Oldham Athletic youth team, sponsored by the Safeguard Group, fell to defeat on Saturday, losing 4-1 to Port Vale.Devante Jacobs continued his impressive goalscoring record, equalising just after the half hour mark after the Valiants took the lead within the first 20 minutes.
The scores were level on 80 minutes but the young Latics conceded three in the final ten to lose 4-1.
Speaking about the result, manager Tony Philliskirk said: "It was a strange game. We were dominant at 1-1 and missed some great chances. We just imploded in the last ten minutes and conceded three goals which were basic errors.
"It sounds a drubbing but for large parts of the game, I thought we were the better side. We did really well in the ten games unbeaten to keep clean sheets, we have no conceded eight goals in the last two games so that needs to be addressed."
Philliskirk admitted things just did not go for his side on Saturday morning: "Eddie Fulwood took a knock on Friday and his foot was like a balloon on Saturday and Jake Hargreaves had to miss the game with a dead leg so that did not help. We had 12 players going down so I had to totally change the team as they were both set to start," the boss explained.
"I had strikers playing midfield, midfielders playing full backs and had too many square pegs in round holes. Lee Knight and Rio Murray had chances to score and will have been disappointed not to score so things just didn't go for us at the weekend."
Latics' youth team take on Tranmere tomorrow night in the first round of the FA Youth Cup (kick off 7pm).