Rolando Aarons

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United Under-21s 1 (Campbell)
Bolton Wanderers Under-21s 1 (Youngs)

Adam Campbell scored his first of the season as Newcastle United came from behind to earn a share of the spoils in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

It's now three games unbeaten for Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side as Gabriel Obertan supplied the ammunition for Campbell to cancel out Tom Youngs' opener.

Obertan started in a central attacking role for the Magpies, having scored a hat-trick on his last appearance at this level against Crystal Palace in April, and John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman were all there to watch the Frenchman.

Campbell, James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Good were all playing too, along with five-goal forward Adam Armstrong, but it was the Trotters who started the brightest - appropriate considering their illuminous orange change kit.

Youngs should have given them an early lead when he slotted wide from six yards before Jak Alnwick smothered bravely at the feet of Conor Wilkinson and saved smartly from Jan Gregus.

At the other end, Campbell pounced on a loose pass but saw his shot from a tight angle held by experienced former Preston and Darlington keeper Andrew Lonergan, who then spared Cian Bolger's blushes as the defender almost sliced Armstrong's low cross into his own net.

Rolando Aarons fired over before Gregus' corner hit the near post direct from a corner kick. As the interval neared, Youngs had no less than three presentable opportunities but failed to break the deadlock under the Whitley Park floodlights.

However, he needed just two minutes after the interval to open the scoring, forcing home from close range.

It took an altercation between Obertan and Bolger midway through the half to liven the match up. Both players were booked and suddenly United looked hungry.

Rolando Aarons had a low shot saved after working space before Armstrong drilled just off target, then in the 72nd minute Obertan streaked down the left and cut the ball back perfectly for Campbell to equalise.

Campbell was then unlucky not to score with a shot on the turn but Bolton immediately broke only for Zach Clough to drag wide.

Substitute Callum Roberts blazed just over, then Alnwick made a vital block from Youngs before a massive chance fell Obertan's way in the 88th minute.

Campbell robbed Lonergan and unselfishly squared the ball to the Frenchman, but he blazed over with the goal at his mercy.

He almost made amends with another superb run and cross which Remie Streete looked certain to head home before Bolger's vital interception.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Remie Streete, Curtis Good (Brandon Miele 59), Macaulay Gillesphey, Rolando Aarons (Callum Roberts 64), Gael Bigirimana, Jonathyn Quinn (Alex Gilliead 64), Adam Campbell, Gabriel Obertan, Adam Armstrong

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Ryan McKinnon

Bolton Wanderers Under-21s: Andrew Lonergan, Hayden White, Andy Kellett, Oscar Threlkeld, Cian Bolger, James Kelly, Oluwasanmi Odelusi, Jan Gregus, Conor Wilkinson, Zach Clough (Georg Iliev 82), Tom Youngs

Subs not used: Robert Holding, Harry Campbell, Glenn Matthews, Aaron Knight