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U18 PREVIEW: MORECAMBE V WIGAN ATHLETIC

26 February 2019

Unbeaten league leaders Latics travel to Morecambe in the Youth Alliance on Tuesday afternoon aiming to extend the gap above Rochdale.

  • Academy Preview: Morecambe v Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics drew 1-1 against Tranmere Rovers in their last EFL Youth Alliance fixture on Saturday.
  • The two teams last met in November, with Latics running out 5-0 winners.

MORECAMBE V WIGAN ATHLETIC
EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE
PARKSIDE ROAD, KENDAL TOWN
KICK-OFF 12.00PM

Latics’ Under 18s travel to Morecambe on Tuesday afternoon in the EFL Youth Alliance, with Peter Murphy’s side stretching their lead to nine points at the top of the table following a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

England youth international, Joe Gelhardt’s 88th minute equaliser shared the spoils, despite the visitors taking a shock lead inside six minutes at Christopher Park.

Gelhardt’s second goal of the week, with one coming for the Development Squad in a 3-3 draw against Grimsby Town, saw Latics maintain their unbeaten run in the EFL Youth Alliance, ahead of their game in hand against Rochdale on Tuesday.

Latics will be hoping to continue their impressive form from their last away game in the EFL Youth Alliance, with a 5-0 win over Shrewsbury Town.

Goals from Scotland youth international, Kyle Joseph (3), Adam Long and Northern Ireland youth international, MacKenzie O’Neill secured an impressive three points on the road.

The two teams last met in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup in November 2018, with Latics putting five past the visitors to ensure they made it four wins from four in the competition's group stage.

Another hat-trick for Joseph, as well as goals from Mitchell Culshaw and James Berry completed a comprehensive victory over the Shrimps.

Morecambe currently sit eighth in the EFL Youth Alliance table, grabbing seven points from their last five games in the League.

A 3-0 loss to Bury, before a draw against Blackpool (1-1) and a 4-1 win over Port Vale provided them with a strong start to 2019, before a 6-1 defeat to Carlisle United and a 4-3 win over Rochdale put the Shrimps six points adrift of seventh placed Tranmere as we enter the final third of the 2018-19 campaign.

Here's how things look in the EFL Youth Alliance ahead of kick off...

EFL Youth Alliance League Table as of 25 February 2019

TEAM NEWS

Peter Murphy will be boosted by the return of right-back, Ollie Broe who made a return to Latics’ starting eleven on Saturday following a long-term injury.

Goalkeeper, Sam Tickle will also be pushing for some involvement on Tuesday, following an impressive performance against Tranmere on Saturday.


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