Charlie Wyke returns as Wigan Athletic open pre-season in style
Charlie Wyke made his long-awaited return as Wigan Athletic kicked off their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 5-1 victory at non-league Bamber Bridge.
As expected, Leam Richardson fielded a different XI in each half, with goals from Callum Lang (2) and Tom Pearce giving them a comfortable interval advantage.
But the sight of Wyke back in the Latics No.9 shirt - eight months after suffering a cardiac arrest during a training session at Christopher Park - made the evening an unqualified success.
The travelling Wiganers were also treated to the sight of former favourite David Perkins, who was playing for Bamber Bridge as a trialist.
Latics: Jones; Darikwa, Carragher, Whatmough, Pearce; Naylor, Power; Aasgaard, Sze, Lang; Wyke.
Subs: Amos, Tickle, Robinson, Kerr, Hughes, Smith, Cousins, Shinnie, McGrath, McClean, Magennis, Humphrys, Brennan.