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U18 PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BURY FC

9 April 2019

Latics could secure EFL Youth Alliance title on Tuesday as they entertain Bury FC at Christopher Park.

  • Academy Preview: Latics v Bury FC.
  • Latics were 2-0 winners over the Shakers in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup area final in March.
  • Latics looking to continue their impressive form after 6-2 win over Blackpool last weekend. Victory will seal the League title.

WIGAN ATHLETIC V BURY FC
TUESDAY 9 APRIL, KICK-OFF 11.00AM
CHRISTOPHER PARK
EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE

Latics Under 18s are looking to seal the EFL Youth Alliance title on Tuesday when they face Bury FC at Christopher Park, with Peter Murphy’s side remaining unbeaten in the league this season.

A victory against the Shakers would seal the title for the young Latics, with second-placed Rochdale currently 11 points adrift with four games remaining.

Another impressive victory last weekend, this time over Blackpool, saw Latics record their third consecutive victory on the bounce, scoring 16 goals and conceding two in the process.

MacKenzie O’Neill marked his return to the side following youth international duty with a goal, before Emeka Obi, Charlie Jolley (2), Ryan Galvin and Jensen Weir rounded off a near-faultless afternoon for Latics.


Murphy’s side will be looking to continue their impressive run at Christopher Park, with 12 goals in their last three outings, including two wins over Blackpool (6-2) and Morecambe (5-0).

The two teams last met in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup area final in March, with Latics recording a hard-fought 2-0 victory over the Shakers.

Will McGuffie’s opener gave Latics the perfect start at Carrington Training ground, before England youth international, Joe Gelhardt’s second-half goal booked Latics’ place in the National final against Exeter.

Latics last met Bury FC in the Youth Alliance back in September, with the visitors keeping up their 100% record after goals from Adam Long, Jolley (2), Gelhardt and Kyle Joseph ensured Latics grabbed all three points.

Though, the Shakers will be hoping for a reaction from their players at Christopher Park, as they aim to climb back into fourth-place ahead of Fleetwood Town.

Three wins from their last five games provides good reading for the visitors, including impressive results against Blackpool (4-2), Walsall (3-1) and Carlisle United (1-0), though, a narrow 2-1 defeat to Shrewsbury Town last-time out saw the Shakers drop down to fifth place in the Youth Alliance table.

Here’s how the EFL Youth Alliance table looks ahead of kick-off…

EFL Youth Alliance table pre Bury FC

FIXTURES

Morecambe v Wrexham
Carlisle United v Port Vale


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