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28 September 2018 Venue Oakwell Attendance

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Barnsley U23
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Bolton Wanderers U23
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U23s | PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Bolton

27 September 2018

Barnsley U23s host Bolton Wanderers on Friday afternoon and are aiming to put Monday’s 3-0 loss at Nottingham Forest behind them.

The young Reds can take encouragement from their performance, despite the heavy score line, as they dominated for large periods of the game but were unable to break down a resolute Forest backline.

“We’re looking to bounce back,” insisted Sam Fielding. “It’s a shame about Monday – we did well in the first half, it was just a case of taking our chances, which has been the same throughout the whole season really. Hopefully we can change that on Friday and put some goals in the back of the net.”

Bolton come into the clash at Oakwell on the back of a 2-0 victory over Leeds United, with goals from Dennis Politic and Stephen Duke-McKenna either side of the interval enough for all three points.

Prior to that win, the Trotters had lost two and drawn one of their last three games having collected maximum points from their opening three fixtures of the Professional Development League campaign.

“I’ve heard they’ve been a physical team this year,” continued Fielding. “They were a good team last year; we put up a good fight against them and went 3-0 up, but they came back and won 4-3 so we obviously know what they’re capable of and I assume they’re going to be the same this year, so we’ve just got to be prepared for them.”

Following Crewe Alexandra’s 1-0 victory over high flying Birmingham City on Monday, the Reds have slipped back to the foot of the table but can climb a couple of places with victory over Bolton.

David Lee’s side are currently third, one point behind both Sheffield United and Leeds, and can potentially rise to the summit, depending on results elsewhere.

Last time out on the main Oakwell pitch, Martin Devaney’s side blew Crewe away with three goals in the opening eight minutes, and Fielding is hoping for a similar beginning against the Trotters. 

“We always start games well and score early doors, it’s just a case of switching on for the whole 90 minutes and seeing games out,” said the Reds’ defender. “We’ve done it against Coventry and Crewe, so it’s whether we can start doing it consistently. If we can, I’m sure we’ll be alright.

“I can always hope that we’ll get a good start because of the fast players we’ve got up front and the liveliness they’ve got, so I’m confident that we can start the same way we did against Crewe.

“If we can sort the defensive mistakes out throughout the whole team and switch on for the 90 minutes then we can get the three points.”

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Match Reports

U23s | REPORT: Barnsley 1-0 Bolton

28 September 2018

Amir Berkovits struck a dramatic late winner as Barnsley U23s beat Bolton Wanderers at Oakwell on Friday afternoon.

The young winger, introduced from the bench midway through the second half, latched onto Gerry McDonagh’s shot before rounding James Aspinall and slotting home five minutes from time.

It was no less than Martin Devaney’s side deserved against last season’s Professional Development League champions, as they picked up their third win in four games.

Barnsley started brightly, and had an opportunity to open the scoring early on when Jordan Williams burst clear down the right and drilled a low ball into the box, but McDonagh was unable to flick home at the near post.

The visitors then came close to making a breakthrough when Stephen Duke-McKenna, fresh from scoring against Leeds United on Monday, lashed narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

McDonagh then met Ben Williams’ deep cross but couldn’t quite divert his header towards goal, before Joe Pritchard bent a ferocious effort inches over Jake Greatorex’ goal as both sides looked to steal a march as the first half wore on.

The Reds had the ball in the back of the net eight minutes before the interval, but the officials ruled it out for a foul on Aspinall and the two teams went in level at half-time.

Again, Barnsley started well and McDonagh showed quick feet 25-yards out before seeing his fierce drive deflect off Tai-Reece Chisholm and behind for a goal kick.

Trialist then worked the ball neatly down the left flank before weaving into the area and unleashing a shot that flew just over the crossbar as Devaney’s side continued to look for a foothold in the game.

Just before the hour mark, the Reds were awarded a penalty when Ben Williams was toppled inside the area, but McDonagh saw his spot kick saved superbly well by Aspinall, who then reacted quickly to deny Jared Bird’s follow up.

Jasper Moon came close to converting Berkovits’ pin-point corner before McDonagh was again thwarted by Aspinall after turning neatly in the box.

Devaney introduced 15-year-old Aiden Marsh with eight minutes remaining in a bid to add a more attacking edge to his side. It had the desired effect as Berkovits reacted quickest to McDonagh’s miscued strike to casually round the onrushing Aspinall and fire the Reds into a deserved late lead.

There was still time for the visitors to make it an uncomfortable last few minutes as they poured forward in search of an equaliser, but the Reds’ backline stood strong and repelled everything Bolton threw at them to hang on for a valuable, hard-fought three points.


REDS XI: Greatorex, Wardle (Marsh, 82), Fielding, Moon, Trialist (Berkovits, 62), J. Williams, Otim, Bird (c), B. Williams, Chisholm, McDonagh.

Not used: Helliwell, Barnett, Walsh.

BOLTON XI: Aspinall, Muscatt, Earing, Brockbank (c), Zouma, Wood, Politic (Argent-Barnes, 73), Connell, Duke-McKenna, Pritchard, Dyer (Navarro, 73).

Not used: Jones-Griffiths, James

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