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Hampton & Richmond Borough vs. Latics

Emirates FA Cup First Round

7 November 2020

Latics switch their attention to the famous Emirates FA Cup where they travel to Hampton and Richmond for the second time in three years tomorrow (12:45pm KO).

Harry Kewell’s men go into the game on a high after a vital Sky Bet League Two win over Cheltenham Town in the week. Ex-Latic Reuben Reid had given the Robins the lead but goals from George Blackwood and Harry Clarke secured the points for Latics.

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Visit the Live Match Centre to access form guides, live text commentary and live access to the match on iFollow

Oldham’s opponents play in the National League South and have picked up four points from their opening four league games.

The game will be played to a conclusion on the day. This means if it is a draw after 90-minutes, extra-time and then penalties, if needed, will decide the winner.

Kick-off is scheduled for 12:45pm on Sunday 8 November with £16,972 (losers receive £5,657) of the FA's prize pot going to the victors.

On team news, the players confirmed absent due to injury are Andrea Badan and Zak Dearnley after coming off in the week, whilst Carl Piergianni continues to complete his self-isolation.

Conor McAleny will take a late fitness test and Sido Jombati could be back in contention for selection.

Form Guide

The Beevers have won three of their seven games in 90 minutes this season which has them in the First Round of the FA Cup and in 13th place in the league table.

The Beevers’ last six:

  1. Oxford City 0-2 Hampton and Richmond
  2. Hampton and Richmond 1-2 Eastbourne Boro
  3. Hemel Hempstead 0-1 Hampton and Richmond (FA Cup)
  4. Hampton and Richmond 2-2 AFC Hornchurch (4-3 on pens, FA Cup)
  5. Hampton and Richmond 0-0 Dartford
  6. St Albans 1-0 Hampton and Richmond

Head-to-Head

This will be the second time that the two clubs have met almost on the same date as both teams also use the fixture to pay their respects for the annual Remembrance tradition.

Fans will fondly remember when Oldham came from behind to win 2-1 in November 2018 that sparked an incredible cup run featuring a 2-1 win away at Premier League side Fulham in the Third Round.

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Chris Dickson had given the Beavers the lead from the penalty spot in the 15th minute and the hosts looked like they were on their way to a famous cup upset.

The tie looked to be set for a Boundary Park replay when Rob Hunt scored to restore parity but a 94th minute goal from Callum Lang sent Latics through to the Second Round clash with Maidstone United.

Another current link between the teams is the player Rene Steer who currently plays at left-back for the hosts after signing at the start of this campaign.

The former Arsenal academy graduate signed a 12-month contract in June 2009 with Latics after a successful trial before suffering a serious injury.

Cup Run

Whilst this is where Oldham come into the competition, Hampton and Richmond have already had to win three games to make this far.

In their first tie, they overcame Corinthian Casuals to claim a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Rudriadh Donaldson.

Next up was a home tie against AFC Hornchurch. Despite taking the lead through Christian Smith in the 17th minute, Hampton found themselves trailing and needing a late equaliser from Niko Muir to take the clash to penalties where they would win 4-3.

Finally, an early goal from Muir saw them beat fellow National League South side to secure a place in the hat for the first round proper.

FA Cup History

Hampton and Richmond are looking to progress into the Second Round of the competition for the first time in the club’s history.

It is their fourth time of making it into the first round proper and the they have participated in 55 FA Cup campaigns.

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On the other hand, Oldham Athletic have a wealth of history in the FA Cup. Most notably is the 1990 run that saw Latics reach the Semi-Final before losing to Manchester United after a replay.

Latics have only failed to make it to the Second Round in one of the last nine seasons.

Watch Out For

Niko Muir has scored two goals on the Beavers’ route to the First Round of the FA Cup.

Muir has shown he possesses goal scoring and scored 40 goals for his former club Hendon in the 2017/18 season which earnt him a move to the North East with Hartlepool United, where he played in the National League.

