By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Bolton Wanderers Under-18s 1
Newcastle United Under-18s 0
A last-minute goal from Andrew Kellett saw a young Newcastle side - including two debutants - slip to their first Premier Academy League defeat since November.
In a scrappy game played in windy conditions, United looked to have done enough to gain a point at Lostock Hall Farm, only to concede with almost the last kick after a long ball caught of the Magpies defence.
Already without Adam Campbell and Remie Streete due to injury, and Dennis Knight because of suspension, Dave Watson rested several of his regulars after they were involved in two Reserve games during the week.
That meant Alex Gilliead started for the first time at under-18 level while under-16 duo Tom Heardman and Liam Smith came from the bench to make their bows as United slipped to only their fourth loss of the campaign.
"We were devastated to have lost the game," admitted Under-18s Coach Watson.
"The game was spoilt because it was gale force winds and both teams found it difficult to deal with.
"We had enough chances to score three or four goals but it wasn't to be today.
"We had Alex Gilliead in from the start, who did really well, and Liam Smith and Tom Heardman came in.
"We're down in numbers because so many of them have been in the Reserves, but it was a good opportunity to play some of the under-16s lads.
"Having so many players in the Reserves is a good experience for them, and in turn it's good for Gilliead, Smith and Heardman to play with the under-18s.
"So although we're disappointed to have got beat, the long-term is more important."
Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Steven Logan, Alex Kitchen, Louis Storey, Lee Toland, Marcus Maddison, Ben Sayer, Brandon Miele, Michael Hoganson (Liam Smith 67), JJ Hooper, Alex Gilliead (Tom Heardman 75)
Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Greg Olley