Oldham Athletic’s U18s kicked off their Youth Alliance Cup campaign with a victory over Hartlepool United at the weekend.
Latics beat the visiting team 5-2, giving Oldham three points in the league-style cup competition.
There has been some temporary changes within the Oldham Athletic Academy, Youth Development Lead Phase Coach, Peter Wild is also currently carrying out the role of Interim Academy Manager.
Wild was please with the positive result and hopes the side can build the momentum.
“It has been an interesting period with lots of ups and downs but we’d like to think that everything is starting to calm down and we are getting our structure in place so the academy can push forward again.” He said.
“We have worked hard with the boys recently on where we thought they were lacking and Saturday was their first chance to put it right and they did.”
The game was all square at halftime but an impressive second half display gave the young Latics the win.
“It was a decent game.” Wild commented.
“We raced into a 2-0 lead but were pegged back to 2-2 at half time.
“On 60 minutes it was a game that could have gone either way, we managed to score from a corner and from there on we got a couple of goals and on another day we probably could have got a couple more.”
Next up, the U18s travel to second place Chesterfield in the EFL Youth Alliance North East and Wild believes the weekend’s game will have given everyone a boost.
“It’s done the whole academy really well.” He said.
“Hopefully we can now give a good honest account of ourselves and start to progress as U18s and coaches and makes sure that everybody pushes in the right direction.”
Oldham Athletic (Robinson, Scholes-Beard x2, Grundy, Amankwaa) 5-2 Hartlepool United