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Season 2002-03
Bolton (a) Premier Reserve League (North)
Date: Monday 7th April 2003, 7.00pm 

Venue: Gigg Lane

Sunny night, pitch bumpy but better than the grass-free beach that confronted us a couple of seasons ago.

3 in.

Bolton Wanderers Reserves

3 - 2 Newcastle United Reserves


32 mins Cort shot 1-0

Half time: Bolton 0 Newcastle Reserves 1

54 mins Johnson
shot 1-1

63 mins Niven
shot 1-2

82 mins Bird
deceives Caig with a fine lob 1-3

90 mins Cort
header 2-3

Full time: Bolton 3 Newcastle Reserves 2

We Said

Tommy Craig commented:

"I'm disappointed that we conceded four at Aston Villa recently and another three at Bolton. We're always likely to score goals but our defending wasn't what it should be, as was proved by both games.

"If we defend like that we're going to cause ourselves problems. We were the best team in the first half and led 1-0 at the break. If we'd have kept a clean sheet in the second half we'd have won the game. The manner in which we conceded three goals was a concern for me."

"Lewis Guy had a very good game. His running off the ball was excellent and he managed to set up Carl Cort's first goal. And right-back was an area I wanted to have a look at Steven Taylor in and he did OK there."


In front of a sparse crowd at Bury's Gigg Lane ground, Carl Cort scored twice and went close with two other efforts, but still ended up on the losing side as poor defending cost United dear.

Newcastle never looked comfortable or fluent on a bumpy pitch but they took the lead just before the half hour after Bolton had made all the running and tested our keeper Caig several times.

Cort robbed Barness on the right flank before exchanging passes with Lewis Guy and unleashed a stinging low drive from just inside the area that went in under the keeper.

It was all square nine minutes into the second half when Jermaine Johnson finished in similar style to Cort, after Quinn had carelessly given the ball away.

Bolton went ahead after 63 minutes when a left-wing cross was headed down by Chris Armstrong to the unmarked Derek Niven, converting from six yards out.

The home side secured the victory in the 82nd minute when sub Michael Bird deceived Caig with a fine lob.

Cort then scored his sixth of the season at this level with a cushioned header from a Brittain corner that went in via a post.

However it was too little too late as the referee blew seconds later.

And it was a bitterly disappointed Tommy Craig who bemoaned his side's lack of alertness at the back and inability to cope with an average Bolton side in the second half.

Steven Taylor performed reasonably well in an unfamiliar right back role, as did Stephen Brennan, pushed forward to right midfield. However the performance (or lack of it) from Wayne Quinn almost defied description - like a half-pace Bassedas if that were possible. 



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