BWFC 1-3 Preston North End
03-03-2018 MoM: Ben Alnwick
A disappointing and deflating derby day at the Macron as the visitors' from Preston come from behind after a lacklustre second-half Wanderers performance.
Early on, January signing Billy Bodin had good chances to put the Yellow-kitted men ahead before Beevers opened his account for the season in the 12th minute. This was fairly against the run-of-the-play however it was not a sign of things to come. Complacency ensued following a 5-minute spell of Bolton corners but impotent attacking.
Shortly after the break, the visitors equalised via a fine move culminating in an excellent finish by Tom Barkhuizen. Wanderers were obviously shaken and rocking at this point as the game slipped away. At 1-1, Parkinson made the uncharacteristically, and costly, bold move to take off a defensive midfielder for a striker which shifted Dervite into an unnatural right-sided position. Needless to say that the first of Sean Maguire's brace came down Dervite's side. Finally, in stoppage time, a well-worked and incisive move led by the impressive Paul Gallagher was finished by Maguire as he wrong-footed the unfortunate yet improving Ben Alnwick.
Outplayed, poor tactical decisions and a seeming distinct lack of effort. Not a good day at all, they thoroughly deserved it. However, some perspective is needed. We are already exceeding expectations and for survival to be well in your hands at this stage - a miracle.