PREVIEW: Wanderers v Cambridge United

Wanderers return home for the first time in a month as they look to make it maximum points over the Easter weekend and stay in the League One play-off places.

The Whites will be playing only a second game at the University of Bolton Stadium since the end of February with extra sections of the ground being opened to guarantee a huge crowd for ‘Family Day’.

The fans will get a chance to celebrate Wanderers’ Papa Johns Trophy final win at Wembley when the trophy is brought out before kick-off.

The focus will then be back on the pursuit of points as Ian Evatt’s men aim to follow up Friday’s win at Exeter City with a 13th home league victory of the season.


Manager quotes:

Ian Evatt:

"All we can do is concentrate on our own business. We’re going to have to utilise the squad but we’ve got a good squad of players who can hopefully turn around quickly and get going again.

“We’ve not had much luck with injuries and we have to find a way and trust the process and we’ll do that.

"Hopefully, with a sold-out Bolton section and again taking care of our own business, we can get another three points.

“These players need the support and they need you to lift them. It’s going to be an incredible atmosphere and we have to make sure our performance gets bums off seats.”

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Cambridge manager Mark Bonner:

“I think there is a group of players there that understands the situation and they’re playing like they’re desperate to do well.

“If we want to take it to the last week we need to keep getting results and push ourselves in the big games we’ve got coming up.”

Team news:

Wanderers are without captain Ricardo Almeida Santos after the defender was added to the injury list with a thigh problem.

He joins defensive colleagues Eoin Toal and former Cambridge man Jack Iredale among the absentees, along with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Lloyd Isgrove.

Whites’ wing-back Declan John may require a check after coming off at half-time at St James’ Park on Friday after feeling unwell in the build-up.

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Form guide:

Wanderers are looking to make it a hat-trick of wins after following up their Wembley success with victory at Exeter City on Good Friday.

The Whites have won five of their last six home games.

Cambridge are bidding to make it three wins in a row for the first time this season after going back-to-back for the first time since September with a win on Friday.

Victories at Port Vale and then at home to Fleetwood on Good Friday followed a six-game winless run to lift Cambridge up to 22nd and four points away from a place out of the drop zone.

The first meeting between the sides this season ended in a 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium in November.


Referee: David Rock

Assistant Referees: Conor Brown and Paul Stonier

Fourth Official: Alan Clayton


Monday 3pm


Monday’s game will be available to watch via a live feed on BWFC iFollow with a £10 video match pass which can be purchased HERE

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