Latics extend unbeaten run as Robles grabs brace against Morecambe.
- Morecambe 0 Latics 4 stretches unbeaten run to 11.
- Double from Robles and one each for Lambert and Harrison.
- Latics win ninth in a row in Youth Alliance.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Robles 12, 72
Peter Atherton's Latics turned in another dominant performance to claim a 4-0 away victory against Morecambe, making it nine straight wins in the Football League Youth Alliance and stretching their unbeaten run to 11 in all competitions.
Two goals from Louis Robles took him onto 16 for the season, whilst Liam Lambert netted his second in consecutive matches and Sean Harrison added a late header. At 1-0 Kelland Absalom impressively saved a penalty to keep Latics ahead.
Just 12 minutes into the clash at Preston Sports Arena, Robles stole in at the near post from a corner to head Latics in front and claim his 15th of the campaign.
Latics created a number of chances throughout the first half, with Robles denied twice.
Despite a quiet game for Wales Under 17 international Absalom between the sticks for Latics, he remained alert when called upon and just moments before the break he pulled off a telling save to deny Morecambe from the penalty spot.
After the scare, Latics' dominance paid off when they doubled their lead through Lambert, who arrived in the area to finish coolly from a right sided cross.
For the second game running defender Adam Anson was used up front alongside Robles, linking up well with Latics' top goal scorer, holding up play and causing the Morecambe defence big problems.
Robles himself was the player to extend Latics' lead when his diagonal run through a gap in the defence put him one-on-one with the keeper, another well timed and composed finish for 3-0.
Three minutes from time Harrison made it 4-0 to ensure Latics' place at the top of the Youth Alliance, a powerful header from a set piece.
Following the game, coach Peter Atherton said he was happy with the performance, a continued improvement from the 4-1 win against Port Vale:
"We dominated the game in a way which we probably didn't against Port Vale, I was very impressed and if anything we should have scored more.
"Louis has scored two very different goals which is great to see, and alongside him Adam Anson put in another good performance.
"I've got to praise Kelland too. It wasn't a busy afternoon for him, but he proved to be a match winner in respect of saving the penalty which kept us ahead going into half time."
Latics: Absalom, Burke, Langford, Gregory (Foukamene 77), Harrison, McNally, Cvetkovic (Redmayne 77), Purzycki, Anson (Baxendale 86), Robles, Lambert