Guiseley AFC 3-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • July 24, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton tasted defeat in their penultimate pre-season friendly of the summer, losing 3-1 at Guiseley AFC.

Following victory at FC Halifax Town, coupled with goalless draws against both Morecambe and Girona, Wanderers were expected to field a strong side for their trip to Nethermoor Park as players begin to reach full fitness ahead of the new campaign.

It therefore came somewhat of a surprise to see the likes of Jack Hobbs, Gary O'Neil and goalkeeper Ben Williams in from the off, with only he and Stephen Darby completing the full 90 minutes.

In fact, the visitors were two behind inside 22 minutes as Alex Purver and then Curtis Morrison stunned Phil Parkinson's side.

First, Purver intercepted a poor ball from Olkowski before firing low and hard past Williams from the edge of the box to open the scoring inside six minutes.

Then, midway through the half, Niall Heaton's cross from the left picked out an unmarked Morrison, who struck first-time beyond the helpless goalkeeper.

Trailing at the break, Wanderers emerged for the start of the second period having made a number of substitutions and it was one of those - Craig Noone - who was to help them back into the game.

Outstanding since his introduction, Noone's cross was headed towards goal by Adam Le Fondre on 67 minutes. Having made the initial save, goalkeeper Joe Green couldn't react quickly enough as Connor Hall pounced to reduce the deficit.

The hosts restored their two-goal advantage seven minutes from time, however, as Wanderers substitute Josh Vela conceded a penalty, allowing Reece Johnson to fire past Williams from 12 yards.

With 11 days to go until the start of the Championship season - an opening day trip to West Bromwich Albion - Bolton finish their pre-season preparations with a journey to Peterborough United on Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers: Williams, Olkowski (Beevers 46), Hobbs (Wheater 64), Darby, Little (Taylor 72), O'Neil (Lowe 72), Pritchard (Vela 72), Buckley (Wildschut 46), Ameobi (Noone 46), Le Fondre (Donaldson 72), Hall (Oztumer 72)
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Nganiori, Wilson, Edwards, Earing, Wood

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17 Bolton Wanderers 24 28
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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