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9 July 2019

Latics grab second pre-season victory after coming from behind against Southport of the National League North.

  • U23 Pre-Season Report | Latics 2 Southport FC 1.
  • Latics grab victory from 1-0 down at Christopher Park.
  • An own goal and a dipping effort from Ryan Galvin complete comeback.

Latics made it two pre-season victories from two matches on Tuesday afternoon courtesy of a 2-1 comeback against National League North side Southport FC at the club's Christopher Park Academy.

After Jack Sampson's opener for the visitors, an own goal forced from a Victor Maffeo corner and a dipping cross-shot from full back Ryan Galvin completed Latics' comeback, adding to their 1-0 win against Southport's fellow National League North side, Curzon Ashton on Saturday.

Nick Chadwick's side faced experienced opposition in the form of the Sandgrounders, but in a direct and physical battle, Latics' young charges still managed to carve out the better opening opportunities.

The best chance fell to Kyle Joseph early on when Maffeo slipped the Scotland youth international in on goal, unfortunately, despite timing his run to perfection, the striker's poked effort couldn't beat the Southport goalkeeper.

The visitors had the lead before half time when a loose ball was seized upon by Sampson who dribbled into Latics' area to open the scoring.

Latics pulled level when Maffeo's second half corner was diverted into the Southport net by a yellow-shirted defender, before Divin Baningime won possession back high up the pitch to find Galvin wide left, with the full back's dipping cross-shot beating the visiting goalkeeper to push Latics in front.

A crucial save by Latics' trialist keeper can be credited to earning the victory, a superb late stop to deny Southport from just six yards out.

Latics' first half side included Galvin, Maffeo, Joseph, Adam Long and Scott Smith, alongside six trialists, with Will McGuffie, Chris Merrie and Baningime introduced in the second half, as were a further three trialists.

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