Stalemate At Christopher Park Training Ground
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UNUSED SUBS: Harry Lewis (GK), Ryan Sears, Nathan Millis.
Shaun Rowley (GK); Jack Butts, Trialist, Ben Burton, Ryan Hickman (c), Callum Roberts, Niall Flint (Joel Carta, 57), Alex Fletcher, Joe Kenton (Tom King, 65), Jordan Wilson, Kaiman Anderson. FULL-TIME: Wigan Athletic 0-0 Shrewsbury Town
SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP:
And it meant that the game finished as a stalemate - the youth team's first of the season and the first time they have failed to score since September.
Wigan applied late pressure as the game approached full-time with Callum Lang finding space to shoot from the left inside the box, but more brave defending from Town meant his shot was blocked.
At the other end, with 78 minutes on the clock, Shrews substitute King turned and fired an effort towards the left corner from outside the box but Latics goalkeeper punched around the post.
Wigan also made claims for a penalty with 15 minutes left but instead Louis Robles was booked for diving.
More action followed in the second period, with Wigan's Charley Edge volleyed the ball over the Town crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.
HALF-TIME: Wigan Athletic 0-0 Shrewsbury Town
The fairly-even nature of the first half meant the two sides went in level and without a goal at the break.
In a quiet first period, the best opening fell for the Latics' Alex Cvetkovic who found space to shoot from the right but his effort was blocked behind for a corner.
Shaun Rowley replaced Harry Lewis in goal, while Jack Butts, Callum Roberts and Jordan Wilson all came in for Jeff Watkins, Josh Ginnelly and King.
Head of academy coaching Dawes made four changes to the side which played against Rochdale a week before, and Joe Kenton was a late replacement for Ethan Jones.
Wigan, who have scored the most goals and conceded the fewest in the league this season, could not find away through the Shrews Under-18s' defence as Ian Dawes' side defended bravely.
In a game of few chances at Christopher Park Training Ground, Town created the better openings with substitute Tom King seeing a vicious strike punched around the post.
Shrewsbury Town came away from third-placed Wigan Athletic with a hard-earned point in the Football League Youth Alliance - North West league on Saturday.