BARNOLDSWICK TOWN 2
WIGAN ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT SQUAD 5
Redmond 22, 42 pen
Jennings 48, 70
A wet and at times windy evening high near border of Lancashire and Yorkshire ended in success for Latics as they came away from the Silentnight Stadium with five goals in a dominant victory on Marko Marosi’s return to his former club.
Captain Danny Redmond opened the scoring after a dazzling dribble and clever finish, before Rakish Bingham doubled at close range, with Redmond adding his second from the penalty spot just before half time.
After the break substitute Ryan Jennings netted with three minutes played slotted a smart effort into the bottom corner before tapping in on 70 minutes for his second of the game and Latics’ fifth.
Latics’ starting XI included two players with first team experience in Danny Redmond and Jordan Mustoe, with Bingham starting upfront in a team filled with impressive performances from first year professionals.
It was a dominant start to the game as the rain hammered the turf, making it easy on the eye as Latics passed the ball.
Genuine chances were proving hard to come by and Guillermo Andres came closest first forcing the hosts’ goalkeeper into a smart save at his near post.
Barnoldswick goal scorer Aaron Hollindrake almost opened the scoring after 16 minutes but fluffed his lines in a one-on-one with Marosi.
Latics took the lead not long after when Redmond gathered a loose ball around 40 yards from goal and continued to dribble and dodge through four defenders before smartly finishing into the bottom left corner as the keeper dove the other way.
Two minutes had gone by and Latics had a second when Bingham picked up the scraps from a blocked Ryan Meadows shot inside the area, the young forward simply picked his spot as he proved to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Barnoldswick grabbed one back soon after when a ball through the middle of Latics’ defence found Hollindrake who placed the greasy ball under Marosi’s body.
A flurry of stinging efforts from the likes of Joey Johnson, Omar Thompson and Mustoe tested the hosts’ resolve but on 41 minutes it proved too much when Luke Ainscough was hacked down in the area.
The build-up play was of the highest quality as Redmond slipped the ball out wide to Andres who back heeled it into Ainscough’s path from the touchline with the midfielder being brought down after his initial touch.
After half time things got even better for Latics when substitute at the break Ryan Jennings cut in from the left wing and cleverly whipped an effort from the edge of the area into the bottom left corner.
Again Barnoldswick got themselves a goal when a fast paced one touch passing move caught Latics out in defence with Hollindrake feeding Daniel Boyle who thumped in from close range.
Latics’ three goal lead was soon restored when Bingham latched onto Ainscough’s pass to the right wing, with the forward playing it into the danger zone for Jennings to get his second as Barnoldswick’s goalkeeper and defender collided together.
There were plenty more chances in the final 20 minutes, with Redmond and Jennings coming close to completing hat-tricks and Johnson denied three times himself.
Latics: Marosi, Ainscough, Trialist, Mustoe, Wilson, Meadows, Johnson, Redmond, Bingham, Andres (Trialist 61), Thompson (Jennings 45)