Bolton vs Bradford
Leasing.com Trophy Nth Group F
7:00pm Tuesday 3rd September
University of Bolton Stadium
Bradford City win 4-3 on penalties.
Penalty shootout beats are meant to be heartbreaking. For Bolton a week ago, Tuesday night has been a reason for celebration.
Despite the 4-3 reverse, even for those thousands of fans that flocked into the first home match because Football Ventures’ powerful takeover, it felt as a substantial milestone following a 1-1 draw at home to Bradford.
It might have only been a Leasing.com Trophy match – the significance of which was emphasized by Bolton fielding the youngest team in their background – but it represented a fresh start for its 9,062 who headed to the University of Bolton Stadium, penalizing kick-off by 10 minutes.
Long queues formed out an hour prior to the start as hope sprung eternal for fans who’ve experienced their fair share of misery throughout the last couple of years only hours last week.
That confidence has been put on supervisor Keith Hill’s shoulders and David Flitcroft – both Bolton bred and born – that made a brief appearance before the beginning on the pitch.
The pair relinquished responsibilities to former caretaker Jimmy Phillips, that picked a team with a mean age of 19 to confront.
“It’s almost a type of rebirth of Bolton Wanderers with the takeover last week,” said Phillips later. “We stopped the rot in a losing string of matches and we have a new supervisor and assistant and the crowd were fantastic .
“I believe they were really encouraged by the operation and everybody will have left this scene with expectation for the future and it is set up for the very first team to find some more points on the plank in their next league game.”
Each of Bolton’s beginning XI had played some role in a opening to the season which had seen a team out of their depth devoting five objectives in each of the last four matches.
However, they showed no as they were energised from the feeling and when a huge cheer greeted the winning of their attacking throw, they appeared to grow in prestige.
Wanderers’ goal in the eighth second was a believer for the optimism flowing throughout the bar.
Dennis Politic, whose previous claim to fame was scoring an 45-yard lob which went viral on social media while on loan in Salford City last season, confidently produced two or 3 stepovers before unleashing a 25-yard shot which goalkeeper Sam Hornby took a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Fifteen minutes into the match, fans were still streaming into the lower tier of the Nat Lofthouse Stand, belatedly opened after the other two sides of this ground filled up, and they had been greeted by a party setting, with a passing of ownership seeing each pass followed by an”Ole” in the audience.
Following their problems both off the area and on – drawn one of their games this year and with lost five – Wanderers were the great chance of Jordan Gibson and Harry Pritchard possibly hitting the article for Bradford.
Even setbacks were greeted with positivity like Paudie O’Connor’s equalising header six minutes following half-time brought a roar from the home supporters which drowned out the small band of travelling supporters.
The ground, such as the club, buzzed with electricity having been on life care days’Wanderers we adore you’ and’Wanderers till I die’ reverberated around the scene. Their enthusiasm couldn’t dampen. Both teams picked up a point in the category, together with Bradford earning a bonus point.
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