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League One Wanderers Notch Narrow Bootham Win

Posted: Sat 23 Jul 2016
Author: Niall Cope
Image by: Simon Davies

Phil Parkinson's side run out winners...

LEAGUE One side Bolton Wanderers recorded a 2-0 victory on their pre-season visit to Bootham Crescent on Saturday afternoon.

An early Mark Davies strike and late penalty from Jamie Proctor sealed the win for Phil Parkinson's side, despite the match being a fairly even contest throughout.

City had looked bright for long periods against a full-strength Wanderers side and were unfortunate not to score on the day, with Scott Fenwick's wasting the best opportunity as his spot kick was saved by Mark Howard in the away goal.

Despite Jackie McNamara’s side beginning positively in North Yorkshire, it was the visitors who took the lead in just the third minute when a loose ball fell kindly into the path of Davies who fired powerfully into the bottom corner.

It was a shock to the system for the Minstermen who had kept clean sheets in their two previous friendlies and youngster Zach Clough almost doubled the lead soon after with a drilled shot across goal before Davies saw a goalbound effort from distance deflect just wide.

City had played well for much of the first 45 minutes and went close to scoring on a couple of occasions themselves, with Scott Fenwick inches away from applying a touch to Aidan Connolly’s whipped cross from the left, while Daniel Nti almost turned provider for the latter as he fired a yard wide on the edge-of-the-area.

McNamara kept faith with his starting line-up at the start of the second half as they looked equalise but it took a world class save from Trialist in the Minstermen goal to thwart former Crewe Alexandra forward Max Clayton from adding a second for the visitors with a bullet header from close range.

Having been more than a match for their opponents, City had a golden opportunity to level the match on the hour mark as a clumsy challenge by Howard on Connolly just inside the area gave referee Ross Joyce no option but to point to the spot. The impressive Fenwick stepped up to take the penalty but saw his 12-yard effort expertly saved by the ‘keeper low down to his left.

A flurry of substitutes ensued moments later as McNamara looked to give more members of his squad game time ahead of the new season starting two weeks today and in the 64th minute, one of those introductions, Yan Klukowski, fired narrowly wide from just outside the area, while Franklyn Clarke did likewise three minutes later.

As the game headed towards the final 20 minutes, Max Clayton saw an effort from deflect inches over the bar before Reece Thompson almost diverted Fenwick’s drive past the committed Howard.

With just three minutes of the encounter remaining, Wanderers added a second to the scoreline with the final real action when, following a foul by Matt Fry on Jamie Proctor, the former Bradford City forward dusted himself down and sent Flinders the wrong way from the resulting spot kick.