Congratulations To The Development Squad .
The Wigan Athletic Ladies Development Team , their Management and Supporters did their club proud on Sunday , when they managed to retain the Lancashire F.A. County League Cup at the County Ground . Indeed , it proved to be a double celebration for the Borough of Wigan , when earlier in the day , Hindley Juniors ran out 5-4 winners over Barrow Celtic Junior Comets in the Lancashire F.A. County League Plate Final . In front of a superb crowd of around 300 spectators , the Wigan Development Team had to work extremely hard against a very strong looking and more experienced Burnley Belvedere Ladies side , but the Wigan youngsters stuck to their task and were very unlucky not to have won the game in normal time . It was fitting when on 72 minutes , Charlotte Evans scored her fifth goal in the competition , having scored in every round of the knock out stages . The one goal lead looked to have secured the cup , but one minute into injury time Burnley equalised with a well taken goal from their Captain Kirsty Ditchfield . The cup rules sent the game straight through to penalties and Wigan kept their nerve to score all three , with the new ABBA sequence rules applying . In contrast , the three penalties taken by Burnley all went wide of the target , meaning that Wigan would win by a 3-0 score line , without having to take all five spot kicks .
With the Development Team now having won the County League Cup Trophy twice and the Senior team having won the NWWRFL Argyle Regional Plate twice (2006-07 & 2014-15) it meant that the club has never lost a Senior Cup Final in which it has competed , a truly remarkable record to hold !
The victorious cup winning team from Sunday reads as follows :
1 Nicole Cassier 2 Vicky Johnson 3 Celine Collins 4 Faye Bryne 5 Katie Burke 6 Alex Cullen (C) 7 Chelsea Bloor 8 Flossie Jones 9 Alice Lane 10 Georgia Atherton 11 Ellie Brown
Substitutes : Roll on Roll off Rules : 12 Lilly Butcher rep G. Atherton 63 min , 14 Karen Graham rep F. Bryne 40 min , 15 Ellie Cleary rep A. Lane 40 min , 16 Charlotte Evans rep E. Brown 24 min , 17 Olivia Williams rep C. Collins 80 min.
Winning Penalty Sequence : Alex Cullen , Faye Bryne and Charlotte Evans all scored . Touchline Star Player : Nicole Cassier
Manager : Danny Mather Assistants : Jeff Johnson , Jon Burke and Donna Harris
Success in the County F.A. League Cup has put the Development Team into playing catch up with their league fixtures . The club somehow have ten fixtures yet to fulfil , beginning this Sunday with the visit of North Lancs District Development Centre to Billinge F.C. , Kick Off 2pm . ” Come down and Support the Cup Winners ”
The Senior Team :
This Sunday Wigan Athletic Ladies will travel over to the Fylde Coast to take on Fleetwood Town Wrens ( formerly Blackpool Wren Rovers ) in a ” double header ” league fixture . Since the clubs formation in 1999 , the Wigan team have only previously contested one double header match . This took part in season 2015-16 , when we entertained City of Manchester at home on March 13th , recording a 2-0 win , followed by a 1-1 draw . We were also scheduled to play a double header at home to Accrington Girls on April 3rd 2016 , but the match never went ahead .
Presently standing in fifth place with 32 Points , Fleetwood Town Wrens will be a difficult challenge , especially over the course of two matches . The Wrens have Won 9 , Drawn 5 , Lost 4 , Scored 50 and Conceded 27 goals . The four defeats came against MSB Woolton at home on Sept. 24th (1-4) , Tranmere Rovers away on Nov. 5th (1-2) , Burnley F.C. Girls away on Feb. 11th (0-4) and Accrington Sports away on Wednesday evening (0-2) . Fleetwood were extremely unlucky to be relegated from the F.A. Women’s Premier League Northern Division One last season , having secured 18 points , and only losing out by a three goal difference with third bottom Crewe Alexandra , also on 18 points . The Wrens have spent 17 seasons within the NWWRFL and a very creditable 11 seasons in the Northern Combination / FAWPL . Tranmere Rovers were also relegated back to the NWWRFL Premier Division last season , having attained just 7 points .
Due to the Fleetwood Town Wrens usually being in a higher league then ourselves , we have only met them four times in league fixtures and it makes for grim reading .
The complete league playing record reads : Played 4 Won 0 Lost 4 For 2 Against 27 : Points : 0 from a possible 12 . All fixtures played in NWWRFL Premier Division
In contrast , we were regular opponents of the Blackpool Wren Rovers Reserve Team and purely out of interest , that record reads :
Played 16 Won 9 Drawn 1 Lost 6 For 48 Against 28 : Points 27 from a possible 48 : Fixtures played in NWWRFL Divisions One and Two North
Player Stats and Club Updates following the Manchester Stingers home game
Wednesday 4th April 2018 : Won 7-0
Wigan Athletic Ladies recorded a 7th consecutive Premier League win , continuing to beat our previous best of 3 consecutive Premier League wins .
The last 7-0 home league win prior to playing Stingers , was on Wednesday Sept. 7th 2016 , versus Blackburn Community .
Ashley Taylor made her 90th Club Appearance versus Manchester Stingers on April 4th .
Wigan’s 6th Goal scored by Emma Lysons , was the 60th goal scored in the Premier League this season .
The opening first goal scored by Michelle Hunt , was scored directly from a corner kick .
Ellie Threlkeld’s goal versus Stingers took her total to 7 for this season , but overall , she now has 20 league and cup goals in her Wigan career .
Aimee O’ Keefe made her first appearance since the Friendly versus Llandudno on April 2nd 2017 , winning 5-1 and scoring 1 goal .
Possible forthcoming Player and Club Stats .
Grace Vella requires two Appearances ( Fleetwood Double Header ) to make 50 in total ….. Grace has never been a Substitute .
Megan Edwards requires one Appearance to make 30 in total .
Aimee O’ Keefe requires two goals to make 40 league and Cup Goals for Wigan ( 29 & 9 )
The Team needs to win four league games without losing , to make more wins then losses , since the clubs formation ( 171 to 174 ) .
The Team needs three clear league goals to make it more goals scored , then conceded since the clubs formation ( 975 to 977 ) .
If the team can score more then nine goals in their six remaining league matches , this would set a new club record of goals scored by Wigan Athletic in the Premier Division .
The lowest number of goals ever conceded by Wigan Athletic in the Premier Division stands at 25 ….. we have presently conceded 22 .
On This Date …… April 15th
2001 Greater Manchester Police ( Away ) Division Two North ( Won ) 2 – 1
2007 No Fixture Division One North
2010 Bolton Lads and Girls Club ( Home ) Division One North ( Won ) 3 – 0
2012 Northwich Vixens ( Home ) Premier Division ( Lost ) 2 – 6
All above research is taken from our own Women’s Football personal records (C) Rod and Josie Prescott ( 2018 )
Fleetwood Town Wrens Versus Wigan Athletic Ladies
NWWRFL Premier Division ( Double Header League Fixture )
Sunday 15th April 2018 : Kick Off 3pm (T.B.C.)
At : Poolfoot Farm : Fuse Football : Butts Road : Thornton : Cleveleys : FY5 4HX