papa John’s Trophy Third Round.

The Whites are undefeated in the competition so far, winning all their group games against Port Vale, Liverpool U21s and Rochdale, before a 1-0 win against Fleetwood Town in the Second Round thanks to a Kieran Lee well-placed finish.

Pre-match quotes:

Ian Evatt: “From now until the end of the season they are all important games,” said the Whites’ boss.

“We have suffered a bit of late but things are getting better and getting better fast.

“Winning is a habit. Once you get wins under your belt you can build momentum.

“We are looking to build momentum in the league, of course, and achieve something like we did last season.

“I still think there’s lots to play for in the league. I don’t think there’s any real outstanding team.

“I think we could take points off everybody, provided we look after ourselves and perform the right way.

“But for now, it’s about going to Hartlepool and putting on a good show, a good performance and hopefully getting through to the next round.”

Team news

Wanderers will still be without Kieran Lee for tonight’s cup clash due to Covid.

On a positive note, MJ Williams was back in training yesterday and is in contention for a place in Ian Evatt’s starting line-up this evening.

On tonight’s game, Evatt said: “It’s a competitive game and we want to try and win.

“We will be picking as strong a team as we possibly can, there’s no doubt about that.

“People have been suffering with stiffness from Saturday and we’ll see how they are.

“But availability-wise we’ll be picking a full-strength team to try and win the game as best we can.”

Tickets and Travel

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Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets at the Suit Direct Stadium tonight, ahead of the Whites' Papa John’s Trophy tie against Hartlepool United (KO 7pm).

Tickets will be sold from the sales windows at the Ticket Office on Clarence Road.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines, for collection from Bolton Central, until 2pm this afternoon. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Terrace Ticket Prices

Adults - £10.00

Over 65s - £5.00

Students - £5.00

Under 19s - £5.00

Armed Forces - £5.00

Under 5s – free of charge (must be with a full paying adult)



If you can’t be at the game tonight, you can still watch the game live via a stream from iFollow BWFC for £10, with video match passes available to purchase by clicking here.

The full game is streamed through any compatible laptop, computer, tablet, or mobile device in the UK. 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to purchase a match pass for the fixture - should supporters encounter any difficulties in purchasing it.

  1. Click here and select the Hartlepool United v Bolton Wanderers fixture.
  2. If you already have an iFollow BWFC account, sign in using your e-mail address and password. If you do not, create a FREE account by clicking 'Register Now'. 

PLEASE NOTE: To be able to stream any match using an iFollow BWFC video pass, you MUST have created a free iFollow account. 

  1. Enter your payment details on the screen and click 'Pay'. You are now ready to stream the match once the coverage gets underway. 
  2. Later today [Tuesday, 4 January] - head to the match centre to tune in and catch all the action with a 7pm kick-off.

Match Officials

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistant Referees: Richard Wigglesworth and Robert Atkin

Fourth Official: Martin Coy

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