Oldham Athletic's Academy are on a roll after stretching their winning run to five games.

December was a turning point for the young Latics, when they recovered from a 4-2 home defeat to Accrington Stanley with a 2-1 midweek win against Blackpool, with goals from Collins Kagame and Ollie Havens.

Chukwuma Akuneto's Under 18s backed up that result the following weekend with a resounding 4-1 win at home to Port Vale to progress inthe EFL Youth Alliance Cup, having led 3-0 at half-time thanks to an Alfie Atherton brace and a goal for Kagame at Chapel Road.

The young Latics ended 2023 with a 2-0 win at home to Carlisle United.

The new year got off to a false start with a postponement against Shrewsbruy Town, but they eventually picked up where they had left off by securing a 2-1 win at Salford City on January 13, at Partington Sports Village, courtesy of an own goal and a decisive goal from Somtee Chukwugbo, following good work from Atherton in the build-up.

After the frost got the better of their scheduled game against Preston, this week's home game with Stockport County provided arguably their toughest test so far. But they overcame it in style.

Latics trailed but were level at the break thank to Jesse Williams' equaliser.

A brace from Chukwugbo made it advantage Oldham, before in-form Atherton completed a 4-1 win at Chapel Road.

Following in the footsteps of his dad, Dean, Joey Holden says he is thriving under Akuneto's watch.

“I think this has probably been the most productive six months of my whole career so far," said Joey, who joined Latics from Salford.

“I’ve learned the most in such a short period of time and I think that comes down to me being open to learning new stuff and taking on new advice from different people.

“Working with Chuks, who’s a massive help when it comes to tactical information, is great."