Whilst at Hartlepool, Muir scored six goals for the club before leaving to join the Beavers on a loan deal in January 2020. This was eventually made permanent this summer.

The Islington born forward has also played for Northwood, VCD Athletic, Hemel Hempstead and Wingate & Finchley.

In The Dugout

In the dugout for the hosts is Gary McCann, who was present in the original fixture two years ago.

McCann replaced the departing Alan Dowson in June 2018 after Dowson left the club to join Woking.

His previous clubs are Dulwich Hamlet and Hendon. He had been at Hendon for 13 years as a player, player manager and finally manager.

Stadium

Hampton and Richmond play at the Beveree Stadium.

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The ground has a capacity of 3,500 and that is also the record attendance which came in a 3-2 defeat to Hayes and Yeading United in a playoff final.

Often shortened to ‘The Bev’, it has been home to the club since 1959 and has also played home to Chelsea FC Ladies as well as being used as a polling station for elections.

Match Officials

The referee for the encounter will be Sam Purkiss.

He has taken charge of 10 games this campaign, mostly in Sky Bet League Two, handing out 19 yellow cards and four red cards in the process.

The last game involving Latics when he was in charge was last season in the 2-1 defeat at Crewe in February 2020.

His Assistants will be Mike Desborough and Joseph Stokes with the Fourth Official being Matthew Russell.

Sky Bet Odds

Latics are 8/13 favourites to ensure their name is in the hat for the Second-Round draw by winning in 90 minutes and 1/3 to qualify.

The hosts are 7/2 to win the game and it is priced at 3/1 for the scores to be level after 90 minutes.

A repeat of 2018’s 2-1 win for Oldham is 15/2.

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How To Follow The Game

Because the game is still classed as behind-closed-doors, supporters can tune in live after the fixture was selected for live broadcast on, online platforms through both the BBC and BT Sport.

A match pass from iFollow isn't available as a result due to the rights holders.

Instead, an audio pass is still available for subscribers through the iFollow Latics service for the fee of £2.50. Please note, due to the hosts facilities this will not be specific club commentary but BBC Radio Manchester have kindly agreed for their feed to be taken instead on this occasion.

Dominic Dietrich and Mick Payne will be talking you through the action.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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Match Reports

Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-3 Latics

8 November 2020

Once again, Latics successfully negotiated a FA Cup first round tie, seeing off Hampton and Richmond Borough to avoid a cup upset.

Goals from Ben Garrity, Bobby Grant and Danny Rowe gave Oldham the win 727 days after the sides met in this stage of the competition.

Laurence Bilboe and Tom Hamer were unavailable for selection due to Covid-19 precautions following FA guidelines and they did not travel to the fixture.

Harry Kewell named six changes to the starting XI to face the Vanarama National League South side following a mid-week home win against Cheltenham Town.

On Remembrance Sunday, prior to kick-off, both teams took part in a moment of silence at the Beveree Stadium to remember those who lost their lives in conflict.

Latics took the lead with their first attack. Grant’s free-kick was headed back in the direction of the winger and his second attempt found its way past a sea of bodies in the Hampton box before eventually finding Garrity who was able to supply the finish.

The hosts looked to get back on terms and Tyrell Miller-Rodney had an effort from range that he dragged wide of Ian Lawlor’s goal before Niko Muir’s powerful effort was blocked by Kyle Jameson.

Oldham had an opportunity to extend their lead from another set-piece. This one was drilled in hard by Rowe and found the head of Grant who was unable to convert from a tight angle.

Dylan Bahamboula showed some characteristic flair and trickery to work his way past a few defenders, but his end product let him down, firing over the bar.

The Beavers were given a golden opportunity to level the scoring when Sam Purkiss awarded them a penalty kick after Rudriadh Donaldson was brought down in the box by the Latics keeper and Sam Deadfiled took full advantage, smashing the ball down the middle and past Lawlor.

