Bolton Wanderers have been handed a huge boost after avoiding a points deduction for failing to fulfill two fixtures.

The club began this term on minus 12 points after being hit with a deduction for going into administration prior to their recent takeover.

However they were at risk of further punishment after they failed to play two league games.

They failed to field a team for their Championship clash with Brentford at the end of last season, before their relegation.

They also postponed their clash League One game away at Doncaster Rovers in August.

The club had been fielding a team of young academy players in the preceding games whilst they waited for their takeover by the Football Ventures group from former Ken Anderson to go through.

The decision means Wanderers will not be cut adrift any further at the foot of League One

However they backed out of the midweek game against the Yorkshire side citing concerns over the welfare of the young players.

They were referred to an independent disciplinary commission by the football league (EFL) and the club pleaded guilty to the two charges at a hearing earlier this month.

However in an announcement which surprised many this evening they have avoided any further immediate deduction of points.

 

The EFL said the commission had ruled their five point deduction should be suspended for 18 months meaning they won't take effect unless the club is guilty of any further misdememaours.

Bolton, now managed by former Rochdale boss Keith Hill are currently four points adrift at the bottom of the table and have just one point despite three wins and four draws, due to their original deduction.

Bolton owenr Sharon Brittan (center) says the club are "pleased" with the outcome

The game with Doncaster will be rescheduled this season on a date to be confirmed.

The EFL can appeal the decision if they wish.

Reacting to the news Bolton chairman Sharon Brittan said: “We acknowledge the decision made by the panel and are pleased that these matters, which occurred under the previous administrations of the club, have now been resolved.

“The club was represented by our Legal Counsel and Matthew Bennett from Centrefield LLP whom I must thank for their professional advice and guidance throughout.

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“Our collective attention must now be fully focused on Keith Hill, his staff and players as we look to get as many points as we can to climb the Sky Bet League One table.

“Bolton Wanderers supporters and staff have shown tremendous patience and passion throughout and we are now looking forward to working together to continue the rebuilding of this great football club.”