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29 July 2017

Callum Lang’s early goal was cancelled out late on from the penalty spot.

  • Callum Lang netted his second goal of pre-season.
  • Nick Powell and Will Grigg returned to first team action.
  • Ben Davies levelled things up for the Mariners.

Wigan Athletic ensured an unbeaten pre-season as they drew 1-1 against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park this afternoon.

Callum Lang opened the scoring after six minutes before defender Ben Davies equalised in the final moments from the penalty spot after Tom Bolarinwa was brought down.

Captained by David Perkins for the second week running, Latics started the game brightly and were ahead early on as Massey squared the ball to Lang in the area who slotted home into an empty net.

In response, the home side forced a chance of their own soon after as experienced defender Danny Collins stabbed a shot at Christian Walton inside the box.

Latics continued to create chance, and the lively Alex Gilbey nearly made it two but saw his shot from 12 yards hacked off the line by a defender.

Gilbey was impressing, and midway through the half glanced a header narrowly wide of James McKeown’s far post as he rose highest to meet Michael Jacobs’ free kick.

The Mariners’ best effort came on the stroke of half time when substitute Luke Summerfield’s drive from distance went just wide of Walton’s goal.

Nick Powell and Will Grigg were introduced for Massey and Lang at the break as the pair made their first appearances of pre-season.

Summerfield was the home side’s biggest threat, and he forced Walton into a fine low save from the edge of the box which the keeper tipped away.

McKeown was then called into action at the other end, first denying Jacobs from a tight angle and then saving Grigg’s effort on the follow up.

Russel Slade’s side earned a share of the spoils in the 90th minute as Davies sent Walton the wrong way to score from the penalty spot after Bolarinwa was fouled in the box.

Latics will take confidence however from an unbeaten pre-season as they now prepare for next weekend’s opening Sky Bet League One clash away at MK Dons.

Latics: Walton; N. Byrne, Dunkley (Morgan, 29), Burn, Perkins © (Burgess, 90); Morsy (Merrie, 90), Flores; Jacobs, Gilbey (Colclough, 57), Massey (Powell, 45); Lang (Grigg, 45).

Grimsby: McKeown, Mills (Dixon, 70), Clarke, Collins (Osborne, 70), Davies, Berrett (Summerfield, 24), Rose, Kelly (Bolarinwa, 70), Jones (Wright, 81), Dembele, Vernon.

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