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Latics Reserves 4-0 Walsall Reserves

18 March 2014

A Rhys Turner hat-trick inspired Latics reserves to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Walsall reserves at Chapel Road.

George Edmondson grabbed the other goal in what proved to be a comfortable afternoon for a youthful Latics side.

Both teams started very sharply with each dominating periods throughout the first 10 minutes. The Saddlers had the first chance of the afternoon from a free kick just outside the 18-yard-box but the Oldham trialist goalkeeper pulled off a great save to prevent Walsall taking the lead.
Oldham got into a rhythm and managed to take the lead after 24 minutes. A long ball to Rhys Turner, who made a great run behind the Walsall defence, controlled well and neatly volleyed into the back of the goal to put Latics ahead.
With just under ten minutes of the half remaining, Latics went 2-0 up. George Edmondson got his head onto a well worked cross and powered the ball past the goalkeeper to give Latics a secure lead.

From the kick off, Oldham pressured the Walsall defence and were rewarded with another goal. Saddlers goalkeeper, Liam Roberts, gifted the ball to Turner and he comfortably slotted into the back of the net.  

Just 90 seconds later, Oldham made it four and gave Latics striker Turner the match ball after scoring his third of the game. The youngster stroked the ball past the goalkeeper to ensure he left with the match ball.
Walsall started the second half making a couple of substitutions, which worked to their advantage. Just a couple of minutes into the second period, Walsall striker Michael Ngoo had a scoring opportunity but was prevented by an inch perfect block by young defender, Tomos Clarke.
The home side were withstanding constant pressure from the Walsall attack which led to a few half chances. Another free-kick went wide and the Latics defence were resolute in defending. 

With the game becoming open, the home side calmed the tempo of the game down and the referee blew for full time in what was a comfortable 4-0 victory.

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