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Wigan, Arsenal Ladies, Barnsley and Bury

icon weekendWigan book a return to Wembley
Wigan Athletic will back back at Wembley to face Manchester City on May 11 after beating Millwall 2-0 on Saturday. It will be the Latics' first FA Cup final in their history, though they did reach the League Cup final in 2006. Then, they faced Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium and were outclassed, losing 4-0. Wigan have won the Football League Trophy twice at Wembley – once with a 3-1 in over Brentford in 1985 and again 1-0 against Millwall in 1999.

Reaching the Cup final will be a welcome high point for Wigan fans during a season in which they have seen their team battling relegation. The club have spent eight seasons in the top flight since rising through the divisions over the past two decades. It's likely chairman Dave Whelan, who broke his leg in the 1960 final playing for Blackburn, will lead the team out against Manchester City. He said: "I don't think it has ever been done before – playing at Wembley and then leading a team out as chairman – so I might be in the Guinness Book of Records."

Arsenal Ladies' final hopes in doubt
Arsenal were beaten 2-0 at home by Wolfsburg in the Women's Champions League semi-final first leg and face a tough task to now reach the final. Arsenal were missing England forward Kelly Smith through injury but still dominated for large parts of the game, yet Conny Pohlers put the German team ahead just before the half-hour mark and Martina Müller doubled their lead six minutes from time. Wolfsburg have never been in this competition before – or won any silverware – but have invested heavily in their squad and are now seen as Germany's top women's team having overtaken Potsdam.

Barnsley battered at home
Barnsley slipped back into the relegation zone after losing 6-0 at home to Charlton Athletic on Saturday. The Tykes, who have been one of the form teams in the Championship for the last few months, were already 4-0 down by the time they had Stephen Dawson sent off in the 62nd minute. They then conceded again, had Tom Kennedy red carded and Ricardo Fuller made it 6-0 in added time. With Peterborough beating Watford, Barnsley are now back in the bottom three and, with just seven points separating tenth and 23rd, the dent in their goal difference is a big blow. Barnsley manager David Flitcroft said: "Today will end and tomorrow will begin - I'm looking forward to tomorrow and galvanising a group of players that are hurting. We will have two players missing [through suspension], it's about regrouping a gang of players who do want to play in this league."

Bury relegated after defeat
Bury's relegation to League Two was confirmed after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Oldham Athletic. The Shakers appealed for £1 million of new investment last week after making their financial difficulties public. They have won just three times since November and now haven't scored for three matches but it is off the field where their biggest problems lie. Around 300-500 Oldham fans, some of whom had bought tickets in advance, were locked out of Gigg Lane after the Manchester Road Stand reached capacity. The total attendance was 4,558, with 2,073 officially from Oldham, though many are thought to have sneaked into home areas when the away end was closed. Tom Hocking

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