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20 July 2021 Venue County Ground, Leyland Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Preston North End
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2nd Half
Bolton Wanderers
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5-3-2
  • 25
    Connor Ripley
    GK
  • 2
    Sepp van den Berg
    DF
  • 3
    Josh Earl
    DF
  • 5
    Patrick Bauer
    DF
  • 7
    Tom Bayliss
    MF
  • 15
    Joe Rafferty
    DF
  • 24
    Seani Maguire
    FW
  • 30
    Jack Baxter
    DF
  • 31
    Scott Sinclair
    FW
  • 35
    Lewis Leigh
    MF
  • 44
    Brad Potts
    MF

Substitutes

  • 28
    Matt Hudson
    SUB
  • 6
    Liam Lindsay
    SUB
  • 14
    Jordan Storey
    SUB
  • 16
    Andrew Hughes
    SUB
  • 17
    Ben Whiteman
    SUB
  • 18
    Ryan Ledson
    SUB
  • 19
    Emil Riis
    SUB
  • 26
    Ched Evans
    SUB
  • 29
    Tom Barkhuizen
    SUB
  • 33
    Ethan Walker
    SUB
  • 36
    Noah Mawene
    SUB
  • 37
    Greg Cunningham
    SUB
  • 38
    Josh Seary
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Frankie McAvoy

4-4-2
  • 12
    Joel Dixon
    GK
  • 2
    Gethin Jones
    DF
  • 4
    MJ Williams
    DF
  • 5
    Ricardo Santos
    DF
  • 8
    Josh Sheehan
    DF
  • 10
    Antoni Sarcevic
    MF
  • 11
    Amadou Bakayoko
    MF
  • 14
    Xavier Amaechi
    MF
  • 17
    Oladapo Afolayan
    MF
  • 27
    Alex Baptiste
    FW
  • 29
    Liam Gordon
    FW

Substitutes

  • 7
    Nathan Delfouneso
    SUB
  • 15
    Will Aimson
    SUB
  • 18
    Andrew Tutte
    SUB
  • 21
    Harry Brockbank
    SUB
  • 25
    George Thomason
    SUB
  • 30
    Ronan Darcy
    SUB
  • 34
    Adam Senior
    SUB
  • 40
    Max Conway
    SUB
  • -
    Luke Hutchinson
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Ian Evatt

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Match Previews

Bolton Wanderers Match Preview

20 July 2021

Bolton Wanderers are next up on Preston North End’s pre-season schedule, with the two facing each other at the County Ground in Leyland on Tuesday evening.

The 7pm kick-off marks the first time that PNE supporters will be able to watch their team in action since March 2020, with ticket availability now running low from the 1,100 allocation.

As of Monday afternoon, 90 tickets were left on sale and supporters can purchase any remaining tickets through the club’s ticket office at Deepdale, over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online at www.mypne.com.

Adult tickets are priced at £10, while concessions can gain entry for £5.

Please note, supporters who do not pick their tickets up from Deepdale by 3pm on Tuesday will need to collect from the County Ground on the evening of the game.

This fixture is ticket only and gates will open at 6pm, with a range of hot and cold drinks available inside the ground, while a new fanzone at the stadium will be open until 9.30pm.

Car parking is available only for blue badge holders at the ground and the Lancashire FA suggest for others to park on the King Street Car Park which is free of charge after 6pm.

While it is not compulsory for entry to the stadium, supporters attending the fixture are advised to take a lateral flow test prior to the game for the safety of all those attending. Fans who test positive or are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 must not travel to the match.

This friendly will mark each side’s fourth game of their 2021/22 preparations and they both head into this one unbeaten so far.

PNE enter the fixture following their Scotland pre-season camp which consisted of a victory at Celtic Park and a draw against St Johnstone, and before that they beat Bamber Bridge 8-3.

Whereas Bolton have come out on top against both Longridge Town and Atherton Colleries so far, but they were held to a 1-1 draw last weekend against FC United of Manchester.

Ian Evatt’s side have three more friendlies to play until their League One campaign gets underway on 7th August at home to MK Dons, with games against Barrow and Blackburn Rovers to follow the PNE tie.

Bolton, who earned promotion from League Two last season, have a couple of former Lilywhites in their squad in the form of Alex Baptiste and Eoin Doyle, but the latter will be unable to feature after testing positive for Covid-19.

Due to the facilities at the County Ground, this game will not be streamed live, although a full match replay and highlights will be available on iFollow PNE in the following days.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Preston North End 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

20 July 2021

PNE suffered their first defeat of pre-season as Bolton Wanderers came out on top at a packed out County Ground.

Gethin Jones opened the scoring for the Trotters 51 minutes in and that proved to be the only goal of the game.

1,100 North End supporters were in attendance in Leyland as they got the first chance to watch their team play since March 2020, and in glorious weather conditions too.

Frankie McAvoy included Jack Baxter and goalkeeper Connor Ripley for the first time in pre-season, while Patrick Bauer took the captain’s armband.

North End can perhaps feel hard done by that they weren’t awarded a penalty inside five minutes, as Sean Maguire kickstarted an attack with a lovely flick, which ended with Scott Sinclair, who went down under pressure from Ricardo Santos, but referee Jeremy Simpson waved away the appeals.

Bolton almost opened the scoring moments later with a free-kick from 20 yards, but Ripley did well to tip Xavier Amaechi’s effort round the post.

On the half hour mark, Sinclair was again asking questions of the referee, this time being sandwiched between two Bolton players inside the area, but again Simpson didn’t give him the decision.

The Trotters had an array of chances in the five minutes before the break, firstly through Josh Sheehan who tested Ripley. His save fell kindly for Sarcevic, however he blazed his effort over the crossbar.

After Jones then fired a shot across the face of goal, Ripley was required again to produce a stunning double stop, firstly to keep out Sheehan once more before springing back to his feet to dive in front of Sarcevic’s shot from just more than six yards.

North End came close themselves through Ethan Walker, a 39th-minute substitute, as he cut inside onto his right foot to curl an effort towards the far corner, but it landed just wide and the sides went into half-time goalless.

Mathew Hudson replaced Ripley at the break and before he knew it he was having to pick the ball up out of his goal, with Gethin Jones firing an effort home from the edge of the area to break the deadlock.

Hudson made a fantastic save to deny Bolton a second, as his fingertips prevented Oladapo Afolayan’s curling shot from reaching the top corner.

The game became heated around the 60-minute mark, as three players went into the book, with 17-year-old Lewis Leigh being shown a yellow card for a strong challenge on Bolton’s Jones, who was also shown a yellow card for his reaction, before Afolayan received the same punishment for dissent.

Sean Maguire tried his luck down the other end on 66 minutes, seeing his effort comfortably saved by Joel Dixon, and that was his last action as Frankie McAvoy rung the changes, swapping all of the outfield players.

Two of the men to come on, Emil Riis and Ched Evans, almost combined for an equaliser, with the Danish forward showing good feet to turn his man and cross for his strike partner, but Evans couldn’t quite get the connection he wanted.

That was about that for PNE in the final stages, though, as they fell to a first defeat of pre-season.

Starting XI: Ripley (Hudson, 46), van den Berg, Earl, Bauer, Bayliss, Rafferty, Maguire, Baxter (Walker, 39), Sinclair, Leigh, Potts.

Full-time XI: Hudson, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Cunningham, Whiteman, Ledson, Mawene, Barkhuizen, Evans, Riis.

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