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Kick off 13:00 (UK)

06 January 2020 Venue Christopher Park Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Wigan Athletic U23
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Barnsley U23
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Match Previews

Jordan Helliwell previews U23s clash with Wigan

4 January 2020

Barnsley U23s are back in action for the New Year when they travel to Wigan Athletic on Monday afternoon.

Martin Devaney’s side picked up a point in their last outing at Hull City three weeks ago in what was a commanding display against the Tigers, and Jordan Helliwell insists that he and his teammates are raring to continue their forward momentum.

The versatile youngster is in contention to make his return from injury at Christopher Park and is confident of a positive result against the Latics.

“We had a good performance at Hull – I didn’t travel, but we’ve watched it back on the analysis and the lads played really well and were perhaps disappointed not to get the win,” said Helliwell.

“But, it the end, a draw was a good result and, like I said, it was a decent performance from the lads to end the year.

“It’s been a bit frustrating for me being out injured and not being able to play, but I’m happy to hopefully be back in the team to play against Wigan. All the boys have been looking forward to it in training and working hard, so we’re hoping to get a good result.”

Just one point and one place separate the two sides heading into this game, with Barnsley sitting slightly higher than their hosts at the midway stage of the Professional Development League campaign.

However, the young Reds will be looking to exact a bit of revenge after suffering a 4-1 humbling at the hands of Wigan back in September.

“It wasn’t our best team performance, but we feel like we’re capable of going there and beating them,” continued Helliwell. “It’s obviously going to be a very difficult game but, with how we’ve all been training and working hard over Christmas, I think we can go there and get three points.”

Helliwell made his first team debut in our Checkatrade Trophy clash with Bradford City last season, coming from the bench to replace Victor Adeboyejo late on at Oakwell.

There is still a strong pathway for young talent within our academy to take that next step – as demonstrated by the recent emergence of Elliot Simoes, who scored his first Barnsley goal at Derby County on Thursday evening.

“It encourages you to work hard in training to try and get the opportunities to push up to the first team,” asserted Helliwell. “If you get a chance to train with them, the gaffer might see something in you because he’s giving players an opportunity.”

You can find out how our U23s fare against Wigan by following updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC. Kick-off at 1pm.

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Match Reports

U23s | REPORT: Wigan Athletic 4-1 Barnsley

6 January 2020

Barnsley U23s suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic in their opening game of the New Year.

Despite taking the lead through Sam Fielding’s sensational free-kick, the young Reds were unable to build on that advantage and were undone by goals from Charlie Jolley, Ollie Crankshaw, Adam Long and Emeka Obi.

The Latics started brightly and came close to opening the scoring in the early exchanges, but Crankshaw saw his shot blocked by Rudi Pache before Jolley’s rebound was expertly turned around the post by Jack Walton.

Barnsley soon began to knock the ball around with confidence and almost found a way through when Jordan Barnett’s fizzing cross narrowly evaded Tommy Willard.

But, after Keziah Martin had been bundled over 25-yards from goal, Fielding stepped up to unleash a thunderous drive that crashed in off the underside of the bar to give Martin Devaney’s side a deserved lead.

It lasted just ten minutes, however, as the ever-dangerous Jolley latched onto a fine through ball before drilling low and hard past Walton and into the bottom corner.

HALF-TIME: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Barnsley

Aiden Marsh and Charlie Winfield were introduced at the interval for Barnsley for Jordan Helliwell and Keziah Martin, with the former completing 45 minutes for the first time since returning from injury.

The Reds looked bright, were dictating the tempo and appeared likely to score the next goal as Marsh dragged inches wide following a fine move.

However, the hosts were awarded a penalty 20 minutes after the interval and Crankshaw stepped up to duly dispatch as he sent Walton the wrong way.

Barnsley pushed hard for an equaliser and almost got their rewards as Willard burst into the area, but he saw his low shot beat two men and the on-rushing Dan Gyollai, only to see it hacked off the line.

Wigan soon doubled their advantage when Long powered home a header from a corner, before Obi ended the tie as a contest deep into stoppage time as he scrambled in from close range.


LATICS XI: Gyollai, Golden, Webber, Obi, Long, Perry, Crankshaw, Merrie, Jolley, Smith, Baningime.

Subs: Jones, Galvin, Sanders, Brown, McGuffie.

REDS XI: Walton, Helliwell (Marsh, 46), Pache, Fielding, Barnett, Price, Wollerton (Binns, 67), Martin (Winfield, 46), Palmer, Willard, Mottley-Henry.

Not used: Greatorex, Nicholson.

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