Preview ahead of this weekend’s fixture as Latics host Accrington Stanley in their second group game of the EFL Youth Alliance cup.
- Academy Preview: Latics v Accrington Stanley at Christopher Park.
- Latics host Accrington in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.
- A 3-2 comeback earned a great start against Chesterfield FC in the first group stage match.
Wigan Athletic U18’s host Accrington Stanley at Christopher Park this Saturday in their next fixture of the Youth Alliance Cup.
Latics remain unbeaten in all competitions this season and come off the back of a 2-1 victory against Shrewsbury Town last weekend, courtesy of a brace from forward Kyle Joseph, taking his tally to eight goals this season. The striker then added his ninth across the U18s and Development Squad when he netted in a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup on Tuesday afternoon.
The hosts will be hoping to maintain the form they showed in the first group game, completing a stunning second-half comeback to beat Chesterfield with three goals in the space of 14 minutes.
The two sides have met once already in the EFL Youth Alliance this campaign with Joe Gelhardt scoring a hat-trick as Latics ran out 6-2 winners to grab their sixth consecutive victory in the EFL Youth Alliance.
Latics will be bolstered by the return of three players to the squad, Gelhardt and Divin Baningime who return from illness as well as forward, Charlie Jolley, who has recovered from an ankle injury.
Academy manager, Gregor Rich, hopes the players can make a name for themselves in the cup after finishing runners-up in the last two seasons.
“We’re hoping this young group of players can do something no other group has done before.
“There will be a few rotations from Saturday’s game, but we want to continue the momentum from what was our toughest game so far this season," he said.
“We have a few players on international duty the week after too, two for Scotland and two for England, so its an exciting time for us.”
Following the game, Gelhardt and midfielder Jensen Weir will link up with England U17s for a youth tournament on home soil, whilst full back Luke Robinson and nine-goal striker Joseph will join up with Scotland's U18s.