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U18 PREVIEW: BURY FC V WIGAN ATHLETIC | EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE AREA FINAL

8 March 2019

Unbeaten Latics travel to Bury on Saturday morning in the area final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

  • Academy Preview: Latics' Under 18s face Bury in the area final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.
  • Latics edged out Scunthorpe United in the semi-final in January.
  • Latics aiming to end a run of three consecutive draws after a 0-0 draw against Fleetwood Town last-time out.

BURY V WIGAN ATHLETIC
EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP AREA FINAL
CARRINGTON TRAINING COMPLEX
KICK-OFF 11.00AM

Latics' Under 18s face Bury in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup final, with Peter Murphy’s side remaining unbeaten in the competition as they aim to pick up their first piece of silverware.

Despite picking up only three points from their last nine, with a frustrating 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town last-time out, Latics will hope to continue their healthy run in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup, with five wins from five games.

Impressive victories over Chesterfield (3-2), Accrington Stanley (5-0) and Bradford City (3-2) in October saw Latics start the competition on the front foot, before a win over Morecambe (5-0) and a hard-fought victory over Lincoln City saw Latics progress to the area semi-final against Scunthorpe United.

Despite going behind in the first-half, Latics came from behind to claim the bragging rights courtesy of James Berry’s brace, with his second goal coming in the 88th minute from the penalty spot.

Latics will be hoping to maintain their impressive away form from their last five games in all competitions, with only one defeat which came against Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup.

Otherwise, three wins and a draw gives Latics good reading going into the fixture, which includes 16 goals scored and a memorable 6-2 win over Hull City at KCOM Stadium.

The two teams last met in September 2018, with Latics putting five past the hosts to keep up their 100% record.

Goals from Adam Long, Charlie Jolley (2), Joe Gelhardt and Kyle Joseph saw Latics flourish in a rampant display at Carrington Training Complex, to end Bury’s four game unbeaten run in the Youth Alliance.

Bury currently sit fourth in the EFL Youth Alliance table, just four points adrift of second-placed Rochdale.

The Shakers have won all of their five games in the competition, with a 2-1 win over Grimsby Town last-time out ensuring they booked their place in the area final.

Impressive wins over Wrexham (4-0), Blackpool (2-1) and Preston North End give the hosts momentum.


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