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Match preview - FA Cup weekend spent in Bolton

30 November 2023

Match Previews

Match preview - FA Cup weekend spent in Bolton

30 November 2023

It's a break from league action this weekend when Simon Weaver & his players travel to Bolton Wanderers with a spot in the FA Cup third round up for grabs.


Confidence will be high amongst the squad too after the spirited comeback in midweek that saw them take a point against Wrexham in front of a season high attendance, but Simon Weaver’s side face a difficult task against the League One pacesetters.

Our opponents

Wanderers currently sit top of League One, with 39 points from 18 games, looking to go a step further than last season when they were defeated in the playoffs. This is their third season back in League One after earning automatic promotion from League Two in the 2020/21 season, Town’s first season in the EFL.

They come into the game in red hot form, with Tuesday’s goalless draw at Oxford ending a run of eight consecutive wins in all competitions. The result did preserve their clean sheet streak however, stretching that particular run to seven games.

Ian Evatt is the man in charge, a familiar face to both Simon Weaver and Town fans from his time as manager at both Bolton and Barrow, with both sides promoted to the Football League at the end of the curtailed 2019/20 season.

The two previous meetings between Town and Bolton in 2020/21 saw Wanderers record a pair of 2-1 victories. Eoin Doyle and Nathan Delfouneso netted either side of half-time before George Thomson pulled a goal back for Town in the opening fixture played at Doncaster Rovers’ stadium, with the return game seeing Doyle net the winner with fifteen minutes remaining after Town took a first-half lead.

FA Cup spotlight

Town’s win away to Marine in round one makes it five seasons in succession that they have made it beyond the first round, and they will be looking to make the third round for the second ever time after reaching that stage in 2021/22.

Wanderers made it through to round two courtesy of a comfortable 4-0 home win against Solihull Moors. They have four FA Cup final victories to their name, last winning the competition in 1958 to add to their three triumphs back in the 1920’s, as well as being runners-up three times.

Ones to watch

Bolton have had a largely settled and consistent starting side this season. Dion Charles has continued where he left off last season and has hit double figures in goals already.

Josh Sheehan has five assists from midfield with George Thomason also impressing.

Ricardo Santos is a strong presence at the back in front of Nathan Baxter, who arrived from Chelsea in the summer.

Wanderers will hope to have both Randell Williams and Zac Ashworth back in contention after the pair missed recent weeks through injury.

Team news

Town continue to be without Mark Oxley, Toby Sims, Sam Folarin & James Daly but will hope for better news in relation to Matty Daly and Levi Sutton who have both rejoined full training.

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