Atherton Collieries 1-1 Bolton Wanderers XI

  • July 04, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's first pre-season outing ended all square, as a Wanderers XI were held to a 1-1 draw by Atherton Collieries at Alder House.

After a scoreless first half, both teams made a magnitude of substitutions at the break and the deadlock was broken eight minutes from time as Jamie Thomas put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot.

Wanderers had the chance to seal the victory in the final minute, only for Enock Likoy-Elumba to fire another spot-kick wide of the target, moments before Wes Bancroft stole in to equalise with a shot that squirmed underneath William Jaaskelainen in stoppage time.

With first-team manager Neil Lennon in attendance, Bolton named a strong starting line-up for their short trip - with Conor Wilkinson, Kaiyne Woolery, Rob Holding and summer recruit Jordan Lussey all in from the off.

Jon Ceberio, who came through the youth system at Real Sociedad, also started, as did young midfielder Sean Conaboy, who is a graduate of the Gordon Strachan Football Foundation.

Wanderers thought they had taken the lead with 26 minutes on the clock, as Wilkinson fired home from close range after Danny Taberner had parried a shot from Woolery, but the referee's assistant had raised his flag for an offside.

Wilkinson and Channing Campbell-Young both came close as the first half drew to a close, but the two sides went in level at the break as many players saw their afternoon come to an end.

Bolton changed all 11 players at the start of the second period, with development squad talent making way for a team made up mainly of under-18's - including Jaaskelainen, son of legendary goalkeeper Jussi.

Tyrell Palmer headed against the crossbar inside two minutes of the restart, while Matt Boland fired across the face of goal at the other end.

The deadlock was broken eight minutes from time, though, as Harry Reilly was brought down inside the Colls box and Thomas made no mistake in firing home from the penalty spot.

Elumba fired another spot-kick wide of the target in the final minute and he was made to rue that miss as Bancroft equalised for the hosts with virtually the final kick of the game.

A number of players will jet out to Austria with the first-team squad this week, ahead of games against Sturm Graz and SC Paderborn, while the majority of the younger players will remain in the country ahead of Monday's game at Guisborough Town and Wednesday's trip to Spennymoor Town.

Atherton Collieries (1st half): Taberner, N Battersby, Kenny, Holt, Grimshaw, Carson, Truffas, Cooke, M Battersby, Hardcastle, Peet
Atherton Collieries (2nd half): Taberner, Kenny, Shaw, Moore, Gibson, Sulay, Cross, Messer, Boland, Bancroft, Cirvy
Goals: Bancroft 90

Bolton Wanderers XI (1st half): Campbell, Holding, Garratt, Conaboy, Phillips, Finney, Lussey, Campbell-Young, Wilkinson, Ceberio, Woolery
Bolton Wanderers XI (2nd half): Jaaskelainen, Allan, Honeyball, Otshudy, Cvetko, Spooner, Reilly, Elumba, Palmer, Thomas, Perry
Goals: Thomas 82(pen)

Attendance: 1,499

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