U23 Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-5 Leeds United

U23 Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-5 Leeds United

Whites keep up winning run.

Professional Development League


Bolton Wanderers 1 (Hall 47)

Leeds United 5 (Alioski 18, Clarke 30, Nketiah pen 43, 76 Gotts 63)


Leeds: Miazek, Alioski, Struijk, Cresswell, Casey, Hosannah (Stevens 45), Jenkins, McCalmont (Kenneh 45), Bogusz (Gotts 45), Clarke, Nketiah.  Subs not used: Skerry, Hudson.


Booked: Hosannah

Venue: Lancashire FA


Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s ran out 5-1 winners against Bolton Wanderers, keeping up the side’s winning run in the Professional Development League.

Leeds created the first opening in the match, when Jack Jenkins teed up Alfie McCalmont to strike from 25 yards, but he couldn’t get the better of Matthew Alexander in the Bolton goal.

Bolton had a good chance in the 14th minute, forward Connor Hall drove up the pitch and into the Leeds box, but shot just off balance and his attempt went just wide.

Mateusz Bogusz tested Alexander with a free kick, before Leeds took the lead.  Jack Clarke put a dangerous low cross into the Bolton box and the ball fell to Ezgjan Alioski who slotted home.

Alioski saw a shot blocked and from the rebound Eddie Nketiah fired into the side netting, before the on loan Arsenal strike again went close when Bogusz played him in on goal, but he put the chance just wide of the post.

Leeds went further ahead in the 30th minute.  Alioski drove a low ball into the Bolton box and Clarke turned it home with a neat finish.

Soon after Clarke weaved his way forward and found Nketiah who saw his strike blocked, the ball then fell to Bogusz and only a really good stop from Alexander prevented Leeds from going further ahead.

With three minutes of the first half remaining Leeds were awarded a penalty when Nketiah was brought down by Jordan Boon.  The forward stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, converting with cool.

Leeds could have added another goal before the break when Struijk was played into the Bolton area by Nketiah and his deflected strike was cleared off the line.

Half time: Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Leeds United

Bolton made a great start to the second half after winning an early corner, Adam Senior was denied really well by Kamil Miazek, but there was no stopping Hall with the follow up.

Sonny Graham then tried his luck with a long range free kick, forcing Miazek into action.

Leeds restored the three goal cushion in the 63rd minute, Clarke played a through ball and a dummy by Nketiah allowed substitute Robbie Gotts in at goal and he slotted home.

Clarke nearly added a fifth for Leeds following some lovely build up play, he tried a curling effort from just inside the Bolton area, which went just the wrong side of the post.

Jenkins then delivered a low cross from the right, which Nketiah did well to reach first, but he couldn’t turn the ball home with a first time finish from a narrow angle.

Leeds extended the lead 14 minutes from time, Senior failed to clear and Clarke prodded the ball into the path of Nketiah and he made no mistake from close range.

Clarke then put in a cross which was met well by Jordan Stevens and he hit a strike into the ground which bounced just over.

The Whites then saw out the closing stages, to wrap up a fifth successive win.

Full time: Bolton Wanderers 1-5 Leeds United