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LFA CUP PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BOLTON

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11:50 16th April 2014

by Nick Taylor

Latics host Bolton in Development Squad derby in the LFA Cup semi-final.

It's Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup semi-final at Robin Park Arena, the first of two semi-finals in the space of a week for Latics.

Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers
Lancashire FA Senior Cup semi-final
Thursday 17 April 2014, 2.00pm kick off
Robin Park Arena

Preview

It's a local derby for the Development Squad as they continue their silverware trail in the LFA Cup semi-final against Bolton Wanderers, with the winner facing Bury in the final following their 2-1 victory against Burnley in the other semi-final.

Latics head into the game hoping to bounce back from a cruel injury time defeat against Morecambe in the Final Third Development League on Monday night at the Globe Arena, but Peter Atherton's side will remain encouraged with the way they expressed themselves going forwards, hitting the woodwork on a number of occasions.

A week earlier Latics wrapped up the league title with a 1-0 victory against Tranmere Rovers and arguably head into the game against Bolton in better form than their opponents.

The young Trotters suffered a heavy defeat in their previous game, losing 5-1 away at Norwich City last Friday, but they do boast recent back-to-back victories against West Ham United and Arsenal at home.

How they got here

Latics' road to the semi-final was far from simple and began with another local rivalry against Preston North End, edging out a nine-goal thriller with a 5-4 victory.

Patrick Antelmi's double inside the opening 10 minutes seemingly had Latics in the driving seat at Christopher Park back in November, but North End fought back to go 4-3 ahead with 15 minutes remaining.

A late salvo and impact from substitute Ryan Jennings turned the game on its head once more, his assist setting up Guillermo Andres for 4-4, before finding the winning goal himself inside the final 10 minutes.

It's been just one round for Latics in this year's competition, with Bolton facing two ties before this stage and both of them with plenty to talk about.

The first round saw them thump Blackpool 7-2 to breeze through to the quarter-final, before a hard-fought 1-1 draw away at Manchester United in March was settled in a penalty shoot out with Bolton running out 5-4 winners.

Follow the game

Text updates will be available from the game with our interactive service Latics Wall.

You can follow the action on Latics Wall by [clicking here] and we will also provide major incidents, goals and 15-minute updates with @LaticsOfficial on Twitter.

Admission for the game at the Robin Park Arena is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Team News

To be announced approximately one hour before kick off.

Last XI v Morecambe: Marosi, Leigh, Lambert, Wilson, Balogun, Meadows, Jennings, Ainscough, Andrews, Chow, Johnson

Bolton last XI v Norwich: Lee-Barratt, Maher, Kellett, Threlkeld, Holding, Woodland, Lester, White, Iliev, Clough, Youngs

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