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Season 2007-08
Bolton Wanderers (a) Premier Reserve League (North)

Date: Tuesday 18th March 2008, 7.11pm

 Lancashire FA, Leyland




Bolton Reserves

Newcastle Reserves


2 - 2




11mins Gbemie shot 0-1

Half time: Wanderers 1 Newcastle 0

Thompson shot 0-2

Ameobi header 1-2

Baheng shot 2-2

Full time: Wanderers 2 Newcastle 2

We Said

Adam Sadler commented:

"I've spoken before about the team spirit and team ethic here and about fighting until the bitter end.

"We didn't play as well as we have in recent weeks but we didn't give up and have scored two very good goals.

"Shola's was a great header and Wesley has came off the bench and showed he can always be a threat, he's getting better game by game and showed the quality we needed.

"Peter Ramage has shown a great attitude and looked in control. I'm delighted he did well and in front of Kevin Keegan, Terry McDermott and Chris Hughton who were there to watch."

The returning Peter Ramage added:

"I am dying to get back to the first team picture - it has been a long seven months. It's great to be back and good to play that first game.

"It's been a long time, a frustrating time for me especially the way the season has gone. For me personally it was just great to play again and everything was fine.

"All I want to do now is be part of the team that gets out of trouble in the Premier League for Newcastle. The aim is to finish on a high and hopefully I can help the team finish well and get out of this situation."

"We showed great spirit and we stole a point in the end. The spirit was a bit like the first team on Monday night and everybody battled to get a point. Shola Ameobi scored a fantastic header and Wes Ngo Baheng popped up with an important goal..

But the whole team deserves credit for the way they battled.

"At Birmingham we couldn't lose and we didn't, there were plenty of positives. In the first half on Monday we did OK and in the second half we improved. We deserved a point overall."


In front of a watching Kevin Keegan, our reserves were bidding to extend their winning league run to three games at Lancashire FA's Leyland ground on Tuesday evening.

And although we trailed by two goals at the end of the ninety minutes, goals from Shola Ameobi and Wesley Ngo Baheng in added time salvaged a point.

Coach Adam Sadler paired debutant Lamine Diatta in the central of our back four, alongside fit -again Peter Ramage.

Newcastle were on top in the early stages, with Andy Carroll twice coming close to adding to his tally and Shola Ameobi also having an effort chalked off for a foul.

However the Trotters grabbed the opener just before the interval when Liberian-born youngster David Gbemie forced the ball home.

It got worse for Newcastle when the home side doubled their lead with Leslie Thompson beating Forster with just 11 minutes remaining.

However bottom-of-the-table Bolton were unable to hold on for only their second victory of the season as Ameobi headed home Doninger's free kick in the 91st minute. 
And Frenchman Baheng then scored his third goal in as many reserve games in the 93rd minute as he seized on a loose ball and converted.

While Ramage looked understandably rusty after his absence through injury, less reassuring was the pedestrian performance of Diatta - who on this evidence looks to have little to offer to the first team in our remaining fixtures.

And while some news sources ran lines like "Amoebi shines" the day after this game, they obviously didn't witness his lack-lustre wanderings. The stats will show he scored, but there was nowt else going on here as again the striker looked uninterested in showing anything to the watching KK.
PS: Academy 'keeper Max Johnson (signed from Bury last October) got a first call-up at this level and was an unused sub.


(with thanks to Andy G for updates, when he wasn't explaining the finer points of the offside rule to his three year-old son Woody, attending his first Newcastle game. The poor bugger.)


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