County held Championship side Bolton Wanderers to a goalless draw at Edgeley Park, as both clubs commemorated ten years since Danny Bergara’s passing in 2007.
From a defensive perspective, the game will give County fans heart, as they stopped a strong Bolton side from scoring inside 90 minutes. This, despite four changes to the back five whereby Ormson, Minihan, Smalley and Duxbury were given a start.
The game was one of few chances for both sides, Thomas had a volley sail over before Arma and Ameobi both had good chances saved to leave the score level at half-time.
Both sides made a number of changes after the break, with Phil Parkinson giving a number of trialists the opportunity to shine for his Wanderers side.
Gannon, meanwhile, brought Clarke, Whitty, Brazel, West, Etches and Downing. Continuing the remarkable feat of not using a single trialist during the whole of pre-season.
Wanderers had the better of the chances, with Ameobi and King causing a nuisance for the Hatters defence before the latter had the ball in the net, only for the goal to be ruled out by the linesman.
It finished goalless, an impressive and resolute display against a side tipped to go places in the second tier of English football.
FT: County 0-0 Bolton Wanderers
Starting XI: Ormson, Minihan (Downing), Smalley, O’Halloran (Clarke), (Whitty), Duxbury, Ball, Winter (c) (Brazel), Walker, Thomas (Cowan), Stephenson (Etches), Oswell (West)
Unused subs: Hinchliffe