The young Whites are on a tear. We classified them as running riot a few games ago and they haven't stopped bursting forward since. Bolton Wanderers U-18s have won once again, this time against bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion. Bolton needed a lone goal to do the deed this time around, as the baby Trotters went on to win 1-0.
Bolton had a myriad of chances to go ahead, including an opportunity from Zach Clough that was well saved by the West Brom keeper just 20 seconds in. The Bolton defense held firm for the entire game and by closing down the Baggies, opened up the opportunities for the whites.
The breakthrough came for Bolton in the 75th minute thanks to a well-placed free kick from Neill Maher that found Jordan Hendrie. The 16-year-old defender placed a good ball center and 18-year-old, Bulgarian-born, striker Georg Iliev finished well to give Bolton their game-winning goal.
Speaking to the official website after the match, head coach David "Diddsy" Lee said:
"This was our toughest test so far this season. We had to work hard from the first whistle to the last.
"I was delighted with all the players' attitude, desire, commitment and work ethic in another excellent workmanlike performance.
"You can't always play attractive football and I was delighted with how the players withstood the physical challenges of West Brom and adapted their game at times.
"We played the game at a high tempo and overall I felt this was a deserved win."
Bolton remain first in the table after seven games played, having won six and drawing the other. They sit on 19 points, five clear of second-place Reading and eight away from third-place Arsenal.