WANDERERS impressed again at Bamber Bridge, with the picture now starting to emerge on how they will be playing under Ian Evatt this season.

They crashed in seven goals, creating several more clear-cut chances, and dominated possession against their Northern Premier League hosts.

Evatt believes there is still scope for plenty of improvement and intends to use a mini training camp next week to fix some of his tactical plans more firmly in place.

Here are some of the main things we learned at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.


Although you could sit back and admire the scoreline in the end, there were aspects of Wanderers’ possessional play which clearly still need some work.

Playing it out from the goalkeeper worked on several occasions – but there were others when the transition of ball from defence to midfield still looked a bit clunky, and that will certainly be something that Ian Evatt will be looking to address in the coming weeks.


In Evatt’s own words, there will be plenty of chances created this season. And though you can hardly complain after a Bolton side hit seven goals in a game of any sort for the first time in eight years (the previous one being a Bolton XI at Daisy Hill), the standard of opposition does have to be factored in here.

Eoin Doyle can perhaps count himself a little unlucky, as he was kept down to a solitary goal by some very good goalkeeping. Elsewhere, there was room for improvement – but that’s what pre-season is for.


Both Nathan Delfouneso and Eoin Doyle had a little hand in each other’s goals, and that can only be a good thing for Wanderers.

It is quite clear from the way that this side is set up that the front two should not be the only goal threat in League Two this season but the encouraging early signs are all there.

Doyle comes alive in the penalty area and looks to have carried over that confidence in front of goal from his exploits with Swindon last season.

Delfouneso sat slightly deeper, moved into he channels looking for space, and finished off the day’s first goal very well indeed.


Jak Hickman worked hard in the first half and put a few quality crosses into the box from the right wing-back position – and Gethin Jones stepped that up in the second half.

If you were to pick out a star man over the course of the first two pre-season games, though, it would be Liam Gordon, whose pace and athleticism have made him such entertaining viewing so far this summer.

Evatt refers to them as ‘hybrids’ but in old fashioned money, Wanderers appear to have accrued a few genuine attacking full-backs who have offered a lot of width in the opening games.


There are times when Wanderers will have to show sound judgement in possession and avoid losing the ball and making themselves vulnerable. And some of that will mean putting their foot on the ball, using the goalkeeper, or playing a safe ball back to retain possession.

Making that choice between pushing on and continuing an attack or safeguarding the ball will be something the players have to learn fast.

It is fascinating to watch Tom White – who played last season under Evatt at Barrow – and Brandon Comley, who both seem to have an excellent grasp of what is being asked of them.

Alex Baptiste also impressed in the second half, knowing when to push on, and when to cool the jets.


Antoni Sarcevic made his first appearance of the summer for Wanderers and looked to get on the ball at every opportunity.

Wanderers have some pretty exciting options in the middle of the park but you’d bet that the former Plymouth Argyle man – who wore the captain’s armband in the second half – would be a very strong contender for a starting place, if fit.