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Report: Bolton Wanderers U21s 3-1 Burnley U21s

31 March 2015

Burnley’s young development squad were defeated 3-1 at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday afternoon.

Striker Ntumba Massanka scored the Clarets solitary goal of the game early on, before Bolton turned the game around in the first half.

The friendly, which took place at Bolton’s Academy Training Ground in Lostock, was played in treacherous conditions and proved to be a difficult challenge for the untried, youthful line-up.

Like the weather, the Clarets started the game brightly, taking the lead in the seventh minute through Massanka, who weaved past the Trotters’ defence before perfectly finding the bottom corner from 18-yards.

Jamie Frost came close to doubling Burnley’s lead just three minutes later. With the ball bobbling in around the box, Frost collected the ball just six-yards out, but his effort was tame and the goalkeeper gathered.

Fourteen minutes into the game, Wanderers levelled emphatically.

The Bolton midfielder found possession after the ball was half-cleared, before a wonder strike flew into the top corner to score the equaliser.

As the weather got gloomier, so did Burnley’s chances, as Bolton instantly took the lead.
Wanderer’s Woolery barged past Waqas Azam before finding the far corner, despite keeper Daniel Nizic getting a touch.

Bolton’s third, just after the half hour mark, was then something of a freak. The shot from 25-yards took a wicked deflection off Shaun Hobson, which sent Nizic the wrong way, before the wind blew the ball into the back of the net.

Burnley had a chance to get back into the game moments before half time when Massanka was threaded through by Frost, but the former Manchester City and United youngster bent the shot just wide.

After the break and the introduction to Nathan Lowe, who had been out through injury, the Clarets picked up and enjoyed large spells of possession, despite the howling winds.

And Frost had a glorious chance 10 minutes from time after a sloppy back pass found the winger come striker, but the chance was blazed over the crossbar.

Bolton thought they scored a fourth in stoppage time, but Woolery strayed just offside before tapping in at the far post.

The defeat was the Clarets first defeat in seven games, making it now just two losses in 13 outings.

Burnley: Nizic; Trialist, Azam, Hobson, Conlan; Galvin, Ly (Lowe 46), Bianga, Hill; Frost, Massanka.
Goals: Massanka 7’

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