Late Matty Taylor strike earns a point for Nick Chadwick’s side on Friday morning against Blackpool.
- Latics’ U18s come from two goals down to earn a point against Blackpool.
- Matty Taylor and Tom Powell on the mark for Nick Chadwick’s side.
- Powell now the division’s leading goal-scorer with nine league goals (13 in all competitions).
Nick Chadwick’s Wigan Athletic under-18s made life hard for themselves of Friday morning but came from two goals down to extend their unbeaten run to three matches as Tom Powell and Matty Taylor strikers earned a 2-2 draw with Blackpool in the EFL Youth Alliance.
Latics, hosting the match at Christopher Park despite officially being the away side, couldn’t have got off to a worse start as Josh Beaumont headed clear a Caleb Richards for a cross only Christian N’Guessan to fire home a superb strike from 25 yards, leaving goalkeeper Theo Roberts with no chance.
Just before the half hour, Blackpool doubled their lead as Rowan Roache’s free-kick from distance was spilled by Roberts after sliding off the wet surface and Ralph Chea was quickest to react to bundle the ball into the back of the net from close range.
Academy manager Gregor Rioch and Chadwick encouraged their side that they could change the course of the game in the second-half after struggling throughout the first 45 minutes to adapt the game situation and falling behind so early.
A change of formation was apparent and it took just two minutes for Latics to pull a goal back as Powell finished brilliant after Jack White’s cross had been cleared by Blackpool’s goalkeeper.
Powell played a part in the equaliser too as he beat two Blackpool midfielders with some neat skill before playing Callum Lang into the area who then pulled the ball back for Taylor to fire home, with the help of a deflection, 13 minutes from time.
Two minutes later, Chris Merrie came off the bench to make his first appearance since picking up an injury in last season’s FA Youth Cup Fifth Round defeat to Manchester City.
Chadwick’s side are now up to eighth in the EFL Youth Alliance with striker Powell now on nine league goals for the season, making him the top-scorer in the division.
Latics: Roberts, Golden (Merrie 79), White, Plant, Stubbs, Taylor, Beaumont (Hilton 45), Donaghey, Powell, Randell (Malumo 45), Lang.