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Youth Team Face Doncaster Rovers This Weekend

18 August 2016

The Oldham Athletic youth team face Doncaster Rovers this weekend looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

After not losing a game throughout pre-season, the youth team have drawn with Mansfield Town and beat Hartlepool at home in the opening two games.

They now face Doncaster Rovers this weekend and youth team boss Tony Philliskirk is expecting a tough game.

He said: "Doncaster is another big test for us. We went there last season and they beat us. They were a very big, strong and physical side and they have some very good players. 

“They have a reputation for bringing some good players through, similar to us, so it will be a tough game. 

“The first three games have been three teams who beat us last season so we will get another benchmark to see where we are. 

“We are away from home, so it will be a two hour journey, but hopefully we can continue on the good form we have built up.”

The boss believes his side are brimming with confidence but knows there is still a long way for his players to improve.

“The boys have got the bit between their teeth at the moment,” he admitted. 

“They are showing a lot of determination to fight for the cause and not get beat but hopefully we can ally that with putting together a lot more consistent performance. 

“We’ve not had that yet, we have had spells where we are good, spells where we were below par and spell where we were average so we now need to have longer spells of being on top in games and dominating and hopefully we will be in control of games much more.”

Meanwhile, central defender Dylan King and striker Brendy Glackin have been called up for a Northern Ireland under 19 training camp.

The lads will join up with their national teammates and take part in a three-day training programme.

Good luck, lads!

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