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MATCH PREVIEW: LATICS HOST AFC FYLDE IN THE EMIRATES FA CUP

12 December 2017

Latics aim to set up third round trip to Premier League AFC Bournemouth.

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v AFC Fylde.
  • Paul Cook’s Latics go in search of a third round trip to AFC Bournemouth in the Emirates FA Cup.
  • Tickets - Adults £10, Over 65s & U18s £5.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v AFC FYLDE
EMIRATES FA CUP – SECOND ROUND
TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 7.45PM

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

A trip to AFC Bournemouth of the Premier League awaits tonight’s winner, with AFC Fylde visiting the DW Stadium for the first time in their history as Paul Cook and his Latics side aim to knock out Dave Challinor’s Coasters at the second attempt.

The former Tranmere Rovers team mates met head on 12 days ago in the opening fixture of the Emirates FA Cup second round, but Latics couldn’t overcome their National League opponents on a historic evening at Fylde’s Mill Farm, with Will Grigg’s first half opener cancelled out by Danny Rowe’s second half spot kick.

Giving little away in terms of team selection, Latics assistant manager Leam Richardson is confident that whoever lines up come kick off, Latics will be capable of getting the job done.

“We are fortunate that we have a good squad and we have good players that, as you have seen through the season, can go in and play in any kind of unit and position and play well.”

Will Grigg celebrates in the reverse fixture at Mill Farm

Will Grigg on target in the first meeting 12 days ago.

FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX (ALL COMPETITIONS)

Latics - LLWWDW
AFC Fylde - WLWWDL



Latics made it three straight league wins on Saturday.

CONNECTIONS

There are three current connections between the two teams and all three play their football at Mill Farm.

Midfielder Lewis Montrose was a trainee and latterly young professional with Latics in the early 2000s, making two senior appearances for the club.  Fellow ex-Latics young pro Josh Langley, son of Latics legend Kevin Langley, is Fylde’s club captain, but will be missing for the rest of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.  Defender Luke Burke is on loan with the Coasters from Latics and will also miss the cup tie due to a clause in his loan agreement.

Former Latics Development Squad forward and ex-Republic of Ireland youth international Matty Hamilton was on loan at Fylde in February 2015, and his old team mate Ryan Jennings spent a brief spell at Mill Farm in September 2016.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust coach and current Chester FC forward Craig Mahon spent time on loan at Fylde following his formative years at Latics as a trainee and young pro, but perhaps the most high-profile player to play for both sides is Stephen Crainey.

The Scottish defender was a fan-favourite during his time at the DW Stadium in 2013-14, before arriving at Fylde in 2015-16 via Fleetwood Town.

Lewis Montrose celebrating with Amr Zaki

Lewis Montrose celebrating with Amr Zaki against Notts County in 2008.


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