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10 September 2015

Robles takes home the match ball, as Grant Holt steps up recovery.

  • Robles hat-trick sends Latics through in 3-2 LFA Cup win.
  • Grant Holt plays 50 minutes in cup tie against Bolton.
  • Latics through to second round.

Robles 7, 44, 82

Thomas 27
Newell 73

Louis Robles was on target with a hat-trick for Wigan Athletic's Development Squad as they won 3-2 at Robin Park Arena against Bolton Wanderers in the first round of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup.

The striker was on the end of two superb passes in the first half, before working on his own to complete his hat-trick.  Assists came from Matty Hamilton and Grant Holt, with the latter stepping up his recovery from a serious knee injury with over 50 minutes in the match.

Victory over local rivals Bolton starts Latics' season with a bang, and a place in the second round of the competition.

Latics started strongly and within the opening two minutes Holt and Robles had linked up to send Alex Lingard into a crossing position down the left wing, unfortunately his inviting ball into the box wasn't turned in.

Five minutes later and Latics' forceful attacking play resulted in the opening goal of the game.  A deft, volleyed pass over the top of the Bolton defence from Matthew Hamilton sailed into the path of Robles down the left side, perfectly weighted for him to take a touch and drive the ball across the keeper, off the right post and into the back of the net.

Inside the 10th minutes Latics came close to doubling their lead with another delightful move.  Goalkeeper Kelland Absalom cleared wide left for Lingard who sent the ball over the top first time for Robles, his low cross turned just wide of the left post by Sam Cosgrove (returning to action for Latics following a loan spell with AFC Barrow).

Absalom was called into action for the first time in the 17th minute when he denied Liam Trotter with a smart save, but 10 minutes later he couldn't do anything to deny Jamie Thomas from the penalty spot.

An under hit clearance by the goalkeeper was pounced on by George Newell, who was judged to have been fouled by Latics' trialist Brad Bauress just inside the box.

Thomas stepped up confidently, driving his spot kick into the bottom left corner.

Latics were back in front a minute before half time when Robles added his second, another excellent display of Latics' threat up front.  Right centre back Arnie Baxendale clipped the ball over the last defender for Holt to cut a pass back through the box from the right by-line for Robles to side foot into the bottom left corner.

Holt was replaced in the 56th minute by Josh Gregory, with Cosgrove also replaced 10 minutes later by Under 18 leading goal scorer James Barrigan.

Out of nowhere Bolton found themselves level in the 73rd minute, when a failed clearance at close range hit Newell, the ball falling into a shooting position for an easy finish.

With 10 minutes to go Barrigan almost nudged Latics back in front, getting onto the end of a Hamilton back heel, only to drag his shot wide of the right post.

A minute later and Latics had to call upon Absalom to keep the score level, an excellent right handed save low to his right from Bolton substitute Chris Cvetko's effort.

Moments after a final change for Latics which saw Adrian Purzycki introduced, Robles grabbed his hat-trick goal with a piece of individual determination.

Battling to keep the ball alive on the left by-line, Robles muscled off his opponents, before dodging by a second defender and firing the ball low between Harry Campbell's legs in the Bolton goal.

Latics worked hard to hold out a late flurry of Bolton advances, booking their place in the next round with a determined performance.

Latics: Absalom, Baxendale, Lingard, Bauress (Trialist) (Purzycki 82), Anson, Burke, O'Brien, Hamilton (Capt), Holt (Gregory 56), Cosgrove (Barrigan 66), Robles
Unused Subs: Roberts, Stubbs

Bolton: Campbell, Pisano (Campbell-Young 71), Garrett, Taylor, Maher, Medo (Samizadeh 75), Lussey, Trotter (Cvekto 71), Newell, Walker, Thomas
Unused Subs: Fitzsimmons, Ceberio

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