Second defeat in a row for Latics on the road.CARLISLE UNITED 3
Brough 43, 72
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
An attempt to start up another positive run in the Youth Alliance proved fruitless this weekend as John Doolan's Latics side were beaten on their travels at the hands of Carlisle United despite drawing the game back level in the first half.
One from Connor Hammell and a double from Patrick Brough did the damage against Latics, but striker Sam Cosgrove kept up his scoring run in the team this season netting his 12th in all competitions.
Despite looking comfortable in the opening 15 minutes of the game, Latics fell behind when Carlisle exposed the offside trap to score on 16 minutes through Hammell as he slid the ball under the goalkeeper from just inside the area.
On 34 minutes Latics levelled and looked to be rebuilding themselves.
Jordan Flores played the ball to Cosgrove on the right edge of the area, with the striker cutting across goal, striding past two defenders and slotting the ball into the bottom right corner to wrong foot the Carlisle keeper.
Going into half time level would have given Latics a good footing for the rest of the game, but with two minutes to go Brough scored his first of two goals with a powerful finish.
Cosgrove was a man possessed throughout the afternoon, but Latics couldn't find the breaks needed to pull themselves back on level terms and with 18 minutes remaining the hosts pushed the game away from them with Brough on the score sheet again.
Latics: Maulby: Bannister (Leigh 58), Gibbons, Anson, McNally, Carey (Harrison 58), Poole, Gregory, Flores (Balogun 64), Trialist, Cosgrove