Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Newcastle United U21

  • November 17, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Jamie Mascoll scored five minutes from time as Bolton came from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle United U21 in their final group tie in this season's Papa John's Trophy.

Jak Hickman and Arthur Gnahoua had earlier drawn Wanderers level, after they had trailed to a first-half brace from United's promising midfielder Elliot Anderson.

The end result mattered little with both clubs already out of the competition but with back-to-back victories under their belt for the first time in over 12 months, the Trotters can look forward to their weekend trip to Stevenage with some new-found confidence.

Wanderers boss Ian Evatt made 11 changes to the team that started at home to Salford City last Friday as he challenged his fringe players to force their way into first-team contention for league fixtures.

Newcastle conceded plenty in terms of possession in the early stages but were dangerous on the attack, with Anderson firing a warning shot inside five minutes with a strike that narrowly flew over Crellin's crossbar.

Bolton's first attempt arrived three minutes later after Reiss Greenidge was fouled 25 yards from goal. Ronan Darcy took responsibility for the resulting free-kick, which he whipped inches over the top of Dan Langley's goal.

Stan Flaherty sliced wide for the Magpies on 11 minutes but they did take the lead moments later as a short goal-kick from Crellin put Comley under pressure on the edge of the box. After being dispossessed, Anderson worked himself into a shooting position and found the net at Crellin's near post.

Hickman lashed a volley wide midway through the half as the Trotters looked to get back on level terms, shortly before Crellin rushed out to dive at the feet of Anderson after Greenidge had inadvertently headed the ball into his path.

Newcastle doubled their advantage five minutes before the break as Anderson got a run on Greenidge. The Magpies captain had little right to shoot from his position but stuck out a left boot to lob Crellin from distance, with the Bolton goalkeeper caught in No Man's Land.

The hosts reduced the deficit shortly before half-time as Hickman tapped in at the far post from a deflected Liam Gordon cross, giving Evatt's side hope despite training 2-1 as the players left the field for the break.

The teams returned as they were for the second period, which began on a quiet note. In fact, aside from a routine save by Crellin to deny Rodrigo Vilca, there was nothing to report until the clock reached the hour.

On that occasion, Yannick Toure received the ball on the edge of the box and worked himself a yard of space before seeing a strike well held by Crellin yet again.

Evatt made his first change of the evening on 64 minutes as Gnahoua was introduced in place of Tom White and he was on the scoresheet within five minutes, prodding home from close range after a free-kick from Lloyd Isgrove had been knocked back across goal.

George Thomason and Mitchell Henry were brought on as Bolton looked to complete the turnaround - Isgrove and Shaun Miller the duo replaced - but it was Newcastle who had the next opportunity that should have seen them go back in front.

After latching on to a through ball and rounding Crellin, Toure had an empty net at his mercy but somehow managed to put his shot into the side netting - leaving the forward with his head in his hands.

Anderson saw two further opportunities go begging as Wanderers' defenders put their bodies on the line and their efforts were rewarded with five minutes to go as Mascoll's first goal for the club put them ahead for the first time.

Finding himself in the opposition box, the ball fell kindly to Mascoll 12 yards from goal and he lashed home at the first attempt to make it 3-2 and seal a comeback victory for the home side.

Evatt's side are back in action on Saturday, when they return to league competition with an away fixture at Stevenage.

Bolton Wanderers: Crellin, Mascoll, Taft, Greenidge, Gordon, White (Gnahoua 64), Comley, Hickman, Darcy, Isgrove (Henry 73), Miller (Thomason 74)
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Senior, Riley, Assarsson
Booked: Greenidge, White
Goals: Hickman 44, Gnahoua 69, Mascoll 85

Newcastle United U21: Langley, Swailes, Francillette, Cross, Lazaar, Rounsfell, Brookwell, Anderson (Longelo 81), Flaherty (Indalecio 89), Vilca, Toure
Subs Not Used: Brown, Oliver
Booked: Flaherty, Anderson, Vilca
Goals: Anderson 11,40

Referee: Ollie Yates

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4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
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