Latics look to make it fives game unbeaten in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup when they travel to Lincoln City in the Quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.
- Academy Preview: Latics Under 18s travel to Lincoln City in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup quarter-final
- Latics hoping to build on 2-1 victory over Wolves in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
- Latics aiming to make it five wins from five in the competition after an impressive group stage campaign.
LINCOLN CITY V WIGAN ATHLETIC
EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP
RAVENDALE SPORTS GROUND
Latics' Under 18s travel to Lincoln City on Saturday in the quarter-final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup, after finishing top of their group with four consecutive wins in the competition.
A hard-fought 3-2 win over Chesterfield (A), 5-0 wins over Accrington Stanley and Morecambe (H), and an impressive 3-2 victory at Bradford City has set the tone for the players, who will be full of confidence following their 2-1 success at Molineux on Monday night.
Divin Baningime and Charlie Jolley’s goals sent Latics through to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, where they will face a trip to Hull City.
The impressive away win extended their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions, scoring 62 goals.
Lincoln City will be hoping to turn their form around after their dismissal from the FA Youth Cup, losing 5-1 to West Bromwich Albion. Though, The Imps have been in impressive League form, losing only once in four league games and winning two of those, including their most recent 2-1 victory against Chesterfield.
The hosts sit seventh in the Youth Alliance North East Division table, only three points behind fifth-placed Doncaster Rovers.
Latics have won their last two encounters with Lincoln City, which both came in 2015. A 3-2 win in January of that year helped the team progress to the fourth round of the Youth Alliance Cup, courtesy of goals from Adrian Purzycki, Adam Anson and Louis Robles.
The two sides next met in November 2015, with Latics progressing to the third round of the FA Youth Cup courtesy of Callum Lang’s winner. Latics would go onto reach the fifth round of the competition, losing 3-1 to Manchester City after extra-time.
Academy manager, Gregor Rioch, has confirmed Victor Maffeo will be in contention for this weekend’s game following his two-month injury lay-off:
“Victor could feature this weekend’s game which is a real boost for us”, he said.
“His last game was Bury away so he’s been out for a while and hopefully he can push on and he will be looking to cement his place in the starting line-up.”
Rioch also provided an update on the condition of Harry Jolley, who suffered a head injury early on in the second-half in the victory over Wolves:
“Harry (Jolley) will be assessed late for this weekend, he was the recipient of two of the worst tackles I’ve seen this season.
“He came in this morning looking more like Tyson Fury than himself, but he’s a tough kid and he will do his best to come back stronger.”
The manager also reflected on the hosts Lincoln City ahead of this weekend’s fixture:
“Lincoln are a tough side who have shown they can compete and beat anyone on their day”, he explained.
“They will look to recover from their FA Youth Cup defeat to West Bromwich Albion, so it will be a tough test for us, but the lads are full of confidence and energy so it’s a good fixture for us.”