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Match Report

Bolton Wanderers 2
Connell, Smith
Hull City 4
Lewis-Potter, Hawkins, Thacker, Salam

The Tigers’ Under-18s produced an impressive second half comeback to return to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

First half foals from Luca Connell and Laurence Smith had the hosts in control at the break. John Anderson’s produced a fantastic response in the second half though, scoring four unanswered goals - through Keane Lewis-Potter, Dan Hawkins, Josh Thacker and Ahmed Salam - to claim a fifth league win of the season.

It was the hosts who started the brighter of the teams, which was rewarded with two goals in quick succession.

Connell opened the scoring with nine minutes played, running at the Tigers defence before finding the bottom corner with a low strike from outside the box. And it was 2-0 four minutes later as Smith produced another fine strike from distance that gave Harrison Foulkes in the Tigers’ goal no chance whatsoever.

After a frustrating first 45 minutes, the Tigers improved dramatically after the break and pulled a goal back within five minutes of the restart. Billy Chadwick released Lewis-Potter down the left flank, and the in-form frontman advanced before firing an unstoppable shot past Bolton keeper James Aspinall.

The Tigers free in confidence after the goal and went on to level the scores on 55 minutes. Chadwick’s strike from distance was too hot to handle for Aspinall and Hawkins was the quickest to react to slot home from inside the six-yard box.

Things got even better for the team in black and amber on the hour mark as they took the lead for the first time in the game. After Lewis-Potter’s shot had been deflected behind for a corner, Sheaf’s impressive delivery from the right was met by a towering Thacker, who headed home from six-yards.

Bolton were reduced to ten men 15 minutes from time when Edward Brown was shown a straight red for a late lunging tackle on Quinn Thompson midway inside the Tigers’ half, and the Tigers’ made their numerical advantage count as they extended their lead six minutes from time. Lewis-Potter fond Chadwick on the right and the midfielder’s low, precise ball across the face of goal was guided home by Salam sliding in at the back post.

Hull City: Harrison Foulkes, Quinn Thompson, Jake Nicholls, Max Sheaf, Josh Thacker, Jacob Greaves, Dan Hawkins, Billy Chadwick, Mason Wilson-Rhiney (Will Taylor 15), Keane Lewis-Potter, Ahmed Salam.
Subs Not Used: Cartwright, Wood, Smith.