HUDDERSFIELD U21s 3
WIGAN ATHLETIC U21s 2
After falling 2-0 behind in the first half, Latics battled back to 2-2 when a trialist defender turned the ball in at the front post from a free kick and Rakish Bingham fired into the roof of the net to equalise but, with six minutes remaining a cruel blow was struck as Godwin Abadaki clinched the hosts a winning goal.
Graham Barrow gave a first start in the Under 21s to Under 18 player Ryan Meadows, while in form Danny Redmond and Bingham also started.
The signs of spring were evident in Yorkshire today as the sun shone all afternoon but the contrast of a swirling wind made the game difficult from the off at Huddersfield's Canalside Sports Complex.
It took just three minutes for the game to kick into life when Huddersfield loanee first teamer Theo Robinson was given space to shoot, crashing an effort onto the cross bar and down onto the line, with captain Jordan Sinnott running in to nod the ball home.
Sinnott then turned provider on 29 minutes to double the Terrier's lead when he fed Robinson in down the left side of the penalty area, with the 24-year-old cutting the ball back and slotting it between Latics' keeper Marko Marosi and defender Michael Wilson on the line.
It certainly was a game of two halves and after the turn around, Latics began to force mistakes from the Huddersfield defence, with Filip Orsula and Bingham primed to pounce.
On 59 minutes it was a mistake by Israel Johnson on Huddersfield's right side that gave Latics the chance to pull a goal back, when clever work from Ste Boothman brought about a foul from the Terrier's full back, just yards outside the penalty area.
Josh Sumner stepped up to deliver and as the ball came in low at the front post Latics' trialist defender turned the ball in.
The visitors were in the ascendancy as substitute Joey Johnson and Orsula both tested Huddersfield goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson with 15 minute remaining.
Another Huddersfield mistakes but also a very clever piece of attacking play brought about the equaliser when Joey Johnson went down the left side towards the by-line.
Sinnott attempted to shield the ball out of play and almost pushed Johnson to the ground but, the forward kept his balance to turn in towards goal to tee up Orsula whose miscued shot found Bingham lurking in the six yard box as he smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
With a third goal looking to be on the horizon, Latics continued to attack and Orsula was involved once again as he raced towards goal down the left, cutting the ball back for Bingham who narrowly missed it at close range.
Moments later though it was Huddersfield who seized the initiative when substitute George Conway crossed from the right for an unmarked Abadaki to head home inside the area.
The 3-2 scoreline at full time means that within the space of seven days, the two teams have provided nine goals between them, after a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium last Monday.
Huddersfield: Allinson, I.Johnson (Goddard 67), McIntyre, Atkinson, T.Clarke, Smith, Sinnott (Conway 80), Hopson, Abadaki, Robinson (D.Holmes 61), Crooks
Unused subs: Wilcinski, B.Holmes
Latics: Marosi, Campabadal (Andres 89), Boothman (J.Johnson 69), Meadows, Morris, Trialist, Sumner, R.Watson (Wilson 25), Orsula, Redmond, Bingham
Unused subs: Hare, Angoy