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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.
Shootout defeats are supposed to be heartbreaking. A club on the brink of extinction , for Bolton a week Tuesday night’s was a cause for celebration.
Following a 1-1 draw at home to Bradford, Regardless of the 4-3 reverse, it still felt as a substantial milestone for those thousands of fans who flocked because Football Ventures’ takeover.
It may have just been a Leasing.com Trophy match – the significance of which was emphasized by Bolton fielding the youngest group in their history – but it symbolized a fresh start for its 9,062 who headed to the University of Bolton Stadium, penalizing kick-off by 10 minutes.
Long queues formed away from liquidation as hope sprung eternal for lovers who’ve had their share of misery during the last few years, with the club only hours prior to the beginning last week.
That confidence has been set on manager Keith Hill’s shoulders and helper David Flitcroft – equally Bolton bred and born – who made a brief appearance prior to the start.
The group relinquished duties to previous caretaker Jimmy Phillips, that chose on a group to confront a Bradford side who made seven modifications.
“It’s almost a sort of rebirth of all Bolton Wanderers using the takeover last week,” said Phillips later. “We stopped the rot in a losing sequence of games and we’ve got a new supervisor and assistant and the crowd were fantastic .
“I believe they have been really encouraged by the operation and everybody will have abandoned this stadium with expectation for its future and it is set up well for the first team to have some more things on the board in their second league match.”
All of Bolton’s starting XI had played some role in a demoralising opening into the season that had seen a group woefully out of the thickness, through no fault of their own, concede five goals in each of their last four matches.
However, they revealed no ill-effects from these pummellings as the feeling that the slate had been wiped clean too, energised them and they appeared to visibly increase in prestige , when a enormous cheer greeted the winning of the attacking throw.
Wanderers’ goal in the eighth second has been a believer for its optimism now 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 at Salford City last season, confidently produced two or 3 stepovers prior to unlocking a 25-yard shot which goalkeeper Sam Hornby took a hand to but could not stand out.
Twenty minutes to the match, fans were streaming into the lower tier of the Nat Lofthouse Stand, belatedly opened after the other two sides of this ground stuffed up, and they had been greeted by a party setting, with a passage of possession seeing every pass followed with an”Ole” from the audience.
Following their recent problems off both the field and on – with lost five and drawn one of their matches this season – Wanderers were the great fortune of Jordan Gibson and Harry Pritchard both hitting on the post for Bradford.
Reverses were greeted with positivity as Paudie O’Connor’s equalising header half an hour after 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 with been on life care days past as’Wanderers you are loved by us’ and’Wanderers until I die’ reverberated round the stadium. Even defeat on penalties could not dampen their enthusiasm. Both teams picked up a stage in the group, with Bradford for winning on penalties, making a bonus point.
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