Pritchard, Grant score for LaticsJohn Pritchard and Ben Grant scored the goals which earned Latics under-18's a 2-1 win at Preston in their opening game of the season in the Football League Youth Alliance's North West Conference.
It was a battling performance from Latics who showed great resolve having fallen behind midway through the opening half.
Pritchard equalised direct from a free kick from the edge of the box.
And first-year scholar Grant came up with the winner just before half time.
The ball was headed back across the face of goal from a free kick and Grant tapped in from four yards.
Latics battled hard in the second half to grind out a victory.
Grant was outstanding out wide, Tomos Clarke defended resolutely while Jordan Bove was tireless as he led from the front.