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Latics vs. Hartlepool

30 December 2023

Latics enter their final fixture of 2023 with the second of a doubleheader against Hartlepool United.

Oldham come into this fixture on the back of a good win away at Hartlepool United, and will be looking to replicate that result today.

The Opposition

After a decent start to the season, Hartlepool faltered, and they now find themselves in the lower-reaches of mid table, and are on a poor run of form.

In their most recent fixture, they played out a 4-4 draw with Wealdstone, salvaging a point with Mitch Hancox's 90th minute equaliser.

With John Askey's side sitting four points above the drop, they'll need to start picking up points soon to avoid the perils of a relegation battle.

Key Man

13 goals in 23 games means former Latic, Mani Dieseruvwe is the Pools' starman.

Signing from Halifax in the summer, he's already matched his tally from last season, and is set to break the 20-goal mark come the end of the season.

Tall and dominant, he'll be a cause for concern for the Athletic defence.

In The Dugout

A veteran lower league manager, Askey failed to keep Pools in the Football League last season, after a number of successful spells at previous clubs.

Prior to arriving at Victoria Park, he'd won the National League with Macclesfield Town. and clinched the play-off title with York City in 2022.

As a player, he spent his entire career with Macclesfield, playing over 500 games at Moss Rose.


Greg Rollason is the man in the middle, with Jake Allsopp and Jacob Graham taking up the roles of linesmen. Matt McQuillan is the 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 this game is not being played within the blocked broadcast hours stipulated by UEFA, live streaming will be available through National League TV for supporters in the UK and overseas.

Matchday passes are available for £9.50, with further details here.

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

Hartlepool 1-3 Latics

26 December 2023

Latics kept pace with the National League play-offs thanks to a 3-1 victory over Hartlepool United.

Joe Grey’s fourth minute strike was cancelled out five minutes later by Josh Stones, with his effort on the turn beating Dixon.

The turnaround was complete when Norwood slipped the ball past the ‘keeper in a one-on-one.

After taking the lead into the break, Oldham added another in the second-half via Norwood to wrap up the points.

The game didn’t get off to the best of starts for Latics, with Hancox’s sweet pass unlocking the defence, allowing Grey to get his sights on goal and find the far corner with a well-placed effort.

It would have been easy for Micky Mellon’s side to let their heads drop after such an early goal, but Latics didn’t let that happen, allowing them to equalise five minutes later.

Hope’s cross met the path of Norwood, who, with a beautiful back-heel flick, switched possession to Stones.

Josh, on the turn, hit the ball first time, taking Dixon by surprise and finding the bottom corner,

Athletic kept applying pressure to the hosts, and the rewards of that decision came when Stones intercepted a sloppy Hartlepool pass.

Advancing forward and adjusting his position, he saw the run of Norwood, slipping the ball through for him to beat the goalie with ease.

The first-half, and arguably the entire game, was one where any attempt at goal went in, with the remainder of the first period not mustering up any chances of note.

As the second-half restarted, Hartlepool seemed keen to get back into the game, and had their moments in possession of the ball, but never really troubled Hudson in between the sticks.

Oldham had plenty of chances to double their lead, namely when Stones’ stretched leg nearly made contact with Kitching’s cross at the far post.

Throughout the game, including Latics second goal, Hartlepool gave the ball away cheaply, either via a poor pass or simply by sitting on the ball for too long and being dispossessed.

Norwood and Sheron both looked to create chances from such errors, but either missed the target or saw Hartlepool recover just in time.

Regardless, that second goal would come, it would see the two previous scorers combine, once again.

Stone chased down a loose Latics corner, turned to take two men out of the game, before thumping in a cross, which possibly took a touch off Hogan, but was definitely turned home by Norwood for one of the easiest finishes of his career.

Athletic were solid for the remainder of the match, professionally keeping Hartlepool quiet, not allowing them to have a sniff at goal, meaning they brought all three points back to Lancashire.

Oldham: Hudson, Kitching, Hogan, Hobson, Lundstram, Sheron, Raglan, Hope, Sutton, Stones, Norwood.

Subs not used: Norman, Willoughby, Fondop, Gardner, Dickenson.

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Ticket News

Hartlepool (A) Tickets & Travel

26 December 2023

Ticket information for the away fixture at Victoria Park against Hartlepool (Tuesday 26 December, kick-off 3pm).

Latics have been given an allocation of 1,054 seated tickets in the Simpson Millar Stand.

After a period of priority sale for season ticket holders, tickets for this fixture are currently on general sale.

The club has now been advised by Hartlepool that this fixture will be all-ticket for visiting supporters with no pay on the day available.

Tickets will remain on sale online and at the Latics Ticket Office until 6pm on Saturday 23 December. The Ticket Office will also be open following the home game against Gateshead for sales and collections.

Any tickets not collected by 6pm on Saturday 23 December will be sent to Hartlepool where they can be collected from the home club's Ticket Office prior to kick-off. At the time of writing, there are just over 500 tickets remaining.

The club has received seven pairs of wheelchair tickets, with supporters able to purchase these from the ticket office or over the phone.


Prices are as follows:

Adults £20
Concessions £14
Under 18s £10
Under 14s £5
Under 5s Free, with adult


Official coach travel for this game has now sold out.


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0161 785 5150

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Boundary Park Main Stand
Furtherwood Road (Off Sheepfoot Lane)
Greater Manchester

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