Weir, Gelhardt and Piggott all on target in friendly victory over Burnley.
- Academy Match Report: Latics 3 Burnley 1.
- Jensen Weir, Joe Piggott and Joe Gelhardt in the goals.
- Latics continue unbeaten run in non-competitive and competitive action.
Latics ran out 3-1 winners against local rivals Burnley on Tuesday afternoon, with Under 18 star Jensen Weir, striker Joe Piggott and England youth international Joe Gelhardt on the scoresheet at Christopher Park.
Latics, who impressed last time out by beating Derby County away from home, opened the scoring courtesy of a strike from England youth international Weir, before team-mate Piggott doubled their advantage from the penalty spot, and Gelhardt rounded off the scoring with a swivel and a low drive across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner.
Academy coach, Nick Chadwick, said he was happy with his team’s dominant performance and hopes the players can gain momentum looking ahead to the upcoming fixtures in the Central League:
“I was really happy with the performance, despite Burnley starting on the front-foot we eventually found our rhythm and played our football, which is credit to the lads.
“We created several chances and were dominant in the game against a good opposition, so it’s testament to the players to be able to stick at it and get the win in the end”, he said.
The manager also praised the impact of midfielder Weir and forward Gelhardt, who both impressed in the victory:
“I think Jensen had his best game for the development squad so far this season, as well as for Joe (Gelhardt) who worked hard in the forward role and got his reward with a superbly taken strike.
“It’s good to see the first and second year professionals continuing their form and I want to make sure they continue and get better throughout the season.”
Chadwick also reflected on the next fixtures in the Central League, where Latics will be hoping to keep their winning run going next Tuesday away to Port Vale.
“We have a good run of games coming up so it’s an opportunity for the lads to express themselves in these next four Central League games”, he said.
“Obviously the trip to Port Vale next has been set up nicely from the win today and the win against Derby, so the lads will be fresh and confident they can do the same again. I know they are eager and want to work hard and kick on with the new season.”