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26 August 2023

MARK Helm’s early second half goal ensured a share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers

Helm took advantage of lax defending less than a minute into the second half to notch the Brewers first home league goal of the campaign but it wasn’t enough to secure all three points as Dion Charles equalised for promotion chasing Bolton before the hour mark was up.

Albion, though, maintained their record of never having lost to the Trotters at the Pirelli with some solid defending to kick start their home campaign.

After picking up the first point of the season in a goalless draw with Wycombe Wanderers, Albion returned to the Pirelli Stadium searching for that elusive first win of the season. That search resulted in three changes for Albion with Bobby Kamwa getting a first League start of the campaign as Jake Caprice switched to left wing back in place of Steve Seddon who dropped to the bench. Rekeem Harper returned in midfield in place of Kegs Chauke whilst Mark Helm was restored to the side as Mustapha Carayol who also found himself on the bench.

After a positive start Albion really should have taken the lead on eight minutes. Defender Jack Iredale gave away possession to Kamwa and the forward sped into the box, rounded keeper Nathan Baxter and then saw his shot hit the post as Iredale got back ready to clear.

Kamwa’s pace was a concern for the Bolton defence and the striker had another more difficult chance on twelve minutes but from the edge of the box drilled an effort wide of the target.

Wanderers, looking to hit back from a 4-0 defeat at home to Wigan last time out, grew into the game and Randell Williams had their first real chance midway through the half breaking into the box and after being forced wide by John Brayford, seeing his angled shot pushed around the post by Max Crocombe.

Rekeem Harper then had a chance pouncing on more dubious Bolton defending to drive into the box but his low shot rolled wide of Baxter’s goal.

As the game settled into more of an even battle, defences started to get on top but Crocombe still had to be alert when Charles’ effort on forty minutes came through a crowded box and safely into the keeper’s waiting arms.

The New Zealand keeper also did superbly when Charles crept in behind the Brewers defence but could not find a way past the stopper’s sprawling save.

Whilst Crocombe was keeping his first half clean sheet attention, and concern, switched to the other end where Mason Bennett required attention and could take no further part, limping off to be replaced by Josh Gordon.


Within a minute of the restart Albion got a goal to give them a real boost. Kamwa got into an attacking position on the right and when his low crossed was missed by a defender, HELM had the simple task of sweeping the ball into the empty net at the back post.

Bolton tried to hit back quickly and Victor Adeboyejo saw an acrobatic effort hit a grounded Brayford before dropping wide and Paris Maghoma also got into a good position but could not keep his effort down.

The visitors had their equaliser on 58 minutes when Albion’s back line failed to deal with a hopeful ball forward and CHARLES was able to capitalise to roll the ball into an unguarded goal.

Albion really should have gone back in front on 65 minutes, Brayford’s towering header dropping inside the six yard box where both Gordon and Deji Oshilaja could not quite squeeze it over the line.

Adeboyejo thought he had turned the game around completely for the visitors with twenty mintues remaining but he was denied by an outstanding save at close range by Crocombe.

It was the striker’s final action as Bolton made a triple substitution to try and swing the game in their favour in the latter stages.

Albion also threw on Mustapha Carayol and Kwadwo Baah late on but despite late skirmishes in both penalty areas a winner would not come for either side.

ALBION: Crocombe; Brayford, Hughes, Moon, Caprice (Seddon (90); Harper (Carayol, 78), Powell, Kamwa (Baah, 90), Oshilaja, Helm; Bennett (Gordon, 45).

Substitutes: Kean, Sweeney, Chauke.

GOALS: ALBION – Helm (46) ; BOLTON – Charles (58)

Referee: Carl Brook

Attendance: 3,711

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Ticket News


28 July 2023

TICKETS are now on sale for our home Sky Bet League One fixture against Bolton Wanderers.

The match takes place on Saturday, August 26, with a 3pm kick off.

Tickets for the fixture are priced as follows:


Adults: £22
Senior (65-plus): £20
Young Person (17-22): £20
Under-17: £12
Under-13: £12


Adults: £18
Senior (65-plus): £16
Young Person (17-22): £13
Under-17: £5
Under-13: £5

Early bird tickets are available up until 5pm the day before each matchday. Tickets purchased after this time will incur a £2.00 increase in price. The quickest and easiest way to purchase your tickets is online using this link, or if you are purchasing on your mobile phone use our web-based app.

You can also purchase tickets by visiting the Club Shop at the Pirelli Stadium, which is open from 8.30am-5.30pm every weekday, or you can call 01283 565938. 

When collecting tickets on match day please allow plenty of time as queues tend to be long. Please note that you will be asked for ID when collecting your tickets.

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