Burnley edge out Latics 4-3 in EFL Youth Alliance.
- Wigan Athletic U18 3 - 4 Burnley U18.
- Callum Lang, Jamie Cotter and Joe Gelhardt goals for Latics, who surrender two-goal lead.
- First defeat in four for Nick Chadwick's side.
Latics' under-18s lost their first game since October as Burnley edged out Nick Chadwick’s side at Christopher Park.
Despite leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Callum Lang and Jamie Cotter, Latics allowed Burnley back into the game through goals from Tinashe Chakwana and Olatunde Bayode before the Clarets made it 4-2 with Tommy Wood and Tyler Shrimpton on the mark.
Joe Gelhardt scored a late goal for Chadwick’s boys to set up a tense finish, but they headed into Tuesday night’s FA Youth Cup Third Round tie at Exeter City on the back of a run of three games without a win.
It started so well at Christopher Park, though, as Cotter's cross found Lang, who slotted in from close range with a slight deflection from Oliver Younger.
The domination Latics enjoyed in the opening stages was further emphasised when Lang squared the ball to an unmarked Cotter, who rifled past Connor King.
However, the Clarets soon had their first real chance of the game - and took it - when Chakwana latched onto to King's long ball and slotted past Theo Roberts.
Latics came close to a third though when Nathan Randell tried a chipped effort from 30 yards after King came out of his area, however the attacker’s strike skimmed the bar.
The visitors, however, came out on the front foot in the second half and got what they deserved when Bayode found space and struck the ball from just outside the area which found the top corner to level things up.
Burnley then took the lead for the first time when Dwight McNeil fired off the crossbar from 25 yards and Tommy Wood smashed the rebound past Roberts.
Neat play and attacking football from the Clarets soon resulted in another goal and it was substitute Shrimpton who got it, as he slotted into the bottom corner after receiving a pass from Wood.
Latics didn’t back down, though, and grabbed a third when a mix up in the Clarets defence resulted in Geldhart shooting at King, taking a little deflection off Scott Wilson to find the back of the net.