SHREWSBURY TOWN 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Latics' Development Squad continued their run at the top of the Central League West Division with a performance full of character as they pulled themselves from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Shrewsbury Town's Greenhous Meadow.
A dubious opening goal of the game gave the hosts the lead as the referee judged Dave Winfield to have forced the ball over the line from a corner, despite cries from Latics' player that they'd cleared it in time.
One of the team's top performers Danny Redmond was on hand to loop in an equaliser in the second minute of first half added time, with Joey Johnson scoring the eventual winning goal just seven minutes into the second half.
It proved a tough battle for both sides all afternoon as the rain battered the Shropshire pitch, making for a tricky game all round.
As jostling for possessional dominance continued, Shrewsbury forced themselves into the lead when a deep corner was turned in by Winfield.
It caused for a controversial beginning to the match as Latics had seemingly cleared the ball off the line, however the referee and his assistant on the near touchline said different.
The rest of the first half proved scrappy for both sides as the rain continued to fall.
Just as it eased off the light shone through for Latics as they equalised in the second minute of stoppage time.
Under 18 midfielder Adrian Purzycki was making his debut in the Development Squad and he intercepted in midfield to start off the move.
Purzycki spread the ball right to Adam Buxton on the wing, who crossed deep towards the powerful run of Ryan Meadows.
Meadows couldn't adjust his body as the ball bounced off his back into the path of Redmond, his touch to the right opened up space in the area and as Fraser Fyvie screamed for the pass, Latics' skipper looped his shot around a defender and over the goalkeeper to level the game.
Latics lost Buxton at half time due to a knock he picked up late on in the first half and he was replaced by Luke Ainscough.
Just seven minutes into the second 45 Latics took the lead.
A quick free kick down the left from Fyvie to Redmond allowed the midfielder to cross low and with Shrewsbury half clearing, Johnson was allowed to shoot from the edge of the area, first being blocked, but then following in his own effort to score low to Joe Anyon's right.
Moments later Latics had a glorious opportunity to put daylight between the sides when Guillermo Andres flicked the ball around his marker into the path of Redmond who beat the offside trap, but couldn't get the ball out of his feet in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Shrewsbury certainly didn't give up in their pursuit to equalise, but Josh Langley led Latics' defence solidly and along with Michael Wilson and Mayo Balogun proved impressive.
Balogun was making his Development Squad debut and made a valuable contribution to his side when an Alex McQuade cross looked destined to be turned in at the back post by Kaiman Anderson, only for Latics' full back to jump in front of the ball and put the forward off.
Latics could have added more goals late on, with substitute Matty Hamilton having a clear run on goal, but seeing a last minute block deflect his effort over the bar.
Johnson was then tumbled in the area from an outstretched leg, with the referee waving away Latics' protests.
Time was almost up when Latics got their final chance of the match as Steven Boothman cut in from the left and drove a solid right footed shot at Anyon, with the keeper barely hanging onto the ball.
Latics rode out a final high ball into their area to collect a well earned three points as they made it four wins from five games in the Central League.
Shrewsbury: Anyon, Smith, McQuade, Parrett, Winfield, Mkandawire, Ginelly, McAllister (Fletcher 36), Banjo (Anderson 59), Marsden, Easthope (Molyneux 60)
Unused subs: Burton, Hickman
Latics: Trialist, Buxton (Ainscough 45), Balogun, Wilson, Langley, Meadows, Purzycki (Hamilton 65), Fyvie, Andres (Boothman 78), Redmond, Johnson
Unused sub: Trialist (GK), Harrison