Hampton and Richmond enjoyed a good spell in the game following going back level and Kyron Farrell hit a venomous strike goalbound that hit Jameson in the face, preventing a second goal.

A fantastic quick counter-attack saw Latics retake the lead. A first-time ball from Alfie McCalmont found Dylan Fage out wide and the Frenchman delivered an exquisite cross into the box which put it on a plate for Grant, who supplied the easy finish.

Lawlor was called into action again, this time by Farrell but the keeper did well to get down low to stop his effort.

Bahamboula had the last chance of the half, he showed a great turn of pace to give himself enough room to go for goal, but his effort went narrowly wide.

Latics doubled their advantage inside the opening five minutes of the half through Rowe. Bahamboula did well down the line and his cross ended up at the feet of Rowe via a Hampton header. Rowe expertly chopped inside, taking two defenders out of the game before steadying himself to curl the ball into the top corner.

Gary McCann's side were almost right back in the game immediately, in the 52nd minute, Jake Gray found himself with room in the Oldham box, but his effort sailed wide of the mark.

Brice Ntambwe was perhaps slightly lucky not to give away a second penalty for a challenge after a good give and go from Hampton and Richmond forwards, but the referee was unmoved by the protests of the hosts.

Hampton had another chance to pull one back on the hour mark, Muir was able to get past Lawlor but Latics got enough bodies between him and the goal to block his eventual effort.

Again, a swift counter-attack from Harry Kewell’s men gave them another chance. This time it was a reverse of the second goal, Grant crossing for Fage but he was unable to get anything on the ball to put the game to bed.

Hampton and Richmond pulled one back in the 75th minute. Strong linkup play from Muir found Donaldson whose low driven cross found Deadfield who was able to smash home from close distance for his second goal of the game.

In search of a fourth goal, Borthwick-Jackson fired over the bar in the 78th minute after the hosts had failed to deal with a Latics corner.

Latics had a penalty shout of their own in the 82nd minute with Bahamboula going down under the pressure from a Hampton defender but the referee was unmoved.

Rowe came inches away from his second and Latics’ fourth. He picked the ball up from comfortably outside of the box and curled a peach of a right-footed effort that sailed past the helpless Alan Julian but the woodwork denied the forward what would have been a superb goal.

There was a nervous moment for the visitors when Jake Gray chucked himself to the ground in the penalty box, but the referee correctly gave the free-kick to Oldham and rewarded Gray with a yellow card for his simulation.

The Beavers finished the game with 10 men with Miller-Rodney picking up a yellow card in stoppage time for a petulant shove on Grant.

Latics overcame any late pressure from their National League South opposition to confirming their place in the hat for the Second Round of the FA Cup.

Hampton & Richmond Borough - Julian (GK), Farrell, Inman, Smith, Steer, Carvalho (Coleman, 65), Gray, Miller-Rodney, Deadfield, Donaldson (Bassett, 81), Muir

Subs – Bowman (GK), Uche, Minhas, Bassett, Coleman, Wotton, Amate

Goals – Deadfield x2

Oldham Athletic – Lawlor (GK), Fage, Clarke, Jameson, Borthwick-Jackson, Ntambwe, Bahamboula, Garrity (Barnett, 69), McCalmont, Grant, Rowe ©

Subs – Jombati, Blackwood, Whelan, Keilor-Dunn, Barnett

Goals – Garrity, Grant, Rowe

Referee – Sam Purkiss

Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-3 Latics

Harry Kewell's side earn themselves a place in the second round of the FA Cup after securing the win against the Vanarama National League South outfit.

Ben Garrity put Oldham ahead early on, but Sam Deadfield's penalty cancelled out the advantage. However, goals from Bobby Grant and Danny Rowe gave Latics the lead before Deadfield got his second of the game.

The boys in blue held on to win after 727 days since the sides met in this stage of the competition.

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