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Sutton United vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday Five

27 August 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics will look to build on their Carabao Cup second round triumph over Accrington Stanley as they travel to newly promoted Sutton United this weekend (3pm KO).

Oldham are still in pursuit of their first success in the league this season, but Keith Curle will have taken confidence from their outings in the cup.

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20082021 Sutton United Away Tickets

26 August 2021

Sutton United are also still looking for their first win of the season.

Out of the three league games that they have played so far, they have drawn twice.

They held Salford City to a goalless draw at the Peninsula Stadium before an 84th minute leveller from Donovan Wilson saw them snatch a point at home to Scunthorpe United.

United finished the previous season in good nick, winning seven of their last 10 games.

This impressive win saw them claim a historic promotion into the Football League for the first time in the club’s history.

Head-to-Head

This will be the first time that Latics have faced Sutton United in a competitive fixture.

Stadium

Sutton play their home games at Gander Green Lane.

It will be a historic day for the club as they have their first EFL game in front of their own supporters. The delay in hosting this opener was down to the change of an artifical surface to a grass pitch over the summer after their promotion.

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Capacity: 7,032

Record attendance: 14,000 (v Leeds United, FA Cup fourth round 1969/70)

Opened: 1912

The ground also plays host to Sutton Common Rovers as well as AFC Wimbledon Ladies.

Watch Out For

Donovan Wilson has two goals to his name already this season.

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The 24-year-old forward’s goal against Scunthorpe earned his side a point and he was also on target against Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City in their 3-2 defeat.

Wilson was a contributing factor that helped lift Sutton into the Football League.

Joining fairly late on in the season during March, Wilson scored seven and assisted one in 16 games for the Yellows.

Unsurprisingly, Sutton were keen to make the move a permanent one and the deal went through in June.

The pacey forward began his career with Bristol Rovers and has also had spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Port Vale, Jumilla, Exeter City, Burgos, Macclesfield Town and Bath City before he joined his current club.

In The Dugout

Matt Gray is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

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As a player Gray spent time with Barnet, Hayes and Havant & Waterlooville.

He has had coaching experience with Eastleigh, Aldershot Town and Crawley Town before getting his first crack at management with Sutton United.

Gray was appointed boss on an interim basis at first but was awarded with the permanent posting in May 2019.

The gaffer led Sutton to the Football League for the first time in the club’s history last season and he was awarded the Manager of the Year award in the process.

A Foot In Both Camps

The current U's man between the sticks is ex-Latics 'keeper Dean Bouzanis.

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A spell at Boundary Park between 2011-13 for the Australian was a memorable one partly down to the FA Cup giant-killing against Liverpool and his involvement in the last minute goal with Everton towards the end of his time at the club.

After a host of other teams he returned to England and joined the South London side in August 2020 as his partner moved across to play for Arsenal. An ever present figure, he was key to their promotion keeping 18 clean sheets last season and has been handed the gloves again providing experience in their debut Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Match Officials

The man in the middle is Darren Drysdale.

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His last fixture in charge of Latics arrived in March 2021 as we lost 2-1 away at Leyton Orient and he handed out four yellow cards.

He took charge of 27 games last campaign, handing out a total of 78 yellow cards and two red cards.

Drysdale will be assisted by Stuart Butler and Samuel Ogles, with Nicholas Cooper the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

The hosts are the bookmaker’s favourites to take maximum points and are priced at 23/20 to get the win.

Latics are 21/10 to get their Sky Bet League Two season up and running whilst 12/5 is available for the draw.

How To Follow The Game

Live commentary is only available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

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

Ticket & Travel Information

Due to the tight timescales, tickets will not be posted out and will only be available for collection from either Boundary Park during the week or Sutton's ground on the day of the game between turnstiles 9 & 10 at the Collingwood Road entrance a couple of hours ahead of kick-off.

The hosts have also informed us that they are encouraging fans who are travelling by train to use Sutton station and not West Sutton.
 
This is because West Sutton which is directly outside of the ground is closed due to engineering works this weekend.
 
The easiest way from Euston is to go to Victoria and then get the Southern services to Sutton or the Northern line to Morden.
 
The number 80 bus from Mordon or Sutton then goes past the Recreation Ground close to the away entrance.

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Sutton United 1-2 Latics

28 August 2021

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Junior Luamba struck a dramatic winner to complete a late turnaround and secure Latics’ first league win of the season at Sutton.

Luamba netted in the sixth minute of stoppage time to earn Keith Curle’s side maximum points amid a frantic finale at Gander Green Lane.

Trailing with a minute of regular time to play, Latics eqaulised when Carl Piergianni’s header went in off a post before Luamba scored in front of the travelling contingent to send the fans into raptures.

With Latics pushing forward, Dylan Bahamboula set off on a charging run down the left before veering into the area. As he fed a cross into the centre, the ball broke to Luamba, who stabbed a shot past Dean Bouzanis from close range.

In Sutton’s first home game since promotion to Sky Bet League Two having had a new pitch installed, it had been a physical battle throughout for Latics.

