We look at the stats behind Under-18s' impressive start to the 2018-19 EFL Youth Alliance season.
- Latics' EFL Youth Alliance season so far in numbers.
- Latics are the highest scorers in the Youth Alliance and have won all nine matches.
- Seven league wins and two cup wins have Latics flying.
A brace from Kyle Joseph and his team-mate, Charlie Jolley, helped Latics put FIVE past the visitors at Christopher Park to make it TWO wins from TWO in the group stage of the competition, having already triumphed 3-2 against Chesterfield.
The stellar start to the season kicked-off against local rivals Preston North End, Latics put FOUR past the hosts after coming from behind, scoring two goals in six minutes on the opening day of the season.
They went on to score TEN goals in their next THREE games, with wins over Walsall, Wrexham and Chesterfield.
A narrow win over Walsall came in the last-minute courtesy of England youth international Joe Gelhardt’s penalty. Charlie Jolley grabbed his FIRST hat-trick of the campaign in the victory against Wrexham with Mitchell Culshaw and Kyle Joseph also getting off the mark for the season.
Clinical Latics maintained their 100% start to the season by defeating hosts Bury 5-1 at Carrington Training Complex. Charlie Jolley took his tally to FIVE goals in TWO games following his brace.
THREE consecutive wins since against Carlisle United, Accrington Stanley and Shrewsbury Town have put Latics in cruise control at the summit of the EFL Youth Alliance table.
The FIVE goals against Accrington Stanley at the weekend was the FOURTH time Latics have scored FIVE goals or more this season after only NINE games played.
With TEN different players having a hand in the goals this season, Scotland youth international, Kyle Joseph, tops the charts with TEN goals.
Joseph has also scored TWO goals when stepping up to the Development Squad.
The Under 18s are the North-West Division’s top goal scorers with a total of 27, NINE more than any other side have managed in the division. Latics are also the division’s SECOND best for the fewest goals conceded of SEVEN.
After just SEVEN games played, Latics see themselves EIGHT points ahead of second placed Preston North End.
Latics are flourishing in attack, but the defence has been pivotal as well this season, conceding TWICE in a game on just TWO occasions this season, coming from behind to win in both games.
Capping off the impressive numbers, the Under 18s also have FOUR players involved in the international frame in October.
Defender, Luke Robinson and forward Kyle Joseph will represent Scotland Under 18s against Uzbekistan and France this week, whist pair Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir will represent England's Under 17s.