Latics held to second consecutive goalless draw.
- Latics draw 0-0 away at Rochdale to go two unbeaten.
- Consecutive draws in the EFL Youth Alliance stop losing streak.
- Three penalties claims waved away as Latics left frustrated.
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Latics continued to build towards their first EFL Youth Alliance victory of the season on Saturday with a second consecutive 0-0 draw, this time away at Rochdale, helping to build a two-match unbeaten run following three straight defeats.
On three separate occasions Latics felt they deserved more from the game with penalty claims waved away, but major encouragement came in the manner of the performance as Nick Chadwick's side look more and more likely to open their winning account in 2016/17.
It was a solid defensive performance all round against a Dale side Latics defeated to win the Youth Alliance last season, with a strong shape and patience on the ball, to keep the league's leading goal scorer Matty Gillam quiet throughout.
Latics were denied their first penalty shout in the first half when Callum Lang was nudged in the back, with the forward also on the end of trip whilst clean through on goal in the second half, again nothing given.
Chadwick's side knew their luck was out when Tom Powell's effort seemingly deflected behind off a Dale arm, but again Latics were left frustrated.
A major positive saw the return of Northern Ireland youth international Jack White in the second half, with the youngster looking sharp following a four-game absence.
Latics came a yard or so away from clinching victory in the closing stages, but McGuffie couldn't find the finish to Liam Rhoden's expressive wide play.
Latics: Roberts, Golden, Taylor, Forecast, Stubbs, Hilton (McGuffie 72), Randell (Rhoden 72), Fitton, Malumo (Sang 78), Lang, Powell (White 88)
Unused sub: Perrin