Elias Kachunga’s stunning strike denied Cheltenham victory as Bolton battled to a 2-2 draw in League One.
The German striker struck in the 58th minute, cutting inside and curling a shot beyond the despairing dive of Robins goalkeeper Scott Flinders.
Bolton were forced to come from behind twice against the team which started the day one place above them in the table.
The lively Alfie May scored both Cheltenham goals, his first in the 14th minute as he latched onto a pass from Dan Crowley.
Bolton drew level in the 26th minute through Xavier Amaechi, who marked an impressive first start with a goal – stabbing the ball in from close range after the Cheltenham defence failed to clear Kieran Lee’s cross.
The Robins regained the lead in the fourth minute of time added on at the end of the first half. Once again it was May, producing a cool finish after Ellis Chapman’s through ball.
Kachunga’s fine solo strike just after the hour mark levelled things again for the hosts.
Bolton dominated the closing stages as they went in search of a winner but Cheltenham came closest to scoring when Kyle Joseph’s audacious effort was cleared for a corner.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 29GordonSubstituted forBaptisteat 84′minutes
- 5Almeida Santos
- 25ThomasonBooked at 30mins
- 14AmaechiSubstituted forDelfounesoat 70′minutes
- 28CrowleyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 89′minutes
- 9VassellSubstituted forWrightat 62′minutes
- 10MaySubstituted forNortonat 84′minutes
- Ross Joyce
Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Cheltenham Town 2.
Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Cheltenham Town 2.
Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Declan John with a cross.
Foul by George Thomason (Bolton Wanderers).
Christian Norton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Hussey.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Williams replaces Daniel Crowley.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Sean Long.
Attempt blocked. George Thomason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Christian Norton replaces Alfie May.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Alex Baptiste replaces Liam Gordon.
Attempt missed. Liam Gordon (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt saved. Liam Gordon (Bolton Wanderers) with an attempt from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Thomason.
Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Crowley.
Attempt missed. Callum Wright (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ellis Chapman.
Attempt saved. Eoin Doyle (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elias Kachunga.
Attempt missed. George Johnston (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Thomason.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Xavier Amaechi.
Foul by Elias Kachunga (Bolton Wanderers).
Matthew Pollock (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.