Latics make it five unbeaten with 2-0 victory on the road.
- Match report from Morecambe 0 Latics 2.
- U18s now five unbeaten in all competitions.
- Goals from Luke Burgess and Josh Gregory seal controlled victory.
- Photo Credit - Richard Edmondson.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Latics made it five games unbeaten in all competitions on Saturday afternoon, with goals from Luke Burgess and Josh Gregory helping to see off Morecambe 2-0 in the Football League Youth Alliance at Kendal Town.
Will Ryder's side dominated the first half for long periods and took an early lead thanks to Burgess' first goal of the season, before Gregory added his second in consecutive games to push the game beyond a Morecambe side who were lucky only to have conceded twice.
The victory was Latics' third game unbeaten in the Youth Alliance and, after Fleetwood Town and Walsall drew 2-2, has helped close the gap on the teams closer to the top, with Latics in fifth place.
Latics moved the ball well in the opening stages of the game, with good combinations in the final third leading to the opening goal.
Under 16 right back Tyler Golden helped Latics on their way forward on his first start for the Under 18s, feeding Nathan Randell down the right side. The forward's cross reached Burgess in the area, he played a neat one-two with Gregory, before driving the ball low into the bottom right corner from just inside the penalty area.
Latics could have been further ahead by half time, but had to settle for a one-goal lead, before adding to their tally just over 10 minutes into the second half.
This time Gregory turned scorer, when he nodded Matty Rimmer's corner low towards goal and between the goalkeepers legs for 2-0.
Despite a heavy pitch, Latics continued to impress, controlling proceedings and limiting Morecambe to very few chances to go on to claim their sixth clean sheet of the season thanks to a solid defensive display.
Speaking after the match, coach Will Ryder said:
"All-in-all it was a very good performance from the lads. We played the ball well in the first half, but just lacked that clinical edge which could have had the game settled by half time.
"I was really happy to see Luke (Burgess) get his first goal because he's deserved it, and it was good to see Josh (Gregory) get his second in two games after missing a few games with illness and injury recently.
"A big mention has to go to Tyler (Golden) as well. He made his debut as a substitute, but hadn't started for us before, so to see him settling in with the team and helping us to keep a clean sheet is very promising."
Latics are back in action this Tuesday afternoon when they welcome York City to Robin Park Arena for a 3.00pm kick off in the first round of the FA Youth Cup, a fixture Ryder says his players will treat no differently to any other.
"The lads are excited, that's natural because of the prestige of the competition, but we'll approach it in exactly the same way we do every game and we're feeling ready for it.
"We know that if we perform well we'll get the result, it's up to us to make sure we keep our high standards."
You can see the Under 18s in action at Robin Park tomorrow (Tuesday 27 October), with admission at £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for Under 16s.