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U18 PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V MORECAMBE FC

29 March 2019

Latics aiming to extend their 11-point lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance table on Saturday morning when they welcome Morecambe to Christopher Park.

  • Academy Preview: Latics V Morecambe.
  • Latics drew 0-0 in their last meeting with Morecambe in the EFL Youth Alliance in February.
  • Latics hoping to continue their strong run after a 5-0 victory against Port Vale last-time out.

WIGAN ATHLETIC V MORECAMBE FC
SATURDAY 30 MARCH, KICK OFF 11.00AM
CHRISTOPHER PARK
EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE

Latics Under 18s will hope to maintain their impressive form in the EFL Youth Alliance this weekend when they face Morecambe at Christopher Park, with Peter Murphy’s side 11 points adrift of second-placed, Rochdale, at the top of the table.

A 5-0 thrashing against Port Vale last weekend saw Latics end a three-game winless run, all of which were draws, including a 0-0 draw over tomorrow’s opponents, Morecambe, back in February.

Though, a hat-trick from Scotland youth international, Kyle Joseph and a brace from James Berry ensured Latics picked up all three points ahead of a busy end to the 2018-19 season.


Latics will be hoping to continue their impressive form at Christopher Park with two wins from their last three games. Convincing victories against Accrington Stanley (4-2) and Port Vale (5-0) and a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers have seen the hosts score ten goals in their last three outings, with only three goals conceded.

The two teams last met in February, with Latics being held to a 0-0 draw in difficult conditions. Despite Latics being the better side on the day, they still managed to extend their lead at the top of the table to ten points.

Visitors, Morecambe, currently sit 10th in the EFL Youth Alliance table, just three points adrift off eight-placed Shrewsbury Town.

The Shrimps have struggled for recent form in  the Youth Alliance with three consecutive defeats, though, with a narrow 2-1 defeat to counterparts, Wrexham last-time out, the visitors will be provided with some encouragement at Christopher Park on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS

Murphy will be handed with a boost on Saturday as Bobby Jones and Mackenzie O’Neill (Northern Ireland) and Jensen Weir and Joe Gelhardt (England) will all be available for selection.

Jones kept a clean sheet on his first start for his native country against Turkey, whilst Weir and Gelhardt have also both featured for the Three Lions in their Euro qualifiers, with the latter scoring a vital goal in a 3-2 win over Denmark.

O’Neill featured in all three of Northern Ireland’s group stage matches, which including two defeats and one draw.

Here's how the EFL Youth Alliance table looks ahead of the game...

EFL Youth Alliance Table pre-Morecambe

FIXTURES

Carlisle United v Bury FC
Fleetwood Town v Tranmere Rovers
Preston North End v Port Vale
Rochdale v Blackpool FC
Shrewsbury Town v Accrington Stanley
Walsall v Wrexham 


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