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24 April 2018

Late winner ends Town's season on a high

Town U23s ended the season on a high with a 3-2 win over Bolton at Portman Road on Monday evening.

Goals from Conor McKendry, Shane McLoughlin and a last-gasp winner from Jack Lankester secured the three points for Geraint Williams’ side.

Blues couldn’t have got off to a worse start, though, as Connor Hall smashed into Harry Wright’s net from close range in just the third minute.

The two sides cancelled each other out for the remainder of the first-half with neither team creating any more genuine opportunities.

But Town came out flying after the restart and were level within a minute. McKendry was fed the ball on the edge of the area and the winger produced a stunning volley which whistled into the top corner.

However, just two minutes later Wanderers restored their advantage as Jeff King capitalised on Bailey Clements’ mistake before slotting past Wright.

Hall then had a great chance to double his side’s advantage but he failed to hit the target after racing clear of the Blues defence.

Seventeen minutes from time Town were level again. McLoughlin stepped up to the spot and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way after McKendry was fouled in the penalty area.

And the comeback was complete in the dying stages. Aaron Drinan’s goalbound effort was saved well but Lankester was in the right place at the right time to nod home the rebound.

The three points guarantees the 23s third place in the Professional Development League Two South table.

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