Latics thump Tranmere to open up gap at the top.
- Latics' 4-1 win moves them two points clear of Bury in the Youth Alliance.
- Second place Bury drew away at Rochdale.
- Barrigan (pen), Donaghey and Lang (2) secure comfortable victory.
TRANMERE ROVERS 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Barrigan 3 (pen)
Lang 35, 79
It's advantage Latics in the Football League Youth Alliance following the weekend's 4-1 victory away at Tranmere Rovers, as the win was coupled with a 0-0 draw for second place Bury at Rochdale, allowing Will Ryder's side to move two points clear at the top.
James Barrigan opened the scoring just three minutes in from the penalty spot, with Latics reacting well to Tranmere's 15th minute equaliser by retaking the lead through Shane Donaghey five minutes later. Lang's double rounded off the victory, extending the lead to 3-1 10 minutes before half time, with his second coming 11 minutes from full time to kill off the contest.
Lang was heavily involved in Latics' four goals, earning his side a penalty with less than three minutes on the clock when his movement and dribbling down the right saw him tripped inside the box. Leading scorer Barrigan stepped up confidently to find the bottom right corner to score his 17th of the season in all competitions.
Tranmere leveled inside the opening 15 minutes when a lapse of concentration saw the hosts react first to turn in a corner at the near post, but Latics were soon back on top with more progressive attacking play.
Barrigan turned provider this time, darting inside from the left to find Donaghey 25 yards from goal. The combative midfielder took a steady touch to drive him forwards and beyond the nearest defender, before guiding a well placed effort into the bottom right corner.
A third followed before half time, and again Latics' attacking movement paid off when Lang found space on the edge of the area to delicately loop the ball into the bottom left corner for 3-1.
Latics were firmly in control and with 11 minutes left on the clock, Lang grabbed his second and his team's fourth when he rose highest from a Donaghey corner to head across and over the stranded goalkeeper and into the left corner of the goal.
The 4-1 victory has Latics top of the Youth Alliance on 53 points and Bury second on 51 points, with four matches for both sides, including a meeting between the two at Robin Park Arena later this month.
Latics: Evans, Plant, Lingard, Donaghey (Fitton 89), Baxendale, Stubbs, Lang, Trialist (Burgess 70), Sang, Barrigan, White (Taylor 81)