WANDERERS Under-18s bounced back from a first defeat of 2014 at Newcastle by hitting Manchester City for five at Lostock on Saturday.
David Lee and Tony Kelly’s youngsters won 5-2 thanks to goals from Tom Walker (two), Jamie Thomas (two) and Elliot Newby and ended City’s 13-game winning run in the process.
The City side, coached by Breightmet-born former England winger Jason Wilcox, had not tasted defeat since September and were top of the FA U18 Premier League going into the clash.
But, just like they had done to City’s rivals United a few weeks earlier, the young Whites put them to the sword, much to the delight of Lee.
He told The Bolton News: “Our lads were fantastic on the day against a City team that had been unbeaten in 14 matches beforehand.
“With a wealth of talent and a team costing hundreds of thousands of pounds, it was always going to be tough.
“But we showed a desire to work hard and compete against City and it was a pleasing performance throughout.”
The Whites looked set for a fifth win in six league games when Walker found the net from the edge of the box after good work from Aaron Knight, before Thomas scored with a fine strike inside the first half hour.
It was 3-0 just after the interval when Newby beat City stopper Billy O’Brien.
But the Blues responded and scored two quick goals past Harry Campbell to reduce the arrears through Brandon Barker and Thierry Ambrose.
The young Whites showed character to respond with two more goals of their own.
First Newby cut back for Walker to double his account and Thomas intercepted a sloppy O’Brien clearance to complete the scoring three minutes from time.
Lee said: “We came up against a very good City team who had been on an incredible run, so to score five excellent goals and secure such a great result is testament to the players we have here.”
Lee and Kelly’s young side travel to face Stoke City on Saturday, kick off 11am.