Oldham Athletic’s youth team took away a point on Saturday after drawing 1-1 with Notts County’s U18s.
Ryan Scholes-Beard was on the scoresheet for the young Latics side after returning from a six-week long injury.
Youth team coach Craig Large has had to take the reigns in recent weeks, but he says he got a good reaction from his side following a defeat to Mansfield Town the previous week.
“We got a massive reaction from last, everything that went wrong last week we put right on Saturday.” He said.
“We had a heart to heart with all the lads last week and it was a complete opposite on Saturday.
“We deserved the three points, but what's pleasing is the lads realise this is the start and that they have to go build on this now.”
Large says that it was a good performance from the young side, but he admitted he was disappointed not to come away with the three points.
“It was an enjoyable game to be a part of, the lads put a real shift in with lots of effort and there was lots of good play.” He commented.
“We created lots of chances and on another day, we could have scored three or four, but unfortunately we could come away with the point.”
Since Pete Wild and Chris Millington have temporarily moved up into the first team set up, Large has had to oversee proceedings in the academy.
However, he says it has been a great experience for him and he will relish the roll until Wild and Millington return.
“It's been a great learning curve and a great experience for me personally.
“I've definitely picked up new tricks and I've been lucky with the people that have come in to help and support me.
“Obviously with Pete and Chris being with the first team I've been on my own, but it's been a great experience and one that will stand me in good stead in the future.”
The youth team do not have a league game this weekend, but a friendly has been scheduled in against FC United of Manchester on Friday.