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U18 REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2

14 September 2015

Three game winning streak ends with 2-0 home loss.

  • Report from Latics 0 Accrington Stanley 2.
  • Home winning run ended with defeat at Robin Park.
  • Latics undone by second half goals.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 0

ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2
Ogle 46
Waterhouse 76

Latics' three-game winning streak in the Football League Youth Alliance came to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 home defeat to Accrington Stanley, after second half goals from Reagan Ogle and Harry Waterhouse at Robin Park Arena.

It had been three straight league wins without conceding for Will Ryder's side in an impressive start to the 2015-16 campaign, but despite a solid first half performance, the visitors took the spoils.

Despite dominating possession, Latics were left wanting in the final third and struggled to break down a packed Accrington defence.

Accrington took the lead a minute after the restart, when a one-two in midfield allowed shooting space for Ogle, the forward's low effort from distance deflecting into the bottom right corner of Kelland Absalom's goal.

The visitors doubled their lead 14 minutes from time when a cross from the left was flicked up into the air inside Latics' penalty area, with an unmarked Waterhouse able to turn in a close range effort.

Assessing the match at Christopher Park on Monday morning, Head of Academy Gregor Rioch said:

"Accrington came with a game plan, they sat deep and defended well behind the ball which was difficult to break down.

"We dominated in possession but lacked that creativity to win the game.  It's a good test for the group because it means we can work on better combination play in the final third.

"Had we managed to score I think we could have gone on to open them up more, but we were left chasing the game having conceded so early in the second half.

"Looking back at the game we probably could have played with a higher tempo, but at this age losing is part of the development of each player and we'll certainly learn things from the defeat."

Latics: Absalom, Burke, White (Taylor 56), Gregory, Beaumont, Stubbs, Rimmer (Baxendale 56), Randell, Sang, Barrigan, Merrie (Powell 69)
Unused subs: Roberts, Forecast


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