I’m not sure if anyone is actually bothered that Bolton are playing tomorrow. Yep, it must be the Checkatrade, no sorry, Leasing dot, sorry, the Papa John’s Trophy.
While I’ve tried to push the idea of having a run in the competition on here, for the nice idea of having a day out at Wembley, in reality we’re already out, and it feels pointless even trying to preview this match. But here we are, with a match against Newcastle’s kids.
There are no new injury concerns, but with some of the players who were doubts for the Salford match but did play probably a bit sore, Ian Evatt will almost certainly make a number of changes. After being taken out of the firing line, Billy Crellin may get the gloves back in a low-pressure environment. Other players who haven’t been in the team in recent weeks may get a go too, Brandon Comley and Jak Hickman are two who spring to mind.
The young Magpies have lost both their group games so far, like us, therefore tomorrow is a straight fight to avoid the wooden spoon. Jake Turner won’t be involved as he is spending this season on loan at Morecambe. Two players who might be involved and may be worth attention are Kyle Scott, a former Chelsea youth midfielder and American under-age international, and Rodrigo Vilca, a Peruvian who was recently signed from Deportivo Municipal in his homeland, where he had already played 24 times in their top flight.
We haven’t done that badly in this competition looking beyond the results. Narrow defeats, but to League One sides and often when we’ve changed things up too. It doesn’t really matter, but it’d be nice to bow out on a high note, and the senior experience should give us an edge. 2-1 to Bolton.