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Latics vs. Scunthorpe

4 October 2022

© Eddie Garvey

Latics are straight back in action as they welcome Scunthorpe United to Boundary Park for a midweek fixture.

David Unsworth’s men fell to defeat in devastating fashion last time out with Wrexham scoring the winning goal deep into added time.

However, despite tasting defeat, the new gaffer will no doubt have seen plenty to be positive about going into the Scunthorpe game.

The opposition

Scunthorpe United joined Latics in suffering relegation from Sky Bet League Two last season.

Their relegation ended a 72-year stay in the Football league and they have struggled a little bit at their new level.

Form Guide

Situated in the relegation zone, the Iron have won two of their opening 11 league games and go into the game two points behind Oldham.

However, they can take some positives from the fact that they are unbeaten in their last four.



Meetings: 57

Latics wins: 17

Scunthorpe United wins: 21

Draws: 19

The last meeting with Scunthorpe United proved to be a memorable one for Oldham fans with Junior Luamba scoring what proved to be the decisive goal in the 83rd minute.

The game was a big one at the foot of the League Two table but unfortunately neither side were able to get themselves to safety come the end of the campaign.

Watch out for

Joe Nuttall top scores for the iron this season with five goals to his name thus far.

He will be looking to pick up his impressive run of form from earlier in the season and end a run of four games without finding the back of the net.

The Bury born forward began his youth career with Manchester City but had to go north of the border to make his professional debut.

He signed for Aberdeen in the summer of 2015 but only made two league appearances for the club whilst also having loan spells with Stranraer and Dumbarton.

Since leaving Scottish football in 2017, Nuttall has turned out for Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool and Northampton Town.


In the dugout

Tony Daws is the man in the visitors dugout.

After the departure of former manager Keith Hill, Daws has been in temporary charge at Glanford Park.

It is the second time that Daws has been interim boss with the first coming back in March 2011 after the sacking of Ian Baraclough.

He has held a role as academy manager at the club since 2005.

Scunthorpe are one of the clubs that Daws played for as well, going on to make 183 league appearances for the Iron.

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Latics are odds on favourites with Sky Bet for the fixture.

17/20 is the price available for Unsworth to oversee his first win as boss whilst the visitors are 11/4.

12/5 is the price for the game to end level at Boundary Park.

Match officials

The referee is David Richardson, and he’ll be assisted by Lewis Dawson and Callum Jones, with Stuart Morland occupying the role of fourth official.

Match coverage and information

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

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

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

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media.

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.


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Match Reports

Latics 2-2 Scunthorpe

4 October 2022

Ben Tollitt’s second-half penalty secured a share of the spoils for Latics as David Unsworth’s side came from behind to take a point against Scunthorpe.

Loanee David Okagbue opened the scoring early on with a header from a corner – his first goal for the club.

But Joe Nuttall and Rob Apter put Scunthorpe in front at half-time before Tollitt capped a much improved second-half performance by his team with the equaliser.

The midfielder kept his cool from the spot to level with 15 minutes to play after Mike Fondop was fouled in the box.

A point was deserved in the end following a difficult first half – the hosts growing into the game after the break having struggled in the opening period.

Unsworth’s men had made a bright start to the contest, taking the lead after just seven minutes as Okagbue converted from close range.

A pinpoint corner dropped over the pack and there was the big defender to nod home at the back post.

But the hosts struggled to stamp their authority on the game – Nuttall equalising just before the half-hour with a crisp finish into the corner after a loose pass found him 12 yards out.

Another defensive lapse saw the visitors ahead as a ball across the six-yard box wasn’t cleared and Apter tapped home on the stroke of half time.

Unsworth sent his side out early for the second half and replaced Jack Stobbs with Luke Burgess at the break. That change accompanied a switch to four at the back from the starting 3-5-2 formation as skipper Nathan Sheron moved into midfield.

Latics began to move the ball better, leading to chances for both Tollitt and Fondop early in the second half – the former firing straight at the keeper before his team-mate curled a shot just wide from distance with the keeper at full stretch.

Most of the hosts’ efforts were coming from distance as Sheron fired over having won a key tackle in midfield and drove forward from deep.

Meanwhile sub Junior Luamba – on for Charlie Cooper just after the hour – fired a powerful drive off-target, again from distance.

The hosts were on top and drew level with 15 minutes remaining. Fondop was blocked off in the box, and Tollitt tucked the resulting penalty into the corner at the Jimmy Frizzell Stand end.

Luamba was agonisingly close to winning it nine minutes from time, heading a deep cross goalwards only for his effort to cannon back off the post before being cleared.

But it wasn’t to be as Unsworth picked up his first point as Latics boss.

Latics: Norman, Carragher, Okagbue, Sheron (C), Clarke, Roberts, Stobbs (Burgess, 46), Tollitt, Cooper (Luamba, 64), Rooney, Fondop.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Wellens, Couto.

Scunthorpe: Dewhurst, Ogle, O’Malley, Boyce (C), Beestin, Nuttall, Lavery, Taft, Butterfield, Ntlhe (Rowe, 57), Apter (Whitehouse, 73).

Subs Not Used: Foster, Wilson, Pugh.

Attendance: 6,074 (406 away)

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