BOLTON Wanderers reserves suffered their first pre-season defeat after succumbing to a gutsy Lancaster City side at the Giant Axe.
The tone was set from the off when City took the lead inside the opening four minutes.
Alex Johnson raced between two defenders before scuffing a shot into the bottom corner of the net beyond an unsighted Jay Lynch in the Wanderers goal.
The early goal sparked a response from Bolton, and Oluwasamni Odelusi was unlucky with a back post effort that was well beaten away by Martin Fearon in the Lancaster goal.
But the hosts continued to look lively in the final third, and doubled their lead with a breakaway Alex Meaney goal midway through the half.
Bolton continued to huff and puff with little to show for their efforts.
However, an Andy Kellett goal did halve the deficit after the diminutive left-sider managed to bundle home from point blank range following a Joe Riley free-kick.
Riley could then have levelled the scores but was denied by a fine save from Fearon, which ultimately allowed the hosts to extend their lead further in first-half stoppage time. Michael Hall released Johnson, who calmly slotted beyond the onrushing Lynch.
After the break the game generated into a somewhat disjointed affair following a number of substitutions by both managers. And it was two of the Lancaster substitutes that sumptuously linked up for their fourth goal of the afternoon.
Zac Clarke hit a measured volley into the roof of the net following a clever dinked cross from Joe Bunny.
Riley almost pulled a goal back for Wanderers late on, but his header from Andy Kellett’s cross was well beaten away by the impressive Fearon in the Dolly Blues’ goal.
Lancaster City: Fearon, Wilson, Nightingale (Rothwell 46), Gregson, Marshall, Carney (Bunny 59), McKenna (Wills 59), Elderton, Johnson (Clarke 59), Meaney, Hall (Poole 69)
Bolton Wanderers: Lynch, Battersby (Threlkeld 46), Blakeman, Dennis, Eckersley (Hampson 46), Preston (Vela 55), Riley, Irwin McQuade 46), Odelsui (MacGregor 72), O’Halloran (Sampson 59), Kellett (Proudfoot 72) (Unused substitutes: Fielding)