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30 July 2022

Evans on target as the Blues are held at Portman Road

Town began their 2022/23 League One campaign with a home draw against Bolton Wanderers.

Aaron Morley put the visitors in front from the penalty spot midway through the first half, with Lee Evans stroking in Town's equaliser before the break.

The Blues dominated from that point onwards but couldn't find the crucial decisive goal in front of a superb Portman Road backing.

Leif Davis, Freddie Ladapo and Marcus Harness were all named in the first starting XI of the season as the trio made their competitive debuts for the Club.

Both sides began with good intensity in front of a vocal Portman Road crowd, but neither 'keeper was tested in the opening 20 minutes. 

Bolton took the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half, with Morley firing into the bottom corner after Conor Bradley had been tripped inside the box.

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George Johnston denied Conor Chaplin when he looked like he might drill in an equaliser from inside the box just under 10 minutes later, with the Trotters centre-back blocking the Town number 10's effort with his outstretched leg.

Chaplin turned provider as the Blues levelled proceedings with 38 minutes on the clock. His pass directly from a corner to the middle the box caught Bolton off-guard, and the arriving Evans finished into the back of the net from 10 yards.

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Town would've turned the game on its head just three minutes later but, after the ball flowed through Chaplin, Wes Burns and Sam Morsy, Ladapo's shot was blocked by Bradley.

The Blues continued to look a threat from the dead ball as Evans' header following a deep corner from Chaplin was acrobatically tipped around the post by James Trafford, with the Bolton 'keeper then punching the resulting set piece clear from underneath his own crossbar.

Town continued to dominate proceedings as they kept probing for an opening through a Trotters side that was pinned inside its own defensive third.

Burns was inches away from putting the Blues in front as the final 10 minutes approached, with his header following a Greg Leigh cross deflecting just wide of the bottom left corner.

Morsy looked set to net the winner when the clock hit 90 minutes, but his side-footed effort following a pull-back from Burns was saved by the legs of Trafford.

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Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Edmundson, Burns, Morsy (C), Evans, Davis (Leigh 59'), Chaplin (Aluko 71'), Harness (John-Jules 59'), Ladapo (Jackson 71').

Subs: Hladky, Burgess, Harper.

Booked: Davis, Woolfenden, Edmundson.

Bolton: Trafford, Jones, John, Williams, Santos (C), Johnston, Charles (Dadi Bodvarsson 77'), Morley (Thomason 83'), Afolayan (Kachunga 77'), Lee (Bakayoko 71'), Bradley.

Subs: Sadlier, Iredale, Aimson.

Booked: John, Bradley.

Attendance: 26,688 (1,392 Bolton fans).

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