Vanarama National League North club Chorley have moved to clarify the situation surrounding their Under-21s friendly against Wigan Athletic.
The Latics visited Victory Park on Tuesday night and fielded a side containing the likes of striker Will Grigg and former Reading striker Noel Hunt, who is currently on trial with the SkyBet League One club.
The Magpies put out an Under-21 side as scheduled, but they were beaten 14-0, with Northern Ireland striker Grigg netting scoring five of their goals.
After the game Chorley’s first team manager Matt Jansen tweeted “Maybe a misunderstanding? Our Chorley U21s had a tough night against Wigan’s first team.”
— Matt Jansen (@mrmjansen) August 1, 2017
In a statement released on Wednesday morning, Chorley confirmed that their first team had already completed their pre-season schedule and that the fixture was always set up as an Under-21 fixture, despite the Latics opting to field a number of first team strikers.
The statement read “Chorley Football Club would like to make the following statement with regards to last night’s U21 friendly against Wigan Athletic U21’s.
The game was not originally intended to involve first team players for either side and was arranged as a behind closed doors friendly.
Chorley FC have completed their pre-season competitive fixtures and the first team were training as normal on Tuesday evening. There was never any intention of it being a first team game with the season less than a week away.
On social media and in some reports the game has since been labeled as a Chorley FC first team fixture, this was never the case, however Wigan did opt to field players with first team and international experience.
We hope this clarifies the situation”.
Chorley’s first team kick off their National League North campaign with a trip to Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
The two sides met in last season’s National League North play-off semi-finals, with the Magpies winning 2-1 on aggregate.
However, they were denied a place in the National League after they were beaten in the final by FC Halifax Town.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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