A BABY-FACED Tranmere line-up emerged with some credit from an emphatic Puma Youth Alliance defeat at Wigan Athletic.
Rovers were obliged to field under-16 goalkeeper Chris Mullin between the posts because regular youth keeper Andy Coughlin was required for first team duty as a substitute at Exeter City.
The game’s outcome was settled before half-time by Wigan goals on nine, 20 and 40 minutes.
Coach Shaun Garnett said: “The lads did much better in the second half in keeping out a strong Wigan side. It was a good learning experience for our young players.”
Tranmere host Stockport County in a Youth Alliance fixture at Raby Vale today, kick-off 11am.