Reaction from the Globe Arena after Latics were crowned Central League champions with victory over Morecambe.
- Wigan Athletic won the Central League title at Morecambe today.
- Joe Gelhardt and Charlie Jolley were on the scoresheet for Latics.
- Click here to read the match report from the Globe Arena.
Development Squad coach Nick Chadwick was full of praise for his players after they were crowned Central League champions this afternoon.
Strikes from Joe Gelhardt and Charlie Jolley were enough to beat Morecambe at the Globe Arena despite the Shrimps pulling a goal back late on through Ben Hedley.
After last week’s convincing 9-0 home victory over Rotherham United, Latics knew they only needed to match the Millers’ result today to win the league.
Speaking after the game, Chadwick said: “I’m really pleased for the lads because it could have been a tough season for them in terms of the numbers we had at the start of the campaign, but for them to play as well as they have and pick up the results that they have is fantastic.
“They’ve seen a side of the game they perhaps haven’t been exposed to before so for them to come through that and win so many games is really pleasing and they deserve the jubilation in the dressing room.”
Chadwick couldn’t hide his delight at the full time whistle and was quick to laud his players for an outstanding campaign.
“We were unsure as of what to expect at the start of the season but I must say that the lads who have come into the group have done tremendously well.
“I’ve worked with the U18s for the past three years now and they’ve stepped up and handled this level of football ever so well, which can only benefit them as young players and the football club as it moves forward season on season.
“The results speak for themselves and the lads have won far more games than they’ve lost, so as a group of young players I couldn’t be happier for them.
He reserved special praise for Latics’ goalscorers and complimented the pair for an outstanding season in blue and white.
“Charlie (Jolley) and Joe (Gelhardt) have been a threat at U18s and at this level all season, and it’s been our job to manage them and decide what games we wanted them to play in.
“Charlie hasn’t stopped scoring all season and Joe goes away with England’s U17s next week so I’m really pleased for both of them and they managed to show their quality when it mattered today.
“All of the lads are all still on the journey though and are desperate to get contracts and play senior football. There’ll be one or two getting loan moves and hopefully there’ll be first team debuts not too far away either, but they’ve all just got to keep working hard and knocking on that door.”