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23 August 2018

Joe Piggott makes it nine goals in four matches with his second consecutive hat-trick in a goal-fest at Blackburn Rovers.

  • Development Squad Report: Blackburn Rovers 4 Wigan Athletic 5.
  • Latics battle back twice before taking control to claim third consecutive victory.
  • Divin Baningime also hit the target as Latics made it seven unbeaten.



Latics fought to come from behind twice in their latest Development Squad friendly against Blackburn Rovers this week, with summer recruit Joe Piggott grabbing his second hat-trick in as many matches to make it nine goals from his last four matches.

Victory means it's seven unbeaten in pre-season for our Under 23s with five victories and two draws and the high score line adds to Latics' impressive goal tally which now stands at 25.

Rovers took the lead from a free kick early on, before excellent work from Luke Burgess made space for Charlie Jolley to cross for Piggott, the striker a step behind his marker, but enough to force an own goal for 1-1.

A misplaced pass at the back allowed Rovers to regain their lead, only for the hosts to concede a penalty shortly after to allow Piggott to step up and convert his first goal of the game for 2-2.

Latics finally pushed themselves in front when midfielder Scott Smith found Divin Baningime who ran almost the full length of the pitch on the counter attack before finding Piggott into the area for a cool right footed finish.

Baningime himself made it 4-2 and gave Latics control in the score line. Tylor Golden won possession in midfield and countered, finding Baningime from the right who controlled well, beat a man and guided the ball beautifully into the left corner.

Blackburn grabbed a third an put pressure back on Latics for 4-3, but the two-goal lead was soon restored when Piggott completed his hat-trick... a second penalty of the game for a foul on Baningime.

The hosts rescued a late goal for 5-4, but it wasn't enough to put Latics out of their stride.

Latics: Lavercombe, Golden, Galvin, Trialist, Trialist, Smith (Trialist 62), Burgess (Culshaw 62), Merrie (Long 77), Piggott, Jolley (Gelhardt 70), Baningime (Trialist 77)

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