Barrow 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • July 24, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Oladapo Afolayan scored the only goal as Bolton won at Barrow, making it four victories from five in a so-far unbeaten pre-season.

After increasing the number of playing minutes the majority of his players received in a midweek success against Preston North End, Wanderers boss Ian Evatt made similar decisions at the Progression Solicitors Stadium as plans for the opening-day clash with Milton Keynes Dons begin to take shape.

The game's only goal arrived five minutes before the break as Eoin Doyle, who wasn't included last time out, linked up well with Afolayan on the edge of the box, allowing the latter to bury a shot into the bottom corner.

The day's other major talking point came midway through the second period as Afolayan was withdrawn, with Dennis Politic entering a field of play for the first time since suffering a knee ligament injury at Loughborough University 11 months ago.

Bolton's final pre-season friendly takes place next Saturday when Blackburn Rovers are the visitors to the University of Bolton Stadium.

Barrow: Farman, Hutton (Kay 62), Platt, Ellis (Brown 62), Ntlhe (Grayson 62), Brough (Burns 74), Beadling (Devitt 62), Banks (Taylor 62), White, Gordon (James 62), Trialist (Sea 46)
Subs Not Used: Lillis, Moloney
Booked: Brown

Bolton Wanderers: Dixon, John (Gordon 68), Baptiste (Senior 77), Brockbank, Jones (Crawford 77), Williams (Sarcevic 55), Lee (Sheehan 55), Thomason (Tutte 68), Afolayan (Politic 64), Delfouneso (Darcy 59), Doyle (Bakayoko 68)
Subs Not Used: Hutchinson
Booked: Williams
Goals: Afolayan 40

Referee: Marc Edwards
Attendance: 1,918

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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Who is Bolton's 2021/22 Player of the Year?
32.58% Oladapo Afolayan
30.96% Gethin Jones
21.72% Ricardo Almeida Santos
5.51% Declan John
4.05% Kieran Lee
3.08% MJ Williams
1.78% Joel Dixon
0.32% George Johnston