NATIONWIDE LEAGUE: Bolton's overdue return to form

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COLIN TODD saw his Bolton side return to form with a convincing 3-1 win over Port Vale at the Reebok stadium last night.

Bob Taylor, Per Frandsen and Arnar Gunnlaugsson each scored stunning goals before Port Vale grabbed a late consolation through Peter Beadle.

Todd said: "Overall the performance was one we take a lot of credit out of. They were great goals, well created and well taken."

Vale's manager, John Rudge, was obviously less happy about his side's defensive showing. "It was a disappointing night for us," he said, indicating that he is ready to move in the transfer market to replace the winger Gareth Ainsworth, who joined Wimbledon last week.

Queen's Park Rangers moved off the bottom of the First Division by beating Barnsley 2-1 at Loftus Road, but had to ride their luck. The Yorkshiremen hit the post once and the bar twice as well as having another effort cleared off the line as they attempted to fight back from two goals down.

Rangers' midfield debutante, Richard Langley, made a dream start, giving his team the lead after just 11 minutes by punishing a defensive mix-up in the Barnsley area.

The home side went further ahead on 40 minutes when Mike Sheron provided Kevin Gallen with an easy tap-in. Barnsley pulled one back two minutes after the interval through Martin Bullock but could not capitalise on their greater share of the play.

In the Second Division,Grant Brebner's 31st-minute goal was enough to clinch victory for Reading against York City.