By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Bolton Wanderers Under-21s 1 (Sampson)
Newcastle United Under-21s 1 (Amalfitano pen)
Romain Amalfitano's first Barclays Under-21 Premier League goal extended Newcastle's unbeaten run to six games at Bolton.
The Frenchman - whose only previous goal in black and white came in a pre-season friendly at Gateshead - converted a late penalty to give United a share of the spoils on Thursday afternoon.
Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's team were staring a first defeat since January in the face as Jack Sampson gave the hosts the lead but, in a fixture which had produced ten goals in the previous two meetings at the County Ground home of the Lancashire FA, that was never likely to be enough.
And so it proved as Amalfitano - one of two visiting players with first-team experience - slotted home from the spot with just seven minutes left.
Kevin Mbabu made a second appearance following his January arrival from Servette while England under-17 international Alex Gilliead was the main striker.
But after a goalless first half which saw centre-back Lubo Satka's header bounce back off a post, it was the Trotters who took the lead in the 67th minute when Chris Lester set up Sampson to convert from close range.
However after skipper James Tavernier was felled, up stepped Amalfitano to extend United's unbeaten run. Next up for the under-21s is a home game against Norwich on Monday, 8th April with a 1pm kick-off at Whitley Park.
Bolton Wanderers Under-21s: Jay Lynch, Joe Riley (Niall Maher 54), Andy Kellett, Oscar Threlkeld, Cian Bolger, Josh Vela (Alex McQuade 61), Chris Lester, Adam Blakeman, Jack Sampson, Zach Clough, Sanmi Odelusi (Joe McKee 65)
Substitutes: Jan-Ole Sievers, Ben Hampson
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Kevin Mbabu (Alex Nicholson 46), James Tavernier, Steven Logan (Jonathyn Quinn 48), Lubo Satka, Remie Streete (Lee Desmond 88), Yven Moyo, Brandon Miele, Alex Gilliead, Michael Richardson, Romain Amalfitano
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Greg Olley