Latics extend lead at Youth Alliance summit.
- Latics claim comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley.
- Sang, Barrigan and Stubbs on target as Latics remain top.
- Four point lead over Bury in the Youth Alliance.
Match played at Christopher Park, but classed as Burnley home fixture.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
Latics comfortably extended their lead at the top of the Football League Youth Alliance on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Burnley at Christopher Park, thanks to goals from Chris Sang, James Barrigan and Sam Stubbs.
The victory came just four days after Latics' exploits in the FA Youth Cup which saw them progress 1-0 against Derby County at the DW Stadium, with Saturday's result only strengthening their impressive recent form, which now stands at nine league matches unbeaten, including seven consecutive victories.
Latics were in charge throughout the 90 minutes against a lowly Burnley side, taking advantage of Bury's 1-1 draw with Morecambe to move four points above the young Shakers, despite them having a game in hand.
Hero of Tuesday night's cup win, Chris Sang was the man to open the scoring against the Clarets, expertly turning in Callum Lang's cross from the right by-line, volleying first time across the keeper from the near post into the left corner.
The goal came as a result of a clever combination between Lang and Luke Burgess, but it wasn't a scratch on the combinations during the build up to Latics' second.
It was a move which started with a midfield pass back to goalkeeper Kelland Absalom, and continued to garner 16 passes before the finish, including a clever one-two down the right wing, which saw Burgess send Arnie Baxendale scampering on his way to provide the cut back for James Barrigan's ninth league goal of the season.
With the opening two goals coming either side of half time, Latics were in a strong position for the final half an hour, and made it even sturdier when defender Sam Stubbs thumped in a header from Barrigan's corner in the 65th minute.
Latics played out the remaining 25 minutes will relative ease, setting themselves up well for the trip to Fleetwood Town on Saturday 30 January.
Latics: Absalom, Baxendale (Plant 76), Taylor, Gregory (Beaumont 72), Burke, Stubbs, Rimmer (Lang 25), Burgess, Sang, Barrigan, Merrie