Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Grimsby Town

  • October 10, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Grimsby Town - League Two's lowest-scoring clubs - played out a goalless draw with neither side managing a single shot on target.

Having made nine changes to his team for Tuesday's EFL Trophy defeat at Shrewsbury Town, Ian Evatt reverted back to the team that beat Harrogate Town last Saturday with one exception - as Jak Hickman came in for the injured Gethin Jones.

In truth, the opening 45 minutes saw Wanderers on top for the majority of the play but neither goalkeeper was required to make a save with both teams failing to register a single attempt on goal.

It took a little under three minutes for the first opportunity to arrive, with George Williams twisting and turning on the edge of the Bolton box before dragging a tame effort harmlessly wide of goal.

Terry Taylor was next to try his luck for the visitors, seeing a strike deflect behind on 18 minutes, before Ali Crawford bent a free-kick narrowly wide at the other end with the hosts' first attempt of the afternoon.

Wanderers would have opened the scoring but for the timely intervention of Luke Waterfall, who put his body on the line to block a goalbound strike after a cross from Hickman had fallen kindly at the feet of the Crawford.

It was almost a case of third time lucky for Crawford, who sent another free-kick wide of the post after Antoni Sarcevic had been hacked down, before the same player drilled another set-piece inches wide with what proved to be the final strike of the half - with the teams going in level at the break without a goal to show for their efforts.

Both bosses were happy to stick with their selections as players returned for the second period, which once again began on a slow note.

The clock was almost at the hour mark when Grimsby made their first foray forward, with Matt Green and Taylor combining to tee up Luke Hendrie, whose strike from the edge of the box flashed just over the bar.

Nathan Delfouneso sliced an effort wide at the other end moments later, before Montel Gibson rolled an attempt past the post for Town as Grimsby enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Eight minutes after entering the play as a substitute, Alex Baptiste volleyed wide from a Crawford corner, while Taylor blasted a shot inches wide at the other end with Billy Crellin rooted to the spot.

Owura Edwards and Danny Preston both got in behind Wanderers' high defensive line inside the final five minutes, with neither managing to get their final shot away, and aside from a corner in the final minute of added time there were to be no further chances as the game ended as it had began - goalless.

A point moves Bolton up to 18th in the League Two table, with Grimsby moving off the foot to be replaced by Oldham Athletic, who are next up at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Crellin, Delaney, Santos, Brockbank, Mascoll (Gordon 76), Tutte (Comley 76), Sarcevic, Hickman (Baptiste 66), Crawford, Delfouneso, Doyle
Subs Not Used: Greenidge, Darcy, Gnahoua, Riley
Booked: Sarcevic, Santos

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Clifton, Hendrie, Waterfall, Pollock, Preston, Taylor, Rose, Williams (Edwards 64), Windsor (Scannell 76), Green (Gibson 64)
Subs Not Used: Battersby, Mohsni, Tilley, Idehen
Booked: Green

Referee: Samuel Barrott

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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16 Port Vale 25 29
17 Bolton Wanderers 24 28
18 Harrogate Town 22 26
19 Scunthorpe United 24 26
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