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18 March 2016

Latics looking to strengthen title charge at home to Morecambe.

  • Latics host Morecambe in the Youth Alliance on Saturday morning.
  • League leaders Latics looking to maintain four point advantage.
  • Defender Sam Stubbs provides his pre-match thoughts.

Wigan Athletic v Morecambe
Saturday 19 March 2016, kick off 11.00am
at Robin Park Arena
Football League Youth Alliance


Latics arrive back at Robin Park Arena off the back of a 0-0 draw away at Shrewsbury Town last weekend, currently boasting a three-game unbeaten run which saw them claim back-to-back victories over Blackpool and Port Vale in previous weeks.

Will Ryder's side sit four points clear at the top of the Football League Youth Alliance with 41 points from 19 matches, leading the way above Walsall who have 37 points from 21 games, Bury who have 37 points from 18 games and fourth place Tranmere Rovers who also have 37 points, but from 21 matches.

View the current standings.

Visitors Morecambe currently sit bottom of the division on eight points from 20 matches, with Latics triumphant in the previous meeting back in October, as Luke Burgess and Josh Gregory helped Latics to a 2-0 victory at Kendal Town.

You can watch the highlights from the previous meeting on Latics PlayerHD.


Last starting XI v Shrewsbury:
Absalom, Plant, Lingard, Stubbs, Burke, Beaumont, Rimmer, Baxendale, Sang, Barrigan, Lang


Admission to watch the match at Robin Park Arena is free on Saturday morning.  You can also follow the game live with our free interactive service Latics Wall, bringing you minute-by-minute text commentary and debate.

Goal and major incident updates will also be available on Twitter via @LaticsOfficial.


Sam Stubbs in action during this season's reverse fixture against Morecambe.

Latics boast the best defensive record in the league, conceding just 11 goals in their 19 outings so far, a record which first year apprentice Sam Stubbs says is down to the team's work ethic for each other.

The defender shared his thoughts ahead of the Morecambe match while speaking to the match day programme for his feature ahead of the Easter Monday first team game against Rochdale.

"We've been told by Will not to concentrate on the result too much, he says before every game that if we perform we'll win.

"We never go into games thinking we're going to win or thinking we're going to lose, we just concentrate on working as a team, it's a must that we work harder than the opposition.

"If we do that then our quality will show with the likes of James Barrigan, Sangy (Chris Sang) and Langy (Callum Lang) up front."

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