We take a look back at a pick of three fixtures between Latics and Tranmere Rovers' Under 18s ahead of this weekend's clash in the EFL Youth Alliance.
- Latics travel to Tranmere Rovers in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday 20 October.
- Latics aiming to make it 10 wins from 10 games in all competitions this season.
- We look back on some of our recent meetings with Tranmere in the Youth Alliance.
Wigan Athletic Under 18s bid to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they face Tranmere Rovers this Saturday in game week eight of the EFL Youth Alliance.
Latics’ last met Tranmere Rovers in the Youth Alliance Cup in January, running out 3-1 winners.
1. Wigan Athletic U18 1-0 Tranmere Rovers U18 - December 2016
Latics extended their unbeaten run to five games in the North West Youth Alliance with a narrow win against visitors Tranmere Rovers at Christopher Park.
Arnold Baxendale’s first half free-kick was enough to merit Latics with the three points after a frustrating afternoon. The result lifted Latics to third in the table thanks to their third successive win.
2. Tranmere Rovers U18 0-4 Wigan Athletic U18 - March 2017
A four-goal success at Tranmere Rovers secured an impressive victory for Nick Chadwick’s side, with the win taking their unbeaten run to nine games in both the league and cup.
A brace from Zambian youth international Mwiya Malumo, as well as goals from Bradley Roberts and Tom Powell capped off a strong afternoon for the visitors, who also included four Under 16 players Roberts, Will McGuffie, James Berry and Charlie Jolley.
3. Wigan Athletic U18 2-1 Tranmere Rovers U18 - November 2017
Despite falling behind early in the first-half, Latics produced a remarkable second-half performance to beat Tranmere Rovers at Christopher Park.
Defender Emeka Obi rose highest to head home Joe Downey’s corner with 16 minutes to go, only for forward Charlie Jolley to score the winner five minutes later following a link-up with strike partner Mwiya Malumo.
The comeback ensured Nick Chadwick’s Latics won their last eight games in all competitions and condemned the visitors to just their second defeat of the season.
Team news will follow in a match preview later this week.