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Season 2004-05
Bolton Wanderers Res (h) Premier Reserve League North
Date: Monday 14th March 2005, 7pm

Venue: Kingston Park

damp, dreary, dismal


Newcastle United

0 - 1 Bolton


14 mins Vaz Te 0-1

Half time: Newcastle 0 Bolton 1

Full time: Newcastle 0 Bolton 1


Lacking first team squad reinforcements due to our busy league and cup campaigns, coach Tommy Craig was forced to field a glorified youth team side on Monday evening.

And although they lost by a single goal on a wet and miserable night at Kingston Park, there was no lack of effort from the toon youngsters.

Frustratingly for the small crowd though, United proved incapable of fashioning decent goalscoring opportunities, despite having the likes of O'Brien, McClen and Brittain in midfield.
Portuguese striker Ricardo Vaz Te scored from close range for the visitors on 14 minutes.

By then though time we had already been forced to reshuffle our lineup, U15 striker Mark Doninger coming in for his debut after Carl Finnigan went off with a broken nose on seven minutes.

Both Doninger and strike partner Marc Walton had half-chances in a first half that we shaded, with Liam Atkin's shot past the post on 40 minutes and Kris Gate's long range strike in added time being our best efforts. 

A further change had been required before the interval when Martin Brittain left the field to be replaced by Nicky Deverdics and within 10 minutes of the restart we'd used all three subs as Michael Terrell made his debut at this level in place of Daryl Smylie.

In a forgettable second period United seldom looked like getting back on level terms, while Bolton started to stretch our defence with long balls forward to their strikers and came close to sealing victory on a couple of occasions in the final stages. 

So another forgettable night for the smallest crowd yet to watch a reserve game at Kingston Park (our other recent lower attendances being for games staged at other venues.)

We're still to win a reserve game in 2005 after six attempts and show precious little sign of changing that record - and on nights like these it's hard to make a case for playing these games, never mind watching them.....



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