Wembley-bound Bolton stepped up their League One promotion push with a 2–1 return win over Port Vale.

Wanderers conceded their first goal at Bolton University Stadium in over 16 hours when Ellis Harrison fired back for the visitors in eight-minute lead.

But Ian Evatt’s Papa John’s Trophy finalists struck back with two goals in nine minutes to lay the foundation for a seventh league win in nine games.

Victor Adeboyejo scored 13 times for Burton, but had not scored since his move to Wanderers until he headed in Randell Williams’ cross for an equalizer on 18 minutes.

Bolton, who remain fourth, six points from an automatic promotion spot, continued to improve. Midfielder Josh Sheehan scored his first goal since November 2021 to put the Trotters ahead, although Vale was always a threat.

Manchester City loan goalkeeper James Trafford, beaten earlier for the first time since December 2, 2022, brilliantly fended off Ben Garrity’s effort to deny Vale an equalizer.

The second half was less eventful, although Trafford produced another save to deny substitute Tom Conlon.

Match report provided by PA Media.



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