With the fixture being reversed at short notice the Under 18 side fell to defeat in their last outing, as they were beaten 3-2 by Blackpool at Chapel Road on Saturday.
Despite taking the lead early on courtesy of Andy Hackett, Oldham found themselves 2-1 down at the break. The young Latics then got themselves back into the game as Jack Williams’ impressive solo goal drew the sides level, however a late strike for the Seasiders gave the away side the win.
Manager, Danny Cadamarteri believed the result was a fair one despite his side just losing out in the dying minutes.
“I think you get what you deserve in football, it’s OK saying you created loads of chances and dominated parts of the game, but if you don’t put your chances away and gift goals like we did then you don’t deserve to come out of the game with anything.”
Hackett’s early opener gave Cadamarteri’s side a flying start and the Under 18’s boss was disappointed his side didn’t build on their impressive start to the game.
“We scored a good team goal with a good finish from Andy playing a little bit further up and then created some good chances in the first half that should have put us out of site at half time, but we didn’t convert which was really disappointing.”
As well as a number of missed chances in attack, Cadamarteri believed his side also let themselves down in defence.
“If you look at the league table I think we’ve now conceded the most goals with another three today, so I think that’s an area we need to focus on.”
The Youth Team now have a free week off with no game next weekend, and Cadamarteri gave an insight on his plans for the match-free week.
“We’ve organised a midweek friendly game where we’re hoping to get a number of the younger under 16 lads in, and we’ll also be pinpointing some key areas, with the primary focus being on our defensive responsibilities.”