Curle made one change from the side which progressed past Accrington in the Carabao Cup, Jayson Leutwiler making his debut in goal as the visitors also implemented a change of shape to include back four.

Harry Vaughan was handed his first league start in midfield, while Luamba retained his place in attack.

Buoyed by the sense of occasion, Sutton began with gusto and applied plenty of early pressure.

As early as the second minute, David Ajiboye broke forward before seeing a lot shot blocked, while Louis John headed over from a Rob Milsom corner.

Milsom also sent the ball in for Omar Bugiel to direct the ball over with another aerial effort and Enzio Boldewijn placed a dipping effort just wide of goal after a good break down the left.

It took time for Latics to settle, Luamba sending an effort past the target after Vaughan and Sam Hart combined down the left, but the visitors soon had to readjust after Hart picked up an injury and was unable to continue.

Curle’s side did carry a greater threat as the half went on, Clarke going close with a header before Dylan Bahamboula registered two shots, the first going wide after a great show of footwork before being denied by fomer Latics ‘keeper Dean Bouzanis.

Yet the home side remained a danger, Donovan Wilson latching onto a pass from midfield before miscuing as the chance opened up, while Ajiboye found himself in a great position in added time as an aerial ball came in but could only place his header wide.

Sutton retained their sense of purpose after the break, Wilson heading over a cross from Jon Barden before the hosts took the lead just after the hour.

Craig Eastmond unleashed a fierce shot from range which struck the bar, with Ajiboye quickest to respond to convert the follow-up.

Yet Latics kept on going and started to control an increased share of the play as the half progressed. Having been brought on after an injury for Dylan Fage, Faysal Battache send a long-range strike over the bar before Luamba brought a save from Bouzanis after an initial effort.

The afternoon looked to be ending in disappointmet for Latics until two dramatic late interventions.

Firstly, Piergianni’s header from a David Keillor-Dunn cross went in off the woodwork before Luamba struck late on, earning Latics a dramatic win.

 

Oldham Athletic: Leutwiler, Clarke, Hart (Sheehan 17), Piergianni, Whelan, Hope, Fage (Bettache 50), Diarra, Bahamboula, Luamba, Vaughan (Keillor-Dunn 46).

Subs not used: Danielewicz, Adams, Dearnley, Bowden.

Sutton United: Bouzanis, Barden, Goodliffe, John, Ajiboye, Bugiel, Beautyman, Eastmond, Boldewijn (Smith 85), Milsom (Wyatt 67), Wilson (Korboa 90).

Subs not used: Rowe, House, Kizzi, Bennett.

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 3,262 (457 away)

 

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Ticket News

Sutton United (A) Tickets & Travel

26 August 2021

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Ticket and travel information for the away fixture at Gander Green Lane against Sutton United (Saturday 28 August - 3pm KO).

In what will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two teams and Sutton's first home game in the EFL on their new grass surface. Oldham Athletic have received the full away allocation of 102 seating and 444 standing tickets.

With the hosts expecting a large crowd, pay-on-the-day for Latics fans in the away end will not be available.

Tickets went on priority sale to Season Card holders on Monday online and at the Ticket Office.

Sales were restricted to one ticket per Season Card and to purchase online supporters needed to input the 13-digit number below the barcode on the back of their Season Card. The number can be found at the bottom where the name and seat details are displayed.

To purchase online, please click here. Please note, tickets supplied by the hosts are on A4 card with a QR code.

Due to the tight timescales, tickets will not be posted out and will only be available for collection from either Boundary Park during the week or Sutton's ground on the day of the game between turnstiles 9 & 10 at the Collingwood Road entrance from 12:30pm.

The prices are as follows:

Grandstand (Seating) 102 tickets General Admission (Standing) 444 tickets
Adult £25 Adult £20
Concession (Over 60s) £18 Concession (Over 60s) £13
Junior (11-18) £11 Junior (11-18) £6 
Child (Under 10s) £5 (only with an Adult or Concession ticket purchase) Child (Under 10s) Free (only with an Adult or Concession ticket purchase)

General sale, with no restriction on the number purchased, commences from Tuesday 24 August at 10am online and at the Ticket Office with just under half of the remaining tickets available (as of 5pm on Monday 23 August).

Coach travel is also available again for supporters from Monday at 10am (23rd) at the following prices. A 49-seater has been arranged but is dependent on sales with a departure time of 8am from Boundary Park.

To book your space(s) on the coach online, please click here.

Adults £30
U18 £15

Tickets and travel will then go off sale at 3pm the day before the game (Friday 27 August).

Train Travel Information

The hosts have informed us that they are encouraging fans who are travelling by train to use Sutton station and not West Sutton.
 
This is because West Sutton which is directly outside of the ground is closed due to engineering works this weekend.
 
The easiest way from Euston is to go to Victoria and then get the Southern services to Sutton or the Northern line to Morden.
 
The number 80 bus from Mordon or Sutton then goes past the Recreation Ground close to the away entrance.

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