Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Grimsby Town

  • November 05, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Liam Trotter scored the only goal, as Bolton progressed into the second round of the FA Cup with victory over Grimsby Town.

Trotter broke the deadlock with 20 minutes played at Macron Stadium, heading home from a Zach Clough corner to seal a win over a League Two side that perhaps deserved better.

Grimsby may have been fortunate to only go in one-down at the break but their second-half display warranted more than their efforts showed, only for wasteful finishing and the heroics of Mark Howard in the Wanderers goal to put an end to their hopes of advancing.

Phil Parkinson made three changes to the Bolton side that started against Port Vale last time out, as Alex Perry, Chris Taylor and Jamie Proctor took the places of Josh Vela, who missed out through suspension, as well as the injured duo of Derik Osede and Gary Madine.

The home side burst out of the starting blocks and could have been ahead inside three minutes, but Proctor's deflected strike came back off the post before being cleared to safety by Danny Andrew.

Grimsby's first chance arrived on the quarter-hour, but Luke Summerfield failed to keep his effort on target after he had been played in on goal by Omar Bogle.

Bolton had a superb chance to open the scoring shortly afterwards, only for Zach Clough to fire wide from just inside the box, but they did have the ball in the net two minutes later courtesy of a less-familiar name on the scoresheet.

Trotter, who had netted just four times in 63 outings in Wanderers colours, was found unmarked from a Clough corner and he sent a glancing header into the top corner, leaving James McKeown with no chance.

McKeown made a comfortable stop to deny Clough at the midway point of the half, before being forced into an outstanding reflex stop to keep out a thunderbolt of a strike from Sammy Ameobi.

Grimsby's appeals for a penalty were ignored by referee Trevor Kettle when James Berrett went down on the half-hour, while Josh Gowling headed narrowly over the crossbar as supporters began to make their way down for half-time refreshments of the warm variety.

Before the whistle went, however, there was still time for one last chance for the hosts, who failed to double their advantage as McKeown once again made a fine stop to frustrate Clough.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Bolton having two chances to add to their lead, with Proctor twice forcing McKeown into reaction saves in the early moments.

The visitors thought they had drawn level on 57 minutes, as Zak Mills' ball into the box fell kindly for Berrett, but his shot was somehow tipped over the top by Howard as Wanderers survived a major scare.

Bogle volleyed over on the hour and Berrett had an effort deflected behind, before Scott Vernon headed inches wide from an Andrew corner as Grimsby began to take control of the game without finding the net.

McKeown's fine display continued with 20 minutes to play, this time getting down well to keep out a goalbound effort from substitute Keshi Anderson, moments before David Wheater, captain in the absence of Jay Spearing, headed behind from a corner.

Wheater was then involved at the other end, taking a stinging drive from Summerfield directly in the face, a knock that required treatment and allowed for substitutions to be made on each side.

Howard had to be at his absolute best to keep Bolton's lead in the final minute of normal time, throwing himself across his goal to tip away what looked like a certain goal from Vernon, whose curling shot seemed destined for the top corner.

Craig Disley shot high and wide in the third of four added minutes for stoppages, as time ran out on Grimsby and Bolton booked their place in the next round of the FA Cup.

Wanderers' win over the Mariners was their seventh successive victory in all competitions, a run last achieved in February 2005 by the squad that famously secured UEFA Cup qualification for the first time in the club's history.

Parkinson's side return to action on Tuesday night, when they go in search of an eighth consecutive win when they travel to Cheltenham Town in their final Checkatrade Trophy group fixture.

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, Wilson, Wheater, Beevers, A Taylor, Trotter, Perry (Moxey 85), Ameobi, C Taylor (Henry 75), Clough, Proctor (Anderson 66)
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Buxton, Clayton, Earing
Booked: Proctor, A Taylor
Goals: Trotter 20

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Mills, Gowling, Collins, Andrew, Disley, Berrett (Browne 79), Summerfield, Comley (Bolarinwa 75), Bogle (Jackson 84), Vernon
Subs Not Used: Warrington, Pearson, Chambers, Boyce
Booked: Andrew, Gowling, Bogle

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Attendance: 7,173

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