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Preview: Barrow v Bolton Wanderers

23 July 2021

We bring you everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's pre-season friendly against Bolton Wanderers at Holker Street.

Barrow v Bolton Wanderers
Saturday 24th July 2021, 3pm
Holker Street
Pre-Season Friendly

The Opposition
Bolton Wanderers are preparing for their return to League One after winning automatic promotion at the end of a dramatic 2020/21 campaign.

Former Bluebirds boss Ian Evatt endured a challenging start to his tenure at The University of Bolton Stadium and The Trotters were fighting nearer the base of the League Two table in the early months of the season.

However, a hugely successful New Year recruitment drive helped Wanderers to find their best form and an astonishing sequence of 13 wins out of 15 from the end of January through to March saw them drive into promotion contention.

The triumph marked the end of a dismal few years for Bolton fans, who saw their team slip through the Championship down to the fourth tier on the back of successive relegations.

One To Watch
Amadou Bakayoko has impressed the Wanderers’ hierarchy since joining the club on a two-year deal during the summer following his departure from Coventry City.

A hard-working and physical front man, Bakayoko struck his first Trotters’ goal during their friendly win over Longridge Town and has been backed to prosper in Wanderers colours by boss Ian Evatt.

The Sierra Leone born attacker spent three years at Coventry, during which time he played almost 100 games and became a big fans’ favourite.

Barrow fans can still buy tickets online for Saturday’s game by clicking here now.

We will also be selling tickets (card payment only) from the Club Shop and from our Pop-Up Ticket Office in the Fan Zone when our doors open from 12noon on Saturday. However, fans are advised to buy online in advance where possible to avoid queuing.

Buying online allows you to download an e-ticket to your smartphone to be scanned at the turnstiles or print a physical ticket to bring with you.

Click here now to buy your ticket for Saturday’s game.

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Match Reports

Barrow Beaten By Bolton In Friendly

24 July 2021

A photograph of Dimitri Sea attempting an overhead kick for Barrow against Bolton Wanderers Ian Allington
Dimitri Sea goes close for Barrow with an overhead kick against Bolton Wanderers

Barrow’s return to Holker Street ended in defeat as Oladapo Afolayan’s first half goal was enough to hand Bolton Wanderers a pre-season friendly win on Saturday.

The Trotters’ forward pounced just before half time to score the only goal of the game but Mark Cooper’s men gave another good account of themselves and can feel hard done by not to have at least snatched a draw.

Bolton looked the brighter of the two sides in the early stages, but Barrow began to settle as time wore on and could have gone in front inside ten minutes only for Josh Gordon’s header to flash wide of the front post after a great delivery from the right from Remeao Hutton.

The Bluebirds continued to look the more threatening and caused some real problems for the Wanderers’ rearguard with some inventive play down both flanks and good delivery into the area.

Matt Platt came close to opening the scoring from a right-wing corner when he got up highest to meet the ball, but his looping header dropped just wide of the far post.

The Trotters stole in front five minutes before the break though; Oladapo Afolayan applied the finishing touch from close range after good work from Eoin Doyle.

The second half was punctuated with a smattering of substitutions for both sides as Mark Cooper and Ian Evatt both looked to get minutes into their players’ legs ahead of the big kick-off.

As a result, the fluency of the game was affected and clear-cut chances were few and far between, though Josh Sheehan did fire just over the bar for the visitors.

Barrow almost snatched a brilliant equaliser on 76 minutes when the ball bounced around dangerously inside the Bolton box before Dimitri Sea let fly with an astonishing overhead kick which drew a fantastic save from former Holker Street favourite Joel Dixon.

Sea again caused problems a few minutes later when he found space in the area but the ball was again clawed away by Dixon before Josh Kay’s follow-up effort was blocked by a defender.

Full Time: Barrow 0 Bolton Wanderers 1

Barrow: Farman, Hutton (Kay 62), Platt, Ellis (Brown 62), Ntlhe (Grayson 62), Brough (Burns 74), Beadling (Devitt 62), Banks (Taylor 62), White, Gordon (James 62), Trialist (Sea 46).
Subs not used: Lillis, Moloney.
Booked: Brown.

Bolton Wanderers: Dixon, Jones (Crawford 77), Brockbank, Baptiste (Senior 77), John (Gordon 68), Williams (Sarcevic 55), Lee (Sheehan 55), Thomason (Bakayoko 68), Delfouneso (Darcy 59), Afolayan (Politic 63), Doyle (Tutte 68).
Subs not used: Hutchinson.

Booked: Williams.

Referee: Marc Edwards

Attendance: 1,918

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