Bolton edge past Abrbroath in Gayfield friendly

English Championship side Bolton Wanderers defeated Arbroath yesterday evening to continue their unbeaten start to pre-season.

After defeating Chorley 3-2, Phil Parkinson’s side travelled to Scotland for a short training camp which will see them also take on Premiership outfit Dundee on Friday evening.

A young looking Bolton side took to the field and it was evident in the early stages as the Red Lichties looked to test former St Mirren goalkeeper, Mark Howard.

Steven Doris and then Thomas O’Brien had efforts at goal early on but neither were on target. However, it was the visitors who had the first effort on target with Ricky Gomes saving well from Connor Hall’s effort.

As the side from North West England began to dominate, it was midfielder Jeff King who became the most likely to score, firing two efforts at goal in a matter of minutes, but neither troubled Canadian, Gomes, in the Arbroath goal.

Experienced striker Adam Le Fondre was to open the scoring from the penalty spot, after being fouled in the penalty area. However, from the resultant kick off, the home side created an opening which saw a shot deflect up in to the air – as Bolton keeper Mark Howard charged out off his line, Omar Kader reached the loose ball first and it was the Red Lichties themselves who had a spot kick. Steven Doris stepped up to equalise the scoring just seconds after Bolton had taken the lead.

The winning goal was to come courtesy of an own goal. After good, strong, play by Connor Hall to charge into the area, his pass across goal was intercepted by a home defender, who couldn’t keep the ball out of his own net as it bobbled up and nestled beyond the helpless Gomes.

After the hour mark, both sides made changes – none more so than Parkinson who released some of his more experienced player on the Arbroath defence. Gomes wasn’t overly tested, however, with substitutes Gary Madine and Josh Vela forcing saves out of the shot-stopper wthout causing too much panic.

At the other end, half-time sub Ben Alnwick was rarely tested in a second half which lost the rhythm and tempo of the opening period. A worthwhile exercise nonetheless for either side, with Parkinson in particular, pleased with the 90 minutes his team experienced at Gayfield. Speaking to Bolton’s official club website, the manager stated:

“It was a good game. We pieced a side together for the first 60 minutes, with the young lads and a frw senior players, and I thought they worked very well. It was disappointing to concede a penalty, like we did after taking the lead but we’ve come through unscathed. It’s a good night and a good workout, on a decent surface. We enjoyed the game.”

The lads who have come up through the Academy, like Jack Earing; Cole Lonsdale; Ryan White and Harry Brockbank have played Under-23s football, but, the physicality against sides such as Arbroath – and Chorley – is different. It is a different type of game and they’re learning that. The only way you learn it is by playing men’s football.”

It is good to see the supporters up here in Scotland, supporting us tonight. It is probably a new experience for a lot of them, coming to Arbroath. It is another list they can tick off the list, like ourselves. However, Friday will be another step up for us. Dundee are a bigger stature of club than Arbroath, so, it will be a good game. They have signed a lot of players and we are looking forward to it.”

Team Line-Ups

Arbroath

1. Ricky Gomes

2. Gavin Malin

3. Colin Hamilton

4. David Gold

5. Thomas O’Brien

6. Danny Denholm

7. Kane Hester

8. Blair Yule

9. Steven Doris

10. James Henry

11. Omar Kader

Subs:

12. Bobby Linn

14. Josh Skelly

15. Bryan Prunty

Bolton

33. Mark Howard

2. Mark Little

4. Dorian Dervite

36. Harry Brockbank

42. Cole Lonsdale

7. Chris Taylor

34. Jeff King

38. Jack Earing

9. Adam Le Fondre

35. Connor Hall

23. Trialist

Subs:

13. Ben Alnwick (GK)

3. Andrew Taylor

5. Mark Beevers

6. Josh Vela

8. Jem Karacan

11. Will Buckley

14. Gary Madine

21. Darren Pratley

26. Stephen Darby

31. David Wheater

41. Ryan White

Attendance: 722

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