Cosgrove scores stunning lob in stern Stockport test.
- Latics beaten 2-1 at Stockport County.
- Development Squad put through tough test at Edgeley Park.
- Sam Cosgrove lobs keeper for equaliser, but Latics beaten with 15 to go.
STOCKPORT COUNTY 2
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Latics' Development Squad were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Stockport County's Edgeley Park on Tuesday evening, as Sam Cosgrove's delightful lob couldn't prove enough to avoid defeat, with goals in each half from Josh Amis and Glenn Rule earning the National League North side the victory.
It was Latics' second first team test in under a week having previously draw 0-0 with Chorley FC last Wednesday, and the Hatters proved another stern test for Peter Atherton's side, who had Lee Nicholls to thank in the opening stages with a string of solid saves.
The first came just two minutes into the contest when Nicholls stretched impressively to deny Courtney Meppen-Walter's long range drive, before the hosts flashed a number of efforts across the former Englandf Under 20 international's goal.
Latics had their own chances in the first 45, with Cosgrove stinging the gloves of Ian Ormson with a powerful free kick, but it was ultimately Stockport who grasped the lead.
With little over half an hour played, John Marsden's high delivery from corner caused disruption in the penalty area, allowing Amis to head home from close range.
Latics pushed for an equaliser before the break, but they had to wait until 13 minutes into the second half when Nathan Randell fed the ball inside from the right to Callum Lang, who in turn slipped Cosgrove in on goal for a wonderful lob over the on-rushing Ormson.
Stockport put Latics under plenty of pressure throughout in a good challenge for the young side, but the defence eventually let slip 15 minutes from time when a cross from the left side fell to Rule just inside the area allowing him to powerfully beat Nicholls to clinch his side the victory.
Latics: Nicholls, Plant, Lingard, Omolokun (Trialist), Anson, M.Taylor, Boyd (Trialist), Gregory (Capt), Cosgrove, Randell, Lang
Subs: Lavercombe, Stubbs, Donaghey, Forecast, T.Powell