A large amount of the focus on the Manchester Senior Cup match between Bolton Wanderers' U21 side and Bury's reserves was on the clash between Stu Holden and his younger brother Euan. While that did happen as both brothers started the match, the Senior Cup tie proved important for a few other reasons.
Bolton fielded a strong side with Andy Lonergan, David Wheater, Matt Mills, Medo Kamara, Gregg Wylde, Stu Holden, Jan Gregus, and Tom Eaves all featuring from the off. The match was Matt Mills' first since suffering a thigh injury against Huddersfield Town in mid-December. The tie was also the first action that Medo has seen in a Bolton shirt outside of training .Gregg Wylde, Jan Gregus, and Tom Eaves all have their chances to impress.
Bolton were lively throughout with Gregg Wylde getting the majority of the chances but taking none of them. Jan Gregus was also active in the midfield and put in a few good corners that Wheater and Eaves both glancing their chances just wide.
Stu Holden nearly opened the scoring for Bolton early on after a cross came in from the left side but he had failed to make contact with it. Holden was involved throughout and didn't shy from the action. He looked happy to be running around all night.
Wheater and Mills didn't have much to do against Bury, and when they did, they dispatched the danger easily enough. Tom Eaves found himself in good positions on a number of occasions and it was a bit of selfish play from Wylde that really denied him a good chance.
Medo Kamara reportedly read the match well and, according to Michael Murray (who was providing updates from the ground), "had something about him" and "very much like Jay Spearing: moves the ball quickly and generally accurately, looks like he enjoys the rough stuff."
The Trotters would end up taking the match by a scoreline of just 1-0 thanks to a first-half Bury own goal by Tom Roune. David Wheater, Medo Kamara, and Stu Holden all completed 90 minutes, the first time for all three of the players outside of training situations.