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Youth Team Report: Bolton Wanderers 1 Blackpool 1

15 May 2021

The youth team signed off their EFL Youth Alliance campaign with a 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Luke Mariette gave his side the lead after 30 minutes, but midway through the second half, Bolton equalised through Max Wilcox.

Alec McLachlan replaced Charlie Monks between the sticks, while Jak Wood came back into the side. Under-16’s trio Luke Byron, Jake Daniels and Kron Abdiu all made the bench for Danny Ventre’s side.

Both sides were relentless in the opening ten minutes, with both ‘keepers called into action, but it was the hosts who came closest after a cross from the right found a white shirt at the back post to head back across goal, though Alec McLachlan sprung superbly to his left to tip the ball over the bar.

Just ten minutes later, McLachlan was called upon again, with the shot-stopper denying the hosts from just inside the 18-yard box.

Blackpool started to see more of the ball as the game went on, and that presented an opportunity for Tayt Trusty, who controlled a cross with his chest, turned and shot first time, but his effort went over the bar.

Pressure from Ventre’s men eventually paid off when Luke Mariette won the ball back high up the pitch to weave his way into the area and fire into the back of the net.

Half-Time: Bolton Wanderers 0 Blackpool 1

As the chances in the game fizzled out for a short spell, the Seasiders had their first in the second half, as Sky Sinclair nipped a ball in behind for Mariette to run onto. He was met by an on-rushing Wanderers ‘keeper, but as the midfielder went around him, he just ran the ball out of play.

Down the other end, Bolton broke, but tracking back well was Joe Strawn, who raced to stop Wanderers from crossing into an almost empty 18-yard box.

However, the hosts managed to find an equaliser when a ball across the edge of the area found Wilcox. He lashed a right boot at it and fired past McLachlan.

The Seasiders wanted to end on a high, and they almost found a response through Johnny Johnstone after Sinclair found him on the penalty spot. Johnstone then worked the ball from left to right to shoot, but his effort was blocked.

In the heat of the moment, Jak Wood – who captained the side for the day – mistimed a tackle as he challenged for the ball, leaving the referee with no other option than to brandish a red card.

Bolton then looked to use the extra man to their advantage when a ball to the back post found a white shirt, but McLachlan stood firm to keep the hosts out not once but twice with some tremendous saves.

Full-Time: Bolton Wanderers 1 Blackpool 1

Blackpool: McLachlan, Sinclair, Wood (75’ RED CARD), Fitzgerald, Squires, Trusty (82’ Nyame), Yelegon, Mariette, Johnstone (85’ Abdiu), Strawn (63’ Byron), Harrison (68’ Daniels).

Unused subs: Monks.

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