Stockport County will face Bolton Wanderers in the English Football League Trophy at Stockport on November 14, 2023. The match is scheduled to commence at 19:30 UTC.
Stockport and Bolton meet again a year after their previous friendly encounter ended in a 2-2 draw. Stockport are enjoying a tremendous run of form lately, having gone undefeated in their last 14 matches. Victories over opponents such as Swindon Town, Worksop Town, Tranmere Rovers, Crewe Alexandra, Grimsby Town, Harrogate Town, Salford City, Doncaster Rovers, Forest Green Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Wrexham, Milton Keynes Dons and AFC Wimbledon have extended their unbeaten streak.
Bolton arrive in optimistic spirits as well, having won their last 6 games consecutively against sides including Blackpool, Shrewsbury Town, Solihull Moors, Charlton Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton Town. They have been watertight defensively, keeping 4 clean sheets in a row.
Stockport are on a 14 match unbeaten run, winning 13 and drawing 2 of their last 20 games. Bolton have won 14 of their most recent 20 matches, losing 3 and drawing 3.
In their last 6 matches, Stockport have emerged victorious 6 times (2-4 vs Swindon, 5-1 vs Worksop, 2-0 vs Tranmere, 0-2 vs Crewe, 3-2 vs Grimsby, 1-3 vs Harrogate).
Bolton have also won their previous 6 encounters (1-0 vs Blackpool, 0-2 vs Shrewsbury, 4-0 vs Solihull, 0-2 vs Charlton, 2-4 vs Wycombe, 2-1 vs Northampton).
Manager Dave Challinor has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Apart from George Johnston who is recovering from knee surgery, manager Ian Evatt has no major injury issues.
Stockport and Bolton have played each other 4 times since July 2017. Stockport have won once, with the other 3 matches ending in draws. Most recently, they played to a 2-2 draw in a friendly on July 5, 2022. In their 4 meetings, Stockport have scored 9 goals compared to Bolton’s 7.