FC Halifax Town 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • July 14, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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It was a case of better late than never for Bolton, who got their pre-season schedule up and running with a 2-1 victory at FC Halifax Town.

After last weekend's game at St Mirren was cancelled due to a player strike, coupled with next Tuesday's clash with Morecambe being axed due to an unsafe pitch at the Globe Arena, Wanderers ensured they made positive headlines as goals in each half from Adam Le Fondre and Sammy Ameobi gave them a comfortable win at the MBi Shay.

Jason Lowe and Clayton Donaldson made the starting line-up as Phil Parkinson got a first glimpse of his summer signings, while Erhun Oztumer was named amongst the substitutes despite suffering from a slight thigh strain.

Bolton took the lead on 19 minutes against their non-league opposition, as a counter-attacking move started by Ben Alnwick was coolly finished by Le Fondre.

After claiming the ball at a corner, Alnwick immediately threw it into the path of Ameobi. He crossed the halfway line before picking out the run of Will Buckley, who squared for Le Fondre to tap in unopposed from close range.

That lead was doubled four minutes after the break, with Ameobi receiving possession from Mark Little before spreading the play across to Andrew Taylor. Ameobi continued his run into the box, where he was picked out by Taylor's pin-point cross, with a simple header making it 2-0.

Wanderers made 11 changes on the hour as Parkinson gave 30 minutes to another crop of players, and that allowed Halifax to reduce the deficit as Mekhi McLeod picked out the bottom corner with a superb individual effort.

Chiori Johnson, a summer arrival from Arsenal, was substituted with 15 minutes to play after appearing to pick up an injury, but it didn't affect the visitors too much as they held out to claim victory in their opening game of pre-season.

Parkinson's side return to action next Saturday, when they face Italian side Girona at the County Ground, in Leyland.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick (Turner 60), Taylor (Pritchard 60), Beevers (Edwards 60), Wheater (Hobbs 60), Little (Darby 60), Lowe (Earing 60), Vela (Politic 60), Buckley (Noone 60), Ameobi (Johnson 60 (Connell 75)), Le Fondre (Oztumer 60), Donaldson (Hall 60)

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone