The (not so) Mighty Bolton Wanderers travel to Yorkshire this weekend for a match at Hillsborough against (also not so mighty) Sheffield Wednesday. If nothing else, it should be a fairly even match. Bolton are 14th in the table, Wednesday are 15th. Bolton have 55 points, Wednesday have 53 points. Bolton have won 13 matches this season, Wednesday have won 13 matches this season.
Over on the official BWFC website, the writer of the match preview has chosen to focus on an insignificant bit of trivia. Why? Because it gives the appearance of positive accomplishment during this otherwise accomplishment-free season. What is the trivia? I'm glad you asked.
Wanderers have crossed the Pennines four times this season to play a Yorkshire club, and they have won all four of those matchups. Yes folks, Barnsley, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, and Doncaster Rovers have all been vanquished by the Mighty Wanderers, who apparently respond to Yorkshire pudding in much the way Superman responds to Earth's red sun or Bruce Banner responds to anger. If the Whites defeat the Owls Saturday they will have run the table in this little corner of the kingdom. Woo. Hoo.
In team news, Bolton will be without an entire starting team, more or less. Defenders Alan Hutton, Marc Tierney, Joe Riley, and Alex Baptiste are unavailable. Midfielders Stu Holden and Darren Pratley are out, as usual, and this week they will be joined in the stands by Mark Davies and Medo Kamara. Midfielder/striker Andre Moritz is also injured.
I'm going to be optimistic. I say Wanderers will maintain their perfect record in Yorkshire. What do you think?