Latics held away to Wrexham despite dominant second half.
- Latics on top in 1-1 away draw at Wrexham.
- Alex Cvetkovic equalised after early set back.
- Bury go top by one point as Wrexham hold on to frustrate Latics.
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Latics were left frustrated in North Wales on Saturday as they were held out by Wrexham despite a dominant display. An early slip up was soon cancelled out when Alex Cvetkovic equalised after just eight minutes, but constant pressure, including hitting the cross bar and forcing Wrexham goalkeeper Adam Whitlock into a string of saves, wasn't enough as rivals Bury leapfrogged Latics to top spot.
It was very much a false dawn in the early stages for Wrexham when they took the lead inside the first minute. Latics didn't get going and the hosts grabbed the advantage after a mix up on the edge of the area, but it wasn't to be for long and from the first minute to the 90th it looked like there would only be one winner.
Cvetkovic's follow up levelled the game on eight minutes, after Adrian Purzycki and Sam Cosgrove had shots saved in the build up, before the ball fell around the penalty spot for the midfielder to finish emphatically.
Controversy overshadowed the first half following an horrendous challenge on Cosgrove which saw only a yellow card brandished to a Wrexham defender. As Latics attempted to counter from a corner, the ball wriggled free at the feet of Cosgrove. The ball was loose, the striker reached it first to poke it past the incoming defender, but with a run from distance from the Wrexham man, Cosgrove had no chance of evading what appeared to be a lunge in a dangerous manner with both feet leaving the ground.
Cosgrove dusted himself off and carried on, as did Latics' chances on goal, the first of which saw Josh Gregory send Louis Robles over the top, but a low save by Whitlock denied the striker.
Liam Lambert was next to test the reflexes of the Wrexham keeper, as he saw a right footed, half volley pushed wide of the post.
The shot count rose in the second half, but even leading goal scorer Robles couldn't break the one-man rearguard provided by Whitlock. Robles saw an early second half chance from a Cvetkovic cross go agonisingly over the bar, before strike partner Cosgrove broke down the middle, only to pull a low shot narrowly wide of the left post.
Latics' best chance to clinch all three points came at the end of a fabulous passage of football. Gregory started and almost finished what would have easily been a goal of the season contender, plucking the ball out of the air in midfield, before turning, stepping over the ball and darting towards the area to latch onto the end of Cvetkovic's threaded pass.
The only thing denying Gregory his moment of glory was a finger-tipped save from Whitlock, who somehow managed to push the midfielder's effort over the cross bar.
Moments later the bar denied Latics, when Lambert crashed a left foot volley off the frame of the goal.
It wasn't to be Latics' day, as Wrexham held out for a point. Bury's 4-0 victory over Accrington Stanley earlier in the day leaves Latics in second place, just one point behind the Shakers.
Latics: Evans, Burke, McNally, Gregory, Anson, Langford, Cvetkovic, Purzycki, Cosgrove, Robles, Lambert
Unused subs: Absalom, Barrigan, Lingard, Baxendale, Bannister