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Kids tame Shrews

2 September 2012

Youngsters win on the road

There was a happy return to Shrewsbury for some of Latics' youngsters.

Four days after some of them featured for the reserves in the 4-0 defeat at Greenhouse Meadow, this time they left with smiles.

The under-18's recorded a 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Sports Village in their second game of the season in the Football League Youth Alliance's North West Conference.

Yet Head of Youth Tony Philliskirk was not happy declaring: "We didn't play well. In fact we played better football against Walsall the previous week when we lost 4-1.

"It was an even game, though I thought we shaded it."

Latics took the lead shortly before half time with what Philliskirk described as their only decent move of the opening period as Jack Poxon, Danny Gosset and John Pritchard combined superbly to set up Luke Wandless who fired home from just inside the penalty area.

Carlton McIntosh had earlier missed a sitter while lacklustre Latics were let down by the final pass.

Latics started the second half more brightly, but it was the Shrews who equalised.

Philliskirk responded by bringing on Jordan Bove, Haydn Foulds and Kyle Hardman and the threesome made a positive impact on the game.

And it was not long before Hardman who played the through ball to Foulds who held off a challenge before slotting home the winning goal.

As the game stretched with the hosts looking for a leveller, Latics had chances to win by a wider margin.

The lively Foulds had a couple of efforts well saved as Latics finished the stronger side.

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