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Season 2011-12
Bolton Wanderers (h) Premier Reserve League

Date: Tuesday 13th December 2011, 1.30pm

 Darsley Park

No Frankie Valli, but the 
four seasons were certainly here....



Newcastle United


  1 - 1  



9 mins Taylor header 1-0

Half time: Magpies 1 Trotters 0

84 mins
O'Halloran shot 1-1

Full time: Magpies 1 Trotters 1

We said:

The returning Mike Williamson commented:

"From my point of view, Iím fit for selection. I feel like my ankle and knee are OK. Iíve had a couple of training sessions and that 45 minutes under my belt. Itís down to the manager Ė Iím just happy to be back. The opportunityís there and Iíll do my best when I get a chance.

ďAt the time it was quite painful Ė it was my ankle and knee. I didnít realise the length of time I would be out, but I had the scan and I was in a boot for eight weeks in the end.

ďI got 45 minutes under the my belt and that was always going to be the exercise. I came off at half-time, and it was nice to be back and have the boots back on. It has been frustrating, but Iím just glad to have that behind me, and I want to get as fit as I can.Ē

"It reminded me of my school days Ė it was windy and rainy conditions Ė but it was good to get outside. You have ups and downs in any career, and injuries are part and parcel of this profession.Ē

Mehdi Abeid added:

ďI feel good, and I hope to do well every week with my club. I train every day here to get a chance with the first team. Every day I try to show what I can do, and what I can give to the team in the future.

ďIím really happy to work with everyone here. I hope my chance comes soon Ė I really want to play for this team. Iíll wait for my chance, and when I get it, I hope to do well and show what I can do. I hope to do a lot for this club.

ďIt was very difficult Ė it was very cold, with a lot of wind and rain, but I think we did well."

Shane Ferguson:

ďIt was a great feeling Ė even for a few seconds. Itís nice to be in and around the squad again. I loved coming on at Norwich. It didnít matter that I was only on for a few minutes, it was just nice to be back in a black and white shirt.

ďItís just good to be out there again Ė itís been a frustrating season for me so far. I got injured again in the international break, and that was my first match back. I strained my thigh, and was out for three weeks. I feel good again. My fitness is getting back, and hopefully I can kick on from here.

ďOther than that, itís been niggly injuries all season. I just hope it is the end of them. If Iím needed, Iím ready. Whether itís midfield or defence, I donít mind. I can play both positions, and I think thatís a good thing.

ďThe teamís been doing brilliantly all season - the atmosphere in the dressing roomís been brilliant, as have the fans.Ē


After crashing 0-3 and 0-4 in their last two league games, United's second string stopped the rot at Darsley Park on Tuesday afternoon, but were made to pay for failing to press home their advantage after taking an early lead.

Less than ten minutes were on the clock when good link up play between Shane Ferguson and Michael Richardson released Sam Adjei down the United left and from his centre, striker Dan Taylor was perfectly placed to head home his maiden goal at this level.

With the constant swirling winds interspersed with sunny intervals and wintry showers, United adapted quickest to the changing conditions and dominated the opening 30 minutes without adding to their lead - midfielder Mehdi Abeid not too far away with one speculative effort.

At the other end meanwhile, centre half Mike Williamson made his comeback after a three month absence due to injury and inevitably looked off the pace during a 45 minute run out, suggesting that an involvement in this Saturday's first team game isn't likely.

He was replaced at half time by teenage central defender Remie Streete, while Abeid gave way to Joan Edmundsson. And the Faroe Islander went close to adding to our lead after 52 minutes, controlling a Ferguson cross before turning and striking an effort off the crossbar.

Other chances came and went for United who played with the wind at their backs after the break, Dan Taylor seeing sight of goal but foiled Trotters 'keeper Jay Lynch.

Bolton continued to threaten Rob Elliot's goal however and Tamas Kadar put in a good shift at the back, as well as prompting attacks.

The Hungarian could do nothing six minutes from time though, when a Wanderers counter-attacked ended with Michael O'Halloran forcing the ball home from close range at the second attempt to make it all square.

Cramp victim Sam Adjei made way in the final minutes for Remi Streete's U18 defensive partner Louis Storey to make his reserve team debut, but there was to be no dramatic late winner, as Lynch foiled Taylor once again.



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