FC Helsingor 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • July 09, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Jamie Proctor scored a stoppage-time winner, as Phil Parkinson's first game in charge of Bolton ended in a 2-1 victory over FC Helsingor.

Wanderers took a 5th-minute lead at the Hensingor Stadion, as Gary Madine fired past Mikkel Bruhn in spectacular fashion, but the hosts were level midway through the half as Andre Riel blasted home from the penalty spot following a foul by Derik Osede.

Parkinson made a number of changes at the break, as he looked to give all available players a first outing of pre-season, and it was one of those who won it at the death. Chris Taylor, on for Conor Wilkinson, whipped a cross into the box and Proctor powered a header beyond Bruhn from close range to seal the win.

Bolton started the game in a 4-4-2 formation, with Madine and Zach Clough leading the attack, while Osede began at right-back. Darren Pratley, who this week held talks over a transfer to Queens Park Rangers, captained the side.

Wanderers made a dominant start to proceedings and took the lead inside five minutes, as Josh Vela pounced on a loose ball in midfield and fed Madine, who sent a dipping strike beyond Bruhn from 25 yards.

Dorian Dervite headed wide shortly afterwards, as he got on the end of a corner from Tom Walker, while Alex Finney almost doubled the advantage in similar circumstances moments later.

Helsingor began to see more of the ball as the game reached the midway point of the half, culminating in Mads Aaquist firing wide from distance, while Ben Amos was required to be at his absolute best to keep out a goalbound header from Martin Kock Helsted.

Amos was beaten on 24 minutes, however, as Helsingor were awarded a penalty after Osede was adjudged to have bundled over Philip Zinckernagel inside the box. Riel took responsibility for the resulting spot-kick and successfully found the net, drilling the ball down the middle of the goal.

Osede's afternoon came to an end just before the half-hour, as he limped off to be replaced by Filip Twardzik. The substitute moved straight into midfield, with Vela dropping into the full-back role vacated by the Spaniard's departure.

Helsingor looked set to complete the turnaround on 35 minutes, but Amos rushed off his line to deny Helsted in a one-on-one situation, before half-hearted appeals for a penalty were rejected when Madine went down whilst under pressure inside the area.

Helsted was halted by Dervite in the final minute of the half, as he looked set to run clear, while Clough had a shot blocked at the other end as the sides went in level at the break.

As is the norm during pre-season, eight changes were made as the players emerged for the start of the second period. All outfield players sitting on the bench during the opening 45 minutes took to the field, with the exception of Taylor, local player Jakob Palander and the injured Rob Holding, who has been suffering from a tight hamstring.

Just as they did at the start of the match, Bolton began strong after the restart and were unfortunate not to register an early shot on target when Wilkinson saw a shot blocked as he pounced on a cross-cum-shot from Proctor.

Proctor and Riel both went in the referee's book for challenges in unrelated incidents as the clock ticked past the hour, before further changes saw Taylor and local goalkeeper Linus Muller come on in place of Wilkinson and Amos.

Taylor's introduction saw him move into the left of midfield, allowing Clayton to push forward in behind Proctor.

Mark Davies skipped beyond three defenders before seeing a shot charged down by Bruhn as the game entered the final 10 minutes, during which Bolton pushed forward in search of a late winner.

They came close to stealing the victory in the final minute of normal time, but Taylor flashed a half-volley inches wide of the post after he latched on to a knockdown from Jay Spearing.

The ball was in the net in added time, however, with Taylor this time turning provider. After receiving the ball in a wide area from Liam Trotter, his pin-point cross met the head of Proctor, who powered a header past Bruhn at the near post to ensure Wanderers began pre-season in the best possible manner.

Parkinson's side will now return to England and their Lostock training base, ahead of their next friendly away at Mansfield Town next Saturday.

FC Helsingor: Bruhn, Marfelt, Minor, Holm, Mistrati, Aaquist, Basse, Riez, Zinckernagel, Holst, Helsted
Booked: Riel
Goals: Riel 24(pen)

Bolton Wanderers: Amos (Muller 68), Moxey (Wilson 46), Dervite (Beevers 46), Finney, Osede (Twardzik 28), Vela (Trotter 46), Pratley (Spearing 46), Woolery (Clayton 46), Walker (Davies 46), Clough (Wilkinson 46 (Taylor 71)), Madine (Proctor 46)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Palander, Holding
Booked: Proctor
Goals: Madine 5, Proctor 90

Attendance: 357

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