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The under-21s are in league action this afternoon for the first time in just over seven weeks when we play Wigan Athletic at Leyland.

Since drawing at current leaders Birmingham in November, we’ve played three times in three different competitions, beating Liverpool in the Lancashire Senior Cup and Preston in the Central League Cup either side of a defeat against Leicester in the Premier League Cup.

But it’s back to league action today and against a team for whom the ground at Leyland is much closer to home than it is for us. We go into the game in sixth place in the Professional Development League and that’s one place and one point above Wigan who have also played one game more than us. Neither of us can move up the table no matter what the result; Barnsley and Fleetwood are the two teams directly above us with them having a seven point advantage on us.

We’ve played so few games this season in the league. You have to go all the way back to mid-October for our last defeat which came at Peterborough but a Saturday morning home win against Sheffield United and the game at Birmingham have been the only two games since. Wigan have been somewhat busier in terms of league fixtures and played three in November and one just a week before Christmas when they moved up two places in the league with a big 5-1 home win against Peterborough.

We won 1-0 at Wigan earlier in the season when Joe Westley, who is currently out injured, scored the only goal but at home we’ve played them just once previously in this league and that came in February last year when they beat us 3-0 at Leyland although new Wigan boss Shaun Maloney opted to play a very experienced team including a good number of first team players.

Our team that day was: Charlie Casper, Keelan Williams, Jack Turner, Dan Sassi, Brad Grant, Renaldo Torraj, Joe Bauress, Jez Davies, Marcel Lewis, Ne-Jai Tucker, Joe Westley. Subs: Harry Moss, Dane McCullough, Kade Ratchford, Deji Sotona, Seb Thompson.

Kick off today is at 1 p.m. Admission is free to season ticket holders. Otherwise it is £5 adults and £3 concessions although it is free for under-16s and over-65s.

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