Latics’ Under 21 team have started brightly with just one defeat in five games in the Professional Development League Two North
Graham Barrow’s men currently occupy seventh place in the division with two wins, two draws and one defeat at the hands of Leeds United at Elland Road.
On Monday, Latics sealed their second home win this season with Mauro Boselli netting the only goal in a 1-0 win against Birmingham City and Callum McManaman continuing to impress in a stand-out performance at Robin Park Arena.
A Danny Redmond brace looked to have set Latics on their way to a first away league win of the season, scoring twice in the opening half-hour against Sheffield United away. But, the adverse weather conditions of the past few weeks put a stop to that as the referee abandoned the game with the pitch becoming too dangerous to play on as rain battered South Yorkshire.
The 21-year-old was left frustrated because of the brace that didn’t count.
“As soon as I scored the second the referee blew up which was a bit gutting for me but, there’s always the next games to get those goals back.
“The referee had checked with the managers a bit earlier in the game whether they wanted to carry on and we did for a bit but then the weather and the pitch just became too dangerous.
“I don’t blame the referee for calling it off despite being a bit gutted personally having scored two goals, at the end of the day it was the safest thing for the players.
“The goals would have made me top goal scorer in the squad.
“When you play in midfield you don’t get many chances to be there top scorer but, hopefully I can get some more goals in the next games and get a good tally going.”
In other Under 21 news, Roman Golobart has returned from his loan period at Tranmere Rovers today after making two appearances and helping the side to keep one clean sheet.
Nouha Dicko continues to impress in his second spell on loan at Blackpool and Tuesday night saw him score a dramatic, late overhead kick to seal a 3-2 victory over Hull City.
The goal marks his third of the season, after scoring against Leeds United and Ipswich Town in August.
In the npower League Two, Lee Nicholls continues to impress and has now kept five clean sheets for Northampton Town in 11 games.
He couldn’t keep out Burton Albion though in a 3-3 draw, with them introducing Rob Kiernan for his debut at the club after joining on loan at the end of last month.
The Republic of Ireland Under 21 international played a bit part in the Brewers’1-0 victory against Southend last night, starting the game and playing well at the back to preserve a clean sheet for Gary Rowett’s team.
You can find more information in the £3 match day programme each home game, this week there is an exclusive interview with Garswood based Steven Boothman and an updated league table.