Nine game unbeaten run in Youth Alliance ends at Wrexham.
- Wrexham end Latics' nine-game unbeaten run in the league.
- Sang gave Latics first half lead before Wrexham treble.
- Latics remain top ahead of Bury.
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Latics' nine-game unbeaten run in the Football League Youth Alliance came to an end on Saturday at the hands of a 3-1 away defeat to Wrexham. Despite Chris Sang giving Latics the lead, Will Ryder's side suffered on a challenging surface, with the hosts also taking advantage of defensive errors.
Defeat still leaves Latics on top of the Youth Alliance with 34 points, however second place Bury on 30 points now have a game in hand.
Entering the game off the back of Tuesday night's thrilling FA Youth Cup encounter with Manchester City at the DW Stadium, Latics looked to continue their momentum in the league, with Sang on target in typically devastating fashion.
Latics worked the ball well around their back line, before Matty Taylor found Sang on the left touchline, a quick one-two with James Barrigan allowed the striker into space on the edge of the box, with a thumping right-footed effort finding the bottom left corner for 1-0 in the 25th minute.
Wrexham had their equaliser before half time, when a back pass by Sam Stubbs was only half cleared by goalkeeper Kelland Absalom, allowing Leo Smith to steal the ball and finish one-on-one.
Leo Smith also grabbed the hosts' second goal, again opportunistic to pick up on a loose ball in Latics' defence after Stubbs' back pass to Absalom got caught in the muddy surface, allowing the forward to make no mistake with his second of the match.
The third goal was left to namesake Johnny Smith to score. Arnie Baxendale had advanced down the left and came under a challenge which looked like a foul, but with the referee waving play on, Wrexham launched a counter attack. Leo Smith was released down the right side, sprinting between defenders before poking the ball through Absalom's legs, only to find Stubbs on the line ready to clear, unfortunately for the defender Johnny Smith was closing down, with the clearance bouncing straight back into the goal off his chest.
Latics: Absalom, Baxendale, Taylor (Lingard 58), Fitton (Gregory 58), Burke, Stubbs, Beaumont, Lang, Sang (Burgess 73), Barrigan, Powell