Latics produce emphatic victory over local rivals Blackpool to extend their run to 17 unbeaten in all competitions.
- U18 Report: Wigan Athletic 6 – 0 Blackpool
- Charlie Jolley hat-trick, Joe Gelhardt brace and Divin Baningime goal earn 6-0 win for Latics
- Latics extend lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance table
WIGAN ATHLETIC 6
C.Jolley 28, 65, 69
Gelhardt 32, 68
Wigan Athletic put six past Blackpool on Saturday afternoon to stretch their impressive unbeaten run to 17 games this campaign.
A hat-trick from Charlie Jolley, Joe Gelhardt (2) and Divin Baningime gave Latics the goals in a rampant display at Christopher Park.
Wigan Athletic went into the game having played the Tangerines earlier in the week, winning 4-0 to progress to the Quarter-finals of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup.
The hosts had the better of the first few minutes and should have gone ahead early on, though the returning Gelhardt failed to beat the Blackpool goalkeeper after he found his way behind their defence.
The England youth international was involved again soon after as his cleverly disguised pass found team-mate Jolley in his stride, but the striker failed to execute his latched effort into the net.
Latics kept pushing for the breakthrough and nearly found it on the 25 minute mark; their high press paid dividends in winning the ball back, but midfielder Will McGuffie, failed to keep his effort down from the edge of the box.
The hosts did deservedly take the lead through Jolley, though, after he rounded the goalkeeper to grab his third goal in two games.
Latics were in cruise control and doubled their lead five minutes later, Jolley was involved again, with his touch playing Gelhardt in-behind and he made no mistake from six-yards out.
Despite the visitors coming close to halving the deficit just after the break, Baningime grabbed the hosts’ third goal following his header, before Jolley added his second and Latics’ fourth four minutes later following a goal-mouth scramble, with the forward reacting the quickest to prod the ball over the line.
The hosts turned on the style with just over 20 minutes to go, with Jolley and Gelhardt heavily involved again, this time the latter getting his second goal of the game, firing home from close range after Jolley’s pull back.
The forward, who signed professional terms with the club last month, completed his hat-trick minutes later, converting his brother Harry Jolley’s low cross into the area.
Substitutes Mackenzie O’Neil and Mitchell Culshaw made an immediate impact off the bench, with both midfielders being denied goals following a string of good saves from the Blackpool goalkeeper.
Latics are in action again on Tuesday as they host Fleetwood Town in the Clarets Cup at Christopher Park, before travelling to Wolverhampton Wanderers on the 10th December in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
Latics: Jones, H.Jolley, Robinson, Obi, Long (Isherwood 78), Smith (capt), Weir (Culshaw 70), McGuffie, Gelhardt (J.Berry 78), Baningime (O’Neil 70), C.Jolley (Joseph 70).