The Tigers’ Under-23s recorded a second successive victory with a 3-0 win against Professional Development League North leaders Bolton Wanderers at North Ferriby on Monday night.
Trialist Fergus McAughtrie started on the left as Jon Beale made three changes to the side that had won away at Birmingham City ten days earlier. Dan Batty and Will Annan returned to the side with Keane Lewis-Potter, Billy Chadwick and Liam Edwards dropping out – the latter two being named on the bench.
Tyler Hamilton had the first chance of the game but his strike from just outside the box was kept out by Trotters keeper Jake Turner low to his left.
Hamilton was again involved when his surging run and pass almost found McAughtrie but the trialist was denied by a well-timed tackle from Liam Morris. From Dan Batty’s corner, Hamilton’s close-range header was held by Turner.
Following an impressive start, the Tigers took a deserved lead on 27 minutes when McAughtrie’s pass found Olley out on the left. The midfielder forged space with a couple of step-overs before whipping the ball into the top corner from thee edge of the box with a stunning curling effort.
Bolton were reduced to ten men four minutes later when Jeff King was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Adam Curry.
Beale’s side looked to make their numerical advantage count before the interval but Brandon Fleming’s low left-foot strike was gathered at the second attempt by Turner and Annan’s header from a Fleming corner was cleared by the Bolton defence.
Hamilton was again prominent at the start of the second period as his shot from outside the box was fumbled by Turner but Liam Edwards was on hand to clear the danger for the visitors.
Tom Powell shot narrowly wide before City doubled their lead nine minutes after the restart. Powell appeared to be fouled but the referee allowed play to continue and Annan unleashed a superb right foot strike into the top corner of the net that gave Turner no chance whatsoever.
Bolton’s first real chance of the game came after a fine run from Connor Hall but Callum Burton did well to stick out his right foot to prevent the Trotters’ frontman’s effort from nestling in the bottom corner.
Turner kept his side in the game with two outstanding saves. Firstly he tipped away Fleming’s curling free-kick which was heading for the top corner before reacting superbly to push away Robbie McKenzie’s close-range header.
Annan saw a volley blocked from a Batty corner before the Trotters broke away from a Tigers corner but substitute Cole Lonsdale wasted the chance by firing high and wide.
The Tigers made certain of the points 20 minutes from time when Olley did well on the left and pulled the ball back for Powell who fired a first-time effort past Turner.
The Bolton custodian produced another fine save to prevent a fourth goal, denting Olley after he had been sent free into the box by Hamilton’s perfectly-weighted pass, before Luer was narrowly off target with a fine effort on the volley.
Lonsdale went close to a consolation goal for Bolton in added time but his left foot strike flew inches past the angle of post and crossbar as the Tigers claimed a second successive win and clean sheet.
Hull City: Callum Burton, Josh Clackstone, Brandon Fleming, Dan Batty, Robbie McKenzie, Adam Curry (James Yates 77), Tyler Hamilton, Greg Olley (Billy Chadwick 82), Tom Powell (Greg Luer 71), Will Annan, Fergus McAughtrie.
Subs Not Used: Jonathan Saltmer, Liam Edwards.
Bolton Wanderers: Jake Turner, Harry Brockbank, Joe Muscatt, Liam Edwards, Adam Mitchell, Shakeel Jones-Griffiths (Luca Navarro 82), Liam Morris, Jack Earing, Connor Hall (Matt Fearnley 84), Jeff King, Ryan White (Cole Lonsdale 55).
Subs Not Used: James Aspinall, Laurence Smith.