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Report: Town defeated on the road at Bolton

15 August 2023

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A first half hat-trick from Victor Adeboyejo saw Town suffer a 3-1 defeat against Bolton Wanderers, in the Cod Army’s second away league game of the season.

Josh Earl headed in a late consolation goal in second half added time, one which ultimately wouldn’t be enough to secure any points on the night.

The home side got off to a flying start taking the lead after just 3 minutes, as a swift piece of attacking play saw Paris Maghoma slide the ball across the penalty area for Adeboyejo to arrive at the back post and finish off the resulting cross.

But the Cod Army responded excellently to going a goal down with a flurry of chances. First a fizzing cross from Shaun Rooney headed goalwards and had to be parried away by Bolton keeper Nathan Baxter, before Promise Omochere excellently spun his man in box and flashed a dangerous ball across the penalty area - that Bolton managed to scramble clear.

Moments later, Scott Robertson struck a free kick from range that forced Baxter into another save, before Rooney headed down another set piece across goal, but with no-one arriving to finish it off.

Despite Town’s pressure, Bolton doubled their advantage on 14 minutes after a searching ball over the Fleetwood back-line was excellently controlled and pulled across goal by Dacres-Cogley, with Adeboyejo arriving for a carbon copy finish of his first goal.

Brown’s men almost had one back on 27 minutes when some brilliant midfield recovery work from Robertson saw Jack Marriott play Josh Vela in towards goal, with Town’s captain forcing Baxter to make a great save from a tight angle.

But less than 10 minutes later, Adeboyejo completed his hat-trick. Dacres-Cogley was again the provider with some excellent trickery on the right-hand side, before teeing up the striker inside the penalty area to fire home his third of the evening.

Scott Brown introduced Danny Mayor and Ryan Graydon at half-time in place of Cian Hayes and Marriott, and on the hour mark substitute Mayor forced Baxter into a low save tipping the ball round his post. The ball somehow stayed out from the resulting corner when the home side were able to scramble it off the line.

Moments later, striker Dion Charles was sent off for the Wanderers following a second yellow card, reducing the home side to ten men. Bolton manager Ian Evatt was also shown red shortly after.

The Cod Army made a further number of changes, introducing Phoenix Patterson, Maleace Asamoah and Junior Quitirna, and the Cods were able to reduce to deficit by one with Earl netting in a header from a corner in added time - but one that would only serve as a consolation goal.

Town XI: Lynch (GK), Johnston, Robertson (Patterson 74’) Vela, Broom (Asamoah 79’) Marriott (Graydon 46’) Omochere (Quitirna 79’), Hayes (Mayor 46’), Nsiala, Rooney, Earl 

Subs not used: McMullan (GK), Teale 

Bolton Wanderers: Baxter (GK), Jones, Iredale, Thomason (Sheehan 46’) Santos, Charles, Dacres-Cogley, Adeboyej (Nlundulu 69’) Maghoma (Mendes Gomes 69’), Dempsey (Morley 59’) Williams (Ashworth 69’)

Subs not used: Forrester, Jerome 

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