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Bolton Wanderers Under-18s Running Riot In Their Division

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The young Trotters are impressing at the moment, having gone undefeated in their first five games with four wins. We take a look.

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While it looks like the first team are getting their feet under them in the Championship and looking to string together a few results, the Bolton Wanderers youth have done just that. To say that the U18 team is commanding their division is an understatement. After the first five games in their season, the young Trotters are undefeated. They've won four of their five and drawn the other game with the standout result being a 5-1 thumping of the Arsenal.

The side is managed by two former Bolton Wanderers players in David Lee and Tony Kelly and whatever they've done this season has worked a treat. For the most part, the defense has held strong, allowing six goals in those five games. It's up front where the baby Trotters have really shown, scoring a total of 16 goals in that stretch. The excellent run of form has taken them top of Group 1 in the Barclays U18 Premier League table, three points above Arsenal in second and five above Reading in third. Wanderers are the only undefeated team in their division.

Barclays U18 Premier League - Group 1

Position Club (Under 18s) Played Wins Draws Losses Points
1 Bolton Wanderers 5 4 1 0 13
2 Arsenal 5 3 1 1 10
3 Reading 5 2 2 1 8
4 West Ham 5 2 1 2 7
5 Blackburn 5 2 1 2 7
6 Everton 5 1 1 3 4
7 Norwich 5 1 1 3 4
8 West Bromwich Albion 5 1 0 4 3

These are the results (and the Bolton goalscorers) so far:

Bolton Wanderers 5-1 Arsenal

  • Zach Clough (2)
  • Tom Youngs (2)
  • Elliot Newby

Norwich City 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • Zach Clough (2)

Bolton Wanderers 3-1 West Ham United

  • Chris Lester
  • Rob Holding
  • Tom Youngs

Bolton Wanderers 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

  • Tom Youngs (2)
  • Elliot Newby

Reading 2-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • Zach Clough
  • George Iliev
  • Elliot Newby

Both Zach Clough and Tom Youngs are level on five goals from the first five games with Elliot Newby netting three in that time period. Figures that are certainly impressive from the young Whites. The youngsters are home to Everton on Saturday and we'll keep you updated over the course of their season