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Ed Lewis


Posted Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Report: Bolton Wanderers Under-23s 3-1 Bristol City Under-23s

City Under-23s fell to a 3-1 defeat away to their Bolton Wanderers counterparts last night (Tuesday, August 13th).

The Professional Development League season opener was played at the County Ground and it was the hosts who started brightly, against a young Robins side, which consisted of two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old in the starting XI.

Luke Williams’ group fell behind after 20 minutes when Luca Navarro kept his cool to convert from the penalty spot, after Olawale Tanimowo went to ground inside the area.

Alhaji Sesay soon after made a fantastic double save to thwart Tanimowo, but a Bolton trialist was well-positioned to poke home from close range and double the host's advantage.

Five minutes before the interval, Wanderers extended their lead when Poloitic tricked his way into the area and whipped an effort into the corner, despite Sesay’s best efforts.

City’s development group made a triple substitution at half-time, introducing Brad Webb, Marcus Day and Ryley Towler, who proved effective.

Jake Turner in the Bolton goal made a smart save to deny Jake Andrews’ driven effort but the shot-stopper was unable to maintain his clean sheet, conceding moments before the full-time whistle.

Rory Holden showed excellent persistence to pinch possession from a defender before trying his luck from distance. Turner got down well to meet the strike but couldn’t hold it and the on-rushing Ricardo Rees converted the rebound from close range.

City will return to competitive action on Monday (August 20th) when they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to BS3.

City Under-23s: Sesay, Turner-Williams, Ali, Taylor (Day), Low (Webb), Harrison, Edwards, Hall (Towler), Rees, Holden, Andrews. Subs not used: Carey, Williams.