Youth Team Preview: Oldham Athletic (A)

Blackpool make the trip to Greater Manchester this weekend to face Oldham Athletic.

It was a win last time out for the young Seasiders, coming from 2-0 down to beat Shrewsbury Town 3-2.

The team showed fantastic character to win the game and some of the team that played in that win replicated it with a 5-1 thrashing of Fleetwood Town in the Russell Cup earlier in the week.

This weekend Blackpool face another EFL Youth Alliance fixture in a trip to Oldham.

The match will take place at Oldham's Training Ground on Chapel Road (OL8 4QQ)

The Key-Man
Jim Simms is a key key man for this Oldham side. He not only bagged a hat trick in his last outing but he holds a vital position in the side as the main player in the Latics’ front three.

Oldham’s most recent fixture was a replay in the FA Youth Cup against Bradford City where they won 3-1 and it was Simms who bagged all of the goals. He is a player the Blackpool defence will need to look out for and it will be a task they won’t take lightly.

The young Seasiders did a job on Shrewsbury’s Jenson Cooper who was the previous key man in the preview series and now the Blackpool defence must do the same on Oldham’s number nine.

Who Comes Out On Top?
Blackpool have been on a decent run of form since losing the derby to Preston North End. Having beaten Bolton Wanderers in the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup and Shrewsbury in a comeback win and Fleetwood in the Russell Cup, spirits are well and truly high. Every player seems to be doing their job for John Murphy and it looks to be a great test this weekend against an Oldham side who like to not only play decent football but have been on a good run of their own.

The young Seasiders must keep to their own gamelan, not let their heads fall, defend solidly and play out from the back and attack with menace. Johnny Johnston has been in top form leading the line with the likes of Jake Daniels and Arnold Matshazi. The Blackpool midfield can look to him to be the main threat for Murphy’s side.

Oldham will need to look out for this and try to take the sting out of the Tangerine’s and gain some control and be able to play their own attacking game.
By Callum Insull

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