Bolton Wanderers went down 2-1 to Shrewsbury in the EFL Trophy last night, but one young man’s performance left them with a positive to take away.
The hosts took the lead after 19 minutes through Ryan Barnett, who intercepted George Taft’s loose pass and beat Billy Crellin in the Bolton net. The Trotters made nine changes for the game, handing a full debut to Finlay Lockett and starts for academy prospects Adam Senior and Ronan Darcy.
However, they were 2-0 down before half time, Jason Cummings picking up on another loose pass from the defence. In between, Tom White missed a penalty for the visitors, striking the post.
In the second period, the Trotters got a consolation goal, and it was a first for Senior. The defender nodded home after sub Reiss Greenidge headed Darcy’s curling free-kick into a danger area, taking what looked like a kick to the head in the process.
Former Coventry City man Jak Hickman had a late chance to level things up, firing over from close range, whilst Goerge Taft and Jamie Mascoll could also have netted for Ian Evatt’s League Two side.
The performance of Senior caught the eye of fans though, and he was singled out for praise after the game. The 18-year-old academy graduate is thought to wanted by Northern Premier League side Ashton United, and available for loan, but he did himself the world of good with a confident display capped with a goal.
After four senior appearances last season, Senior stood out for these supporters, who were quick to congratulate him on his outing.
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Nothing made me happier last night than u scoring for BWFC, despite the overall result. U kept BWFC going last season so it was brilliant to see u start to get ur rewards now!!👏👏👏
— Ginny Hadfield (@Sophthecatsmum) October 7, 2020
Well played lad, congrats on your first goal aswell.
— Abid (@ab1d03) October 7, 2020
Deffo got kicked in the head and just cracked on like a boss
— Stormzy-trooper (@Matt24139241) October 7, 2020
You did us proud @Asenior02 ❤️❤️
— Bolton Wanderers Forever (@BoltonForever) October 7, 2020
— . (@MasonBWFC) October 7, 2020
Well in pal
— Theo (@Thogden) October 7, 2020