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MATCH PREVIEW: Salford vs. Latics Academy

3 August 2019

The Youth Team also start their new league campaign today with a tough away fixture.

Head of Coaching, Conor Marlin explained what fans can expect from the opener for those who aren't making the trip to Nailsworth to watch Banide's side at Forest Green.

After a strong and beneficial pre-season campaign, which saw the side only lose once. The first and second year scholars are now given the chance to carry on their hardwork when it really matters.

Marlin said; "We finished strong with a 4-0 victory on Tuesday against a Halifax youth team. We've continued to train hard this week, so we're really looking forward to playing Salford again and starting the league campaign and seeing how it goes."

Moving to a new regional division means Oldham now face more local and established opposition, with the first test coming in the form of a familiar opponent.

"We played Salford at the end of last season in an U17 game which was a really difficult fixture so we're expecting another good test, but with the pre-season we've had and being the first competitive game as well it's still hard to tell which way it will go.

He added; "On Tuesday everybody got at least half a game and a couple played a little bit longer who needed minutes.

"So every player has had a good pre-season so they will all have the opportunity to be a part of the first game of the season and it will be picked on merit, with the best at that time chosen to play."

With a variety of hurdles overcome in pre-season in the form of youth games and battles against adult non-league sides, the new-look Academy side have an ideal opportunity at a local venue to continue their development.

"It should be an entertaining game. If anyone has been to watch our pre-season we've scored goals, played some nice football and I fully expect that to continue."

Latics face Salford at Partington Sports Village with kick-off scheduled for 11am.


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