- Bolton Wanderers 6
- Hall 3, Derik, King, Own Goal
- Hull City 1
The Tigers' Under-23s suffered their first defeat in eight league games went they were beaten 6-1 by Bolton Wanderers at the Lancashire FA County Ground in Leyland on Monday night.
There were just two changes to the side that recorded an impressive victory at Brighton in the Premier League Cup just three days earlier. Will Mannion took over in goal from Harrison Foulkes and Ellis Barkworth came into the midfield with Robbie McKenzie dropping into the back four to replace Lewis Ritson.
The Tigers were behind as early as the fifth minute when Jeff King's pass sent Connor Hall clean through to fire a right foot shot low past Mannion and it was 2-0 by the 11th minute as Derik Osede rose unchallenged to plant a header into the net from Will Buckley's left wing cross.
Hall fired another chance straight at Mannion but it didn't get any better for the Tigers as they conceded again in the 25th minute. After needlessly giving up possession in their own half, King ran through to round Mannion and fire into an empty net.
It was then the Tigers' turn to capitalise on a defensive error when Tom Powell latched onto a short back pass and rolled a right foot shot under Bolton keeper James Aspimall to make it 3-1 after just 28 minutes.
Hall flashed a header narrowly wide as the hosts continued to create chances whilst at the other end Keane Lewis-Potter was unable to get his header on target from a promising position but the ball eventually fell to Barkworth who fired a right foot shot just wide of the post from outside the box.
Bolton made it 4-1 in added time at the end of the first period when Buckley's pass released Hall to fire low past Mannion.
The Tigers had the first chance of the second period when Lewis-Potter glanced a header wide from a James Yates cross but Bolton increased their lead in the 53rd minute. Craig Noone's left foot shot was heading wide but struck Adam Curry and found its way into the bottom corner of the net.
Mannion was forced to block from Hall and then gathered Noone's effort from the follow up before the goalkeeper produced a superb save to tip away Hall's header which was bound for the bottom corner.
Yates burst forward for the Tigers but struck a left foot shot straight at Aspinall before Hall completed his hat-trick to put Bolton 6-1 up in the 72nd minute. Cole Lonsdale's cross from the left provided the Trotters striker with a simple header from close range.
Powell saw a shot on the turn blocked by Aspinall from close range but the young Tigers finished as a well-beaten side.
Bolton Wanderers: James Aspinall, Harry Brockbank, Joe Muscatt, Adam Mitchell, Liam Edwards, Derik Osede (Shakeel Jones-Griffiths 72), Craig Noone (Ryan White 72), Jack Earing, Connor Hall, Jeff King, Will Buckley (Cole Lonsdale 62).
Subs Not Used: Dennis Politic, Liam Morris.
Hull City: Will Mannion, James Yates, Brandon Fleming (Ahmed Salam 62), Ellis Barkworth, Robbie McKenzie, Adam Curry, Tyler Hamilton (Liam Edwards 69), Billy Chadwick, Tom Powell, Keane Lewis-Potter, Ben Hinchliffe.
Subs Not Used: Harrison Foulkes, Josh Thacker, Max Sheaf.