Preston North End v Bolton: Team news from Leyland's County Ground

Preston North End made the short trip to Leyland to take on Bolton Wanderers at Lancashire FA headquarters.

By Dave Seddon
Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 6:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 7:16 pm

There was the chance to impress for some of the fringe players, with Connor Ripley, Jack Baxter and second-year scholar Lewis Leigh handed places in the starting XI.

Brad Potts and Scott Sinclair were the only starters from last Saturday's 1-0 win at Celtic to feature in the starting XI against Wanderers.

PNE started in a 3-5-2, with Baxter operating at left wing-back.

Preston North End goalkeeper Connor Ripley

For goalkeeper Connor Ripley it was a rare outing, his last first-team appearance coming in the Carabao Cup last autumn.

Midfielder Baxter has recently returned from a loan spell at Cork City in the League of Ireland.

PNE: Ripley, Van Den Berg, Bauer, Earl, Rafferty, Bayliss, Baxter, Leigh, Potts, Sinclair, Maguire. Subs: Walker, Mawene, Seary,

Bolton: Dixon, Jones, Almeida Santos, Baptiste, Gordon, Sheehan, Williams, Sarcevic, Amaechi, Afoayan, Bakayoko. Subs: Hutchinson, Senior, Aimson, Brockbank, Conway, Thomason, Titte, Darcy, Delfouneso.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Carnforth)