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Bolton v City u18s: Match preview

Denzeil Bersant

Denzeil Bersant

City u18s will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the table with a 14th win on the bounce when they travel to Bolton on Saturday.

The boy Blues have been unstoppable in recent months, and last tasted defeat in September 2013. That stunning run of form has catapulted them to the summit of the u18 Premier League North Division, and Jason Wilcox’s men are now two points clear – with three games in hand over their closest challengers.

Last time out, City deservedly claimed the local bagging rights with a 2-0 victory over neighbours Manchester United in extremely windy conditions that made even short passes a challenge.

The Blues rose to the occasion and striker Thierry Ambrose grabbed a brace to take his tally for the season up to an incredible 14 goals in all competitions. In the league, the Frenchman has netted 11 times from 12 starts.

Meanwhile, captain Ashley Smith-Brown and winger Brandon Barker have seen their excellent form rewarded with international recognition. Both have been selected as part of England u18 squads to face Belgium on Tuesday, as well as being included in the group to take on Croatia in March.

City hosted Saturday’s opponents earlier this season, and on that occasion super subs Denzeil Boadu and Bersant Celina fired the Blues to a 4-1 victory after Bolton had cancelled out Pablo Maffeo’s first half strike.

The Trotters struggled earlier in the season and now find themselves bottom of the North Division table, but they have enjoyed a good run of form recently and have triumphed in four of their last five fixtures, including victories over fourth-place Manchester United and second-place Everton.

Kick off is at 11am at Bolton Academy (BL6 4BJ). We’ll bring you updates on twitter, as well as a full match report after full time right here on mcfc.co.uk

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