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Youngsters Win Again Against Accrington Stanley

21 October 2014

The Oldham Athletic youth team sealed a 4-0 victory over Accrington Stanley in a game which extended their winning run to nine games.

Callum Etches, Jake Hargreaves, Jordache Walters and Lee Knight grabbed the goals to seal Latics a comfortable victory.

Accrington, despite their low league position, started the game strong and were unfortunate not to grab a goal in the opening exchanges of the game.

That pressure would come back to bite them as Latics took the lead just after the half hour.

Jack Tuohy's cross into the box caused mayhem for the defence and Etches scrambled the ball home from a couple of yards to give the the youngsters the lead, slightly against the run of play.

The visitors did not let that goal affect them and went in search of the equaliser.

Athletic goalkeeper Paul Tyson was forced into two smart saves after the Accrington strikers found a way past the defence.

The home side were struggling to get hold of the ball but did manage to double their lead just before the break.

Good work by Kallum Mantak on the right-hand side saw him cross for Hargreaves in the centre to send Latics into the break two goals ahead.

The home side came out much brighter in the second half with manager Tony Philliskirk's words ringing in their ears.

Walters added a third mid way through the second half after Tuohy's teasing delivery into the box was not dealt with.

Latics were in cruise control and half time substitute Knight scored the fourth two minutes later, rounding the goalkeeper and confidently stroking the ball into an empty goal.

Speaking about the victory, Philliskirk was happy to win but felt his side were a touch off the pace.

He said: "We have played better this season but it just shows a long we have come to say we are disappointed with how we played but still won 4-0. We looked slightly tired and started the game slowly and Accrington played well. 

"That's now eight clean sheets out of nine games and it is a fantastic statistic to have. Long may it continue because the back lads have defended like trojans over the season and credit has to go to them."

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