Latics lose way after taking the leadA young Latics' reserve side lost 2-1 to Wrexham at Chapel Road in Central League, West Division.
It was a disappointing result after Kyle Hardman (pictured) had given Latics a first-half lead.
But the fact that seven scholars were on the pitch at the end provided an exciting glimpse into the future.
Latics' keeper Luke Simpson was busy early on saving well to deny Adrian Cieslewic and Theo Baily-Jones.
Latics took the lead in the 35th minute with their first clear-cut chance of the match when two trainees combined superbly.
Danny Byrnes fired over a low cross from the right and Hardman, lurking at the near post, fired high into the roof of the net.
Wrexham hit back as Simpson has to made important stops to deny James Colbeck and Junior N'Tame while Iwan Cartwright struck the crossbar.
The pressure eventually paid off as Latics failed to clear a right-wing cross as Steve Tomasson rifled home the equaliser.
Wrexham took the lead 17 minutes from time when Simpson, who had played well, conceded a penalty as he brought down Cieslewic as he burst through on goal.
Colbeck scored from the spot.
Latics still had chances as substitute Emile Tansinda and John Pritchard both had shots beaten out by Joslyn Mayabi who is likely to be playing in the World Cup finals as he is Cameroon's No 3 keeper.