Latics head to Port Vale for league opener.
- Port Vale v Latics in the Final Third Development League.
- Champions and runners-up from 2014-15 go head-to-head.
- Latics' first game of the FTDL season.
Port Vale v Wigan Athletic
Final Third Development League West
Wednesday 16 September 2015, kick off 2.00pm
Vale Park Training Pitches
Port Vale: Johnson, Steele, Deen-Conteh, Lloyd, Reeves, McGivern, Birchall, Brown, Daniel, Hopper, Kelly
Subs: Pickering, Turner, Faulkner, Gibbins, Morris
Latics: Evans, Baxendale, Lingard, Bauress, Purzycki, Burke, O'Brien, Hamilton, Holt, Cosgrove, Robles
Subs: Absalom, Barrigan, Stubbs, Bannister
Latics arrive at Port Vale off the back of a superb opening day of the season victory against Bolton Wanderers in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup last Thursday.
A hat-trick from Louis Robles saw Bolton out of the competition, with Latics impressing to win 3-2. Even more positive news came out of the game, with Grant Holt featuring for 55 minutes as he continued to step up his recovery from a serious knee injury.
Despite this being Latics' first FTDL fixture of the season, the Valiants have already kicked off their campaign with a win, travelling to and defeating Walsall 4-3.
It was close-fought in the FTDL last season, with the league title settled on goal difference and Port Vale taking the spoils. Latics finished on 25 points with a goal difference of five, with the hosts finishing top of the league, also on 25 points, but with a goal difference of 13.
Latics met the Valiants three times last season, coming out on top in the home fixture, but losing heavily twice on the road. The first clash came back in October 2014 when a young Latics side lost 5-1 to an experienced Vale outfit.
The return league fixture at Robin Park Arena was a crunch match towards the end of the season, which saw Jordan Flores and Tim Chow on the score sheet in a 2-1 victory, but Latics couldn't repeat the result when they travelled to Vale Park in the FTDL Cup semi-final and lost 4-0.
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