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REPORT: SOUTHPORT 0 - 2 WIGAN ATHLETIC

18 July 2015

Latics record first pre-season win as two Southport own goals round off dominant performance.

  • Latics in control throughout as Vanarama National League side defeated 2-0.
  • Will Beesley and a Southport trialist divert into their own goal either side of half-time.
  • Over 1,200 Latics fans make the trip to the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
Two Southport own goals helped Latics record their first win of pre-season as Gary Caldwell’s side produced a dominant display on a wonderful afternoon at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Will Beesley and a Southport trialist converted into their own goal either side of half-time to give Latics the victory on an afternoon that saw Will Grigg make his debut for the club.

Caldwell began the fixture with Richard O’Donnell in goal, trialist Kevin McNaughton and Andrew Taylor as wing backs and a central defensive trio of James Perch, Donervon Daniels and Craig Morgan.

David Perkins sat in behind Tim Chow and Max Power in midfield whilst Sanmi Odelusi partnered Billy Mckay in attack.

Trialist McNaughton had two early chances from Taylor crosses but both missed the target at the back post before the former Cardiff City and Middlesbrough man shot against the bar from ten yards after a cross from his former teammate.

Odelusi then headed a Power set-piece off target before Chow nearly met a Taylor pass with a good run into the area but Southport cleared.

The former Bolton man saw a shot pushed wide by the keeper before good Mckay and McNaughton interplay teed up Taylor who curled over from the edge of the penalty area with his weaker right foot.

The game looked to be going in level at the break when Power, after good work with Chow, curled off the inside of the post.

However, Mckay weaved into the left channel of the penalty area minutes later to cross before Beesley fired into his own goal with the last kick of the first-half.

Southport had a couple of early chances to level in the second-half but it was 2-0 shortly as Power’s free-kick was diverted into his own goal by a Southport defender on trial with the club.

At the other end, Richard O’Donnell produced a superb save to deny the Sandgrounders a way back into the game as their number nine, also on trial, went through one-on-one.

Adrian Purzycki had the ball in the net midway through the second-half but saw his goal ruled out for offside before Will Grigg, making a late substitute appearance for his debut, had the chance to open his account only to lose his touch when played in one-on-one by Josh Gregory.

A Jordan Flores pass gave Ryan Jennings a late opportunity too but he saw his effort cleared off the line.

Latics: O’Donnell, McNaughton [trialist] (Flores), Taylor (Gregory), Perch, Daniels (Anson), Morgan (Barnett), Chow (Burke), Perkins (Purzycki), Power (Jennings), Odelusi (Grigg), Mckay (Robles).

Subs not used: Nicholls, Waghorn, Tavernier.

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