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Philliskirk Happy With Youth Team Preparations For New Season

20 July 2015

Whilst the first team were north of the border, the Oldham Athletic youth team enjoyed a five-day break at Lilleshall as they continued their own pre-season preparations.

Tony Philliskirk's men travelled to Shropshire to spend a couple of days at the national sports and conference centre and he believed it was a beneficial trip for his players.

He said: "It was a great trip. It was really good to integrate the new lads with the current players and we learnt a lot about them in the five days. 

"The facilities were fantastic and we were doing three sessions a day on some days, which was tough on the players, particularly the new ones who weren't used to training full time.

"We came through a very tough week with no injuries which was pleasing and the lads said they were feeling good. The weather was great compared to up here so it was an excellent and productive five days."

After the trip, they faced Tadcaster Albion, a semi-professional mens team who had reached the semi final of the FA Vase competition last season.

Philliskirk's men lost 4-1 but he was happy with application of his players during the game.

"Tadcaster are a very good team and we knew it would be a tough ask. The pitch was superb and the people around the club are lovely so it was a real good learning curve for the boys.

"You learn about the players on games like this because it's up to the players to stand up and be counted against men. They all stood up manfully and we were relatively pleased with their performance but we know there is a long way to go."

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