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Back-To-Back Wins For Latics' Youth Team

15 October 2018

Oldham Athletic’s Youth Team made it two wins in a row with an away victory against Chesterfield U18s on Saturday.

The young Latics won their EFL Youth Alliance North East League match 3-4.

“It was another tough test.” Said Interim Academy Manager, Peter Wild.

“The conditions on Saturday were difficult, it was very windy and it was a tough pitch but I thought our lads really dealt with it well.

“They adapted to the conditions well and went a goal up through Jack Williams who has recently come into the team from the under 16s.”

The Spireite youngsters levelled the match up on the stroke of half time and went ahead in the second half with a wind assisted goal

“There was nothing Ewan [McFarlane] could do about it so our backs were against the wall and it was a good test to see if they had that character that has been lacking in recent weeks. 

“They certainly showed that they’ve got it.”

Ryan Scholes-Beard capitalised on a goal keeping mistake to level it up before Max Norman headed home from inside the box to take the lead.

Soon after, second half substitute Sam Amankwaa gave the side a two-goal cushion making it 4-2 

The hosts managed to get one back with a penalty in the closing moments of the game, and Wild admits it made for a nervy final few minutes of the match.

“It was a definite penalty,” he commented. 

“That made it a nail biting end to the game but I’m really happy with how they dealt with the adversity. 

“They really showed some good mental strength, which we’ve been talking about a lot recently.

“It’s really good for us and we all know that winning games breeds confidence. 

“We’re not getting carried away, we’ve now got to try and keep them wins coming.”

Next up the youth team host Lincoln City U18s on Saturday, October 20.

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