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U18 REPORT: FLEETWOOD TOWN 3 WIGAN ATHLETIC 2

30 October 2016

Winning streak halted after away defeat at Fleetwood Town.

  • Latics' five game unbeaten run ends with 3-2 defeat away to Fleetwood Town.
  • Tom Hilton and Tom Powell on target as Latics taste first loss since September.
  • Latics had recorded three straight victories prior to Fleetwood clash.

FLEETWOOD TOWN 3
Mooney 6, 72
Dodd 70

WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Hilton 15
Powell 23

Latics' five game unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday at the hands of struggling Fleetwood Town in a goal-filled contest which saw Tom Hilton and Tom Powell's goals overturned by Alex Dodd and a Daniel Mooney double to earn the hosts a 3-2 victory.

Nick Chadwick's side arrived at Poolfoot Farm having collected three consecutive victories, but an early mistake from goalkeeper Jordan Perrin allowed Mooney to net his first of the game within just six minutes when the keeper's clearance landed straight at his feet, with the forward side-stepping Sam Stubbs to finish.

Latics' head stayed high though, and within less than 10 minutes Hilton had his side level when Joe Downey's low cross was delicately back heeled into the Fleetwood net for 1-1.

It got even better for Latics in the first half when leading goal scorer Powell netted his ninth of the season in the 23rd minute, following in Nathan Randell's cross from the right after excellent combinations in the final third.

Admittedly, Latics let it slip in the second half and couldn't retain the ball to the level they had in the first.

Dodd equalised for the hosts with 20 minutes remaining when he beat Latics' goalkeeper Perrin to a high ball over the top, winning the 50-50 challenge before finishing into an empty net.

Two minutes later and Latics fell behind to the winning goal, Mooney again on target after Perrin's clearance went out for a throw in to allow a Fleetwood attack out wide, with the forward finishing from a tight angle at the back post.

Latics almost clinched a point shortly after when substitute Charlie Jolley teed up Mwiya Malumo late on, but the striker was denied one-v-one with the Fleetwood keeper.

Latics: Perrin, Plant (Jolley 75), Golden, Hilton, Stubbs, Donaghey (Beaumont 78), Randell, Downey, Malumo, Powell (White 63), Taylor
Unused subs: Roberts, Forecast


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