Bolton Wanderers took the lead in the first half with Tom Walker finishing well from an Elliot Newby cross. Arsenal equalized just five minutes later through Austin Lipman and the two sides went into the break level. Bolton regained the advantage 15 minutes from full time with Newby and Walker switching roles and the former hitting the back of the net from 12 yards out. It looked like the win was all Bolton's but Arsenal equalized once more, this time right at the death, to squeak a point. The match ended 2-2.
Despite it not being a win, the Whites are still very much unbeaten in the U-18 Premier League National Group 1. They remain top of the table with 26 points from ten matches, having dropped only four points this season. Reading are closing in and now have 23 points from ten matches.
Speaking to the Bolton News after the match, U-18 manager David Lee remained upbeat despite the relatively disappointing result:
"We were positive in the first half and created several good chances.
"We just lacked the clinical edge when it came to finishing our good play, something in previous games we've capitalised on.
"Our second-half performance was better and their second goal in the last minute was totally against the run of play.
"Overall, the performance was pleasing, and our unbeaten run continues."