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Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Harrogate Town

Eoin Doyle's 78th-minute winner fired Bolton back into League Two's automatic promotion places as Ian Evatt's side came from behind to beat Harrogate.

The Irish striker's 17th goal of the season punished a defensive howler by Connor Hall to leave Town winless in six games.

Wanderers, who had taken only one point from their previous two matches, fell behind after 13 minutes.

Home keeper Matt Gilks did well to keep out George Thomson's close-range effort before Mark Beck put Bolton defender Gethin Jones under pressure and the ball ended up in the net.

Doyle was then denied by keeper James Belshaw but Wanderers were second best for much of the first half.

They improved markedly after the break and winger Lloyd Isgrove levelled matters after 53 minutes with his first goal of the calendar year and second of the season.

It was then left to Doyle to net what would prove to be the winner with a left-foot drive from 20 yards with 12 minutes left.

Harrogate substitute Jon Stead, who celebrated his 38th birthday earlier this month, almost equalised but Gilks kept out the striker's header with a superb save.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Gilks
  • 2Jones
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 27Baptiste
  • 28John
  • 4WilliamsBooked at 85mins
  • 29LeeSubstituted forBrockbankat 90+4'minutes
  • 23IsgroveSubstituted forElbouzediat 76'minutes
  • 14MaddisonSubstituted forThomasonat 45'minutes
  • 30AfolayanSubstituted forDelfounesoat 74'minutes
  • 9DoyleSubstituted forMillerat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Delfouneso
  • 18Tutte
  • 20Miller
  • 21Brockbank
  • 24Gnahoua
  • 25Thomason
  • 31Elbouzedi

Harrogate

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Belshaw
  • 6BurrellSubstituted forFallowfieldat 83'minutes
  • 5Smith
  • 20Hall
  • 3Jones
  • 7Thomson
  • 17KerryBooked at 39minsSubstituted forFrancisat 67'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 4Falkingham
  • 28McPakeSubstituted forKiernanat 67'minutes
  • 18Muldoon
  • 9BeckSubstituted forSteadat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fallowfield
  • 13Cracknell
  • 14Kiernan
  • 16Stead
  • 22Francis
  • 27Williams
Referee:
Sam Allison

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamHarrogate
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Harrogate Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Harrogate Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor Hall (Harrogate Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Thomson with a cross following a corner.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Shaun Miller replaces Eoin Doyle.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Harry Brockbank replaces Kieran Lee.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Declan John.

  7. Post update

    Matthew Gilks (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brendan Kiernan (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Stead.

  10. Post update

    Ricardo Santos (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Kiernan (Harrogate Town).

  12. Post update

    Eoin Doyle (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Kiernan (Harrogate Town).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by George Thomson.

  15. Booking

    MJ Williams (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by MJ Williams (Bolton Wanderers).

  17. Post update

    Ed Francis (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Harrogate Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dan Jones.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Harrogate Town. Ryan Fallowfield replaces Warren Burrell.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham402191054351972
2Cambridge412181261412071
3Bolton401910115045567
4Tranmere401811115247565
5Morecambe40189135453163
6Forest Green401711125146562
7Newport391710124940961
8Exeter3916121164442060
9Salford3915131146321458
10Carlisle39177155546958
11Bradford391610134643358
12Leyton Orient40169154441357
13Port Vale41158185352153
14Stevenage411217123636053
15Crawley401411154953-453
16Oldham41149186468-451
17Harrogate40147194146-549
18Scunthorpe39138183847-947
19Mansfield41919134652-646
20Walsall40919124147-646
21Barrow391110184750-343
22Colchester41817163959-2041
23Southend41813202453-2937
24Grimsby40713203058-2834
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