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1 March 2019

Latics face their second away trip this week with a visit to Fleetwood Town in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday morning.

  • Academy Preview: Fleetwood Town V Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics drew 0-0 away at Morecambe in their last EFL Youth Alliance fixture on Tuesday.
  • The two teams last met in November, with Latics running out 3-0 winners at Christopher Park.


Latics’ Under 18s face Fleetwood Town in the EFL Youth Alliance, with Peter Murphy’s side stretching their lead to ten points at the top of the table following a goalless draw with Morecambe on Tuesday.

The hard-fought draw was Latics’ second consecutive draw in two games, having previously shared the spoils with Tranmere Rovers (1-1) at Christopher Park, with Joe Gelhardt scoring a telling equaliser to maintain Latics’ unbeaten run in the Youth Alliance.

Latics will be hoping to continue their impressive away from their last three games in the EFL Youth Alliance, with a 3-0 win over Carlisle United, a 5-0 thumping of Shrewsbury Town and a 0-0 draw with Morecambe means Latics last conceded an away goal in October in the 4-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers.

The two teams last met in November 2018, with Latics putting three past the visitors to ensure their place at the top of the table and go 15 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Goals from James Berry (2) and Divin Baningime rounded off an impressive display at Christopher Park, with the latter ensuring Latics took all three points with his solo effort in the 89th minute.

Fleetwood Town currently sit sixth in the EFL Youth Alliance table, four points adrift of fifth placed, Preston North End.

Town will be hoping to put the pressure on North End with an impressive reading so far this season, winning seven games and scoring 24 goals in the process and conceding 17.

Under 18s coach, Peter Murphy, said Latics will have to perform at their best on Saturday morning:

“It will be a tough game, Fleetwood played well last time they came to Christopher Park and the score line probably didn’t reflect the game on a whole”, he said.

“We’re going with a fully fit squad, barring Scott Smith, so it’s good to have nearly everyone available and a good competition for places ahead of the game.”

Without a win in three games in all competitions, Murphy said it is important Latics re-discover their winning touch as they hope to keep their impressive away form in-tact:

“We haven’t conceded an away goal in the Youth Alliance since October, which is a great record and testament to the collective eleven on a whole, so we want to keep it going.

“It’s important we go out there and get back on the winning trail and hopefully we can do that.”

Here’s how things look in the EFL Youth Alliance ahead of kick-off…

EFL Youth Alliance Table 26 February 2019

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