Latics maintain lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance with thumping 6-1 victory over Accrington Stanley.
- Under 18 match report: Accrington Stanley 1 Wigan Athletic 6.
- Charlie Jolley makes it 15 goals in the EFL Youth Alliance with brace against Accrington.
- Latics maintain their lead over Rochdale at the top of the division.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 6
Jolley 18, 25
Latics maintained their lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance with a dominant 6-1 victory over Accrington Stanley on Saturday morning, blowing away their opponents with four goals inside the opening 25 minutes.
Charlie Jolley reached 15 league goals for the season with an early double, as England youth international Joe Gelhardt added to his recent tally, alongside midfielder Jamie Cotter and overall leading goal scorer Mwiya Malumo.
Latics were ahead inside 10 minutes when Mitchell Culshaw broke away on the right side to feed Jolley into the area, the striker held off two defenders to tee up Gelhardt on the edge of the area who struck left footed to give his side the lead.
Gelhardt and Jolley switched roles for Latics' second eight minutes later, with good pressure from Joe Downey allowing Gelhardt to tee up Jolley on the edge of the box for the finish.
A third soon followed after excellent pressure from Gelhardt, Tylor Golden and Cotter, with the latter picking up the ball on the edge of the area, before dropping his shoulder to release a left footed strike for 3-0.
Jolley grabbed his second of the game inside the 25th minute thanks to another well worked team move. Golden's pass down the right side found Divin Baningime, who in turn picked out Downey to allow the skipper to play a diagonal pass over the top for Jolley to head home.
Latics only had to wait until five minutes after the break to add their fifth, this time Cotter the initial architect with a driving run, before a neat interchange between Culshaw and Downey was turned into the Accrington goal by one of their own defenders. Cotter looked poise to receive the final pass, but alas, he was denied the opportunity to turn in his second of the game, with an embarrassed Stanley left to claim the goal.
Substitute Malumo made it 6-0 shortly after the hour mark, swivelling in the area to find the bottom left corner after intelligent link up play with Gelhardt.
Accrington managed a consolation on the morning, but it was nothing to trouble Nick Chadwick's side who ran out comfortable winners.
Latics: Perrin, Golden, Maffeo, Plant, Hilton (McGuffie 49), Cotter, Culshaw, Downey (Roberts 56) (Capt), Jolley (Malumo 49), Gelhardt (Joseph 65), Baningime (Weir 49)