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REPORT: Stanley 2 Bolton Wanderers 3

Reds race into two-goal lead but Wanderers secure win with second half fightback

22 October 2022

Match Reports

REPORT: Stanley 2 Bolton Wanderers 3

Reds race into two-goal lead but Wanderers secure win with second half fightback

22 October 2022

Accrington Stanley surrendered a 2-0 lead as Bolton Wanderers scored three second half goals to take the points at the Wham Stadium.

Stanley hadn’t scored for two league games but took the lead through Shaun Whalley before an own goal made it 2-0 on 48 minutes.

However Bolton came back strongly in the second half and secured their first win at the Wham in four attempts.

Ex-Reds Dion Charles and James Trafford were in the Bolton starting XI and Man City loan keeper Trafford was in action immediately, on three minutes.

A goalkick was charged down by former Wanderer Joe Pritchard and the goalie had to rush back to punch the high ball and stop it going in the net.

Stanley opened the scoring on eight minutes when Pritchard clipped the ball forward, charged after it and played in a cross to the waiting Whalley who fired past Trafford for his first Stanley goal since his return to the club. He raced to celebrate with Coleman.

Harvey Rodgers fired a low hard shot which Trafford scrambled into his arms while Bolton were struggling to test Toby Savin, both Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Lloyd Isgrove unable to find the target.

Savin’s first real action was to keep out a Kyle Dempsey free kick in the 34th minute and, just before end of the half, Dempsey’s strike was kept out by the Stanley keeper with Mitch Clark taking the ball off the feet of Charles as he looked like he would fire into the empty net.

At the start of the second half, Whalley forced a save out of Trafford who pushed the ball out and Sean McConville just couldn’t make contact with the rebound.

The Reds went 2-0 up on 48 minutes when a Doug Tharme long throw found  Ethan Hamilton who lept with George Johnston and the ball ended into the top corner of the net. The goal was credited to a Bolton own goal although Hamilton said he had the last touch.

Hamilton had a header cleared off the line by Ricardo Santos a minute later while, at the other end, Bodvarsson headed off-target.

Bolton got back in it on 56 minutes when a free kick was headed back across the goal by Johnston and it hit Harvey Rodgers and bounced into the net.

Savin then did superbly to keep out a strike from Oladapo Afolayan, the follow-up from Kieran Lee and then Johnston’s goalbound effort from the resulting corner.

However he could do nothing about the equaliser on 71 minutes when sub Elias Kachunga clipped the ball across the goal and Lee was there at the far post to tap into the empty net.

Charles hit the side netting before Bolton got the winner on 75 minutes. A long ball forward found Afolayan and he raced forward, made space for himself on the edge of the area and fired low into the net.

Stanley pressed in seven minutes of added on time but couldn't find the equaliser.


Stanley: Savin, Clark, Tharme, Astley, Rodgers, McConville (Longelo), Hamilton, Coyle, Whalley (Delfouneso), Pritchard, Leigh

Subs: Jensen, Nolan, Sisay, Martin, Fernandes

Yellow: Clark, Whalley, McConville, Rodgers

Crowd: 4829 (2615)

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