Bolton Wanderers 2 -1 Cambridge United: Wanderers cling on for victory against table toppers Cambridge
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In-form Bolton Wanderers returned to winning ways and extended there unbeaten run to seven matches with an impressive win against league leaders Cambridge United at the University of Bolton stadium.

Goals from Eoin Doyle and Antoni Sarcevic gave Ian Evatt's side all three points in a game which the home side controlled possession despite missing a number of opportunities to extend their lead. 

A late goal from Cambridge's Kyle Knoyle created a nervy finish but the Whites managed to hang on for a hard fought victory. 

Story of the match

Both teams started the game as one of League Two's most inform sides, but it was the hosts Bolton who showed the greater attacking threat in the early stages.

Eoin Doyle missed a glorious chance to give the Wanderers the lead after just 15 minuets when goalkeeper Callum Burton produced an impressive reflex save to deny the Irishman's low volley after getting on the end of a curling Declan John cross.

Ian Evatt's sides control of the game only continued to grow as the first half went on, eventually taking a deserved the lead when full-back Gethin Jones made a dangerous run into the Cambridge box before pulling the ball back to Doyle who produced an impressive low finish to beat the keeper in the 38th minute. 

The Lancashire side then doubled there lead not long after when captain Antoni Sarcevic smashed home from the edge of the box after the ball fell to him following a goal-line scramble with 43 minuets gone. 

The dangerous Doyle almost gave Bolton a third in first half stoppage time when he was slipped through by Jones before seeing his chipped effort bounce just wide of the back post.

following the break the Wanderers continued to dominate, again coming close in the 54th minute when Burton almost spilled the ball into the path of Doyle after fumbling a powerful long range strike from Sarcevic. 

Shortly after, Oladapo Afolayan nearly got his name on the score sheet after latching onto a through ball from Doyle, before seeing his shot from a very tight angle saved by Burton. 

Top of the league Cambridge struggled to get going all evening but managed to give themselves a lifeline with 10 minutes remaining when Bolton goalkeeper Matt Gilks caught a long range effort from full-back Kyle Knoyle, but failed to stop his backward momentum and carried the ball just over the line. 

The U’s piled on the pressure in the games closing stages but failed to create any clear cut chances for an equaliser, coming closest in injury time when a long throw from Jack Iredale created a scramble in the box before tamely looping over the bar. 

The Victory sees Bolton remain seventh in League Two but move just four points below there opponents Cambridge who fall to second.

Man of the match - Eoin Doyle

Bolton's top-scorer was a persistent thorn in the side of the Cambridge defence all evening. 

His first half goal set the Wanderers on there way to victory and the Irishman could have added to his goal tally on a number of occasions if it was not for some good work from United goalkeeper Burton.

Doyle's link up play was also a highlight of the Whites attack, creating a number of goal scoring chances for team-mates Oladapo Afolayan and Nathan Delfouneso. 

 

 

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