Late Chow goal earns Joe Parkinson’s side a win in their first league assignment.
- Fyvie scores superb double.
- Latics kick off new campaign with win.
- Chow strikes late for all three points.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Fyvie 67, 88
Wilson o.g. 59
Latics’ development squad got their 2014-15 Final Third Development League West campaign off to a flyer as two superb strikes from Fraser Fyvie helped Joe Parkinson’s side earn a 4-3 win over Wrexham at Christopher Park.
Martyn Waghorn opened the scoring for Latics before three goals in the space of two minutes on the hour mark gave the Red Dragons a 3-1 lead.
Tim Chow bagged the winner in second-half injury time as Latics began their defence with a win.
Gary Caldwell and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair also got through 90 minutes on Tuesday afternoon with Uwe Rosler watching to check the progress of some of his first-team squad members.
Latics’ goalkeeper Connor Keane was in fine form in the early stages, denying Nick Rushton and Andy Bishop with smart saves before Theo Bailey-Jones’ follow-up went harmlessly over.
Waghorn, who scored his first goal of the campaign for the first-team on Saturday, opened the scoring on 24 minutes as he chested down Sean Harrison’s long ball before poking through Andy Coughlin’s legs.
Caldwell protected Latics’ lead with a goal-line clearance on the half hour after Bailey-Jones had got in behind and poked past Keane.
Johnny Hunt forced an early second-half save out of Keane before Waghorn was denied again by Coughlin.
As the hour mark approached, Wrexham levelled through an own goal from Michael Wilson as the young defender, under pressure from Joe Whittington, diverted beyond Keane from the penalty spot.
It took just a few seconds for the Welsh outfit to take the lead as Bailey-Jones broke down the right and cut back for Bishop to fire home ten yards out.
That lead was doubled just a minute later as Corey Roper drilled the ball over the top for Whittington who beat the offside trap before lobbing Keane with an elegant finish.
It took just five minutes for Latics to find a way back into the game, though, as Waghorn, with his back to goal, set Fyvie before the Scot crashed a powerful right-footed drive into the right-hand stanchion of Coughlin’s goal.
Latics continued to probe for an equaliser with Waghorn, Chow and Jordan Flores all going close but it was looking as if it would be to no avail until Fyvie popped up with a second two minutes from time.
The young midfielder again linked up with Waghorn before driving a low right-foot shot into Coughlin’s bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards.
But the game wasn’t finished there as Chow, who minutes before saw a good header from a Taylor-Sinclair cross well saved, didn’t give up on his initially loose pass and raced clear to slot past Coughlin when one-on-one.
Latics: Keane, Harrison (Balogun 37), Caldwell, Wilson, Tavernier (Jennings 23), Taylor-Sinclair, Flores, Chow, Fyvie, Hamilton, Waghorn