Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Everton U23

  • August 30, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton tasted defeat in their opening group game of the Checkatrade Trophy, losing 2-0 to Everton U23 at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers were second best for much of the evening against their Premier League 2 opponents, with goals in each half from Calum Dyson and Conor McAleny giving the Toffees victory in front of a record low attendance of 1,540.

Trophy rules dictate EFL clubs must begin ties with at least five players who began the previous league game, and that is exactly what Trotters boss Phil Parkinson opted to do.

Mark Howard, Lewis Buxton, Mark Beevers, Josh Vela and Jamie Proctor retained their places from the weekend draw at Charlton Athletic, while senior debuts were handed to the midfield duo of Alex Perry and Jack Earing.

Jay Spearing was named amongst the substitutes, so the aforementioned Vela was handed the captaincy for the first time.

Everton started the better of the two sides, as they enjoyed the lion's share of the possession, but their early enthusiasm was perhaps a little too much as they were caught in offside positions multiple times in the opening quarter-hour.

The first talking point arrived on 20 minutes, when Conor Wilkinson came on in place of Proctor. Early indications suggested no injury had been picked up during play, with the change perhaps made due to previously mentioned rules.

Once play resumed, it took Everton just two minutes to break the deadlock and it arrived in style. After receiving possession from David Henen on the edge of the Bolton box, Dyson turned and curled an outstanding strike into the top corner.

Bassala Sambou came close to doubling the lead moments later, as hit shot from distance just cleared the crossbar, while he almost put the ball past his own goalkeeper at the other end, with Mateusz Hewelt alert to parry behind.

Chris Taylor bend a free-kick into the waiting arms of Hewelt as the clock ticked into the final 10 minutes of the half, while Toffees captain Liam Walsh fired straight at Howard at the other end.

Walsh then showed his defensive ability, as he put his body on the line to deny a goalbound volley from Kaiyne Woolery, as his side went in ahead at the interval.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Buxton seeing a volley deflect behind after he had got on the end of a free-kick from Andrew Taylor.

Wilkinson headed over from the resulting corner, as Wanderers showed more intent inside the opening three minutes than than they had in the previous 45.

Andrew Taylor volleyed over again and Wilkinson dragged a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal, before he and Perry both headed over as the game ticked towards the hour.

Both managers made double substitutions as the game entered the final 20 minutes without incident, before it suddenly burst back to life with quarter-of-an-hour to go when Wilkinson shot straight at Hewelt.

The match was over as a contest with little over 10 minutes remaining though, as McAleny, earlier on as a substitute for Henen, rose highest to head a corner from Walsh past Howard to give Everton a 2-0 advantage.

Gary Madine scuffed wide as Bolton looked for an immediate response, while Woolery and Madine once again failed to test Hewelt in the closing stages, as Wanderers crashed to defeat against the Toffees.

Parkinson's side return to league action on Saturday, when Southend United are the visitors to Macron Stadium. Their next involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy is on November 4, when they play host to Blackpool in their penultimate group match.

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, Buxton, Beevers, Wilson, A Taylor, Vela (Spearing 69), Perry (Madine 69), Earing, C Taylor, Woolery, Proctor (Wilkinson 20)
Subs Not Used: Turner, Moxey, Walker, Wheater

Everton U23: Hewelt, Robinson, Yates (Brewster 83), Foulds, Yarney, Walsh, Bainbridge, Baningime, Henen (McAleny 62), Dyson, Sambou (Broadhead 62)
Subs Not Used: Gray
Goals: Dyson 22, McAleny 79

Referee: David Webb
Attendance: 1,540

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3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
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