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MATCH REPORT: Latics Pick Up First Point Of The Season

20 August 2019

Oldham Athletic picked up their first point of the season in a 0-0 draw against Exeter City at Boundary Park.

The first chance of the game fell to Dylan Fage after a cross into the Exeter bottom from Hamer was cleared it fell to Fage on the edge of the box and he scuffed his shot over the bar.

The visitors nearly broke the deadlock in the 10th minute when Jayden Richardson dribbled down the right before driving a low cross into the box and it met Lee Martin and his shot was deflected just wide of the Latics goal.

Exeter came close following a free-kick that was crossed into the box and cleared by David Wheater and it fell to Lee Martin who beat Mohamad Sylla but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

The Grecians should have been ahead in the 30th minute when Ryan Bowman turned Alex Iacovitti in the box but he shot on goal was easily collected by Gary Woods.

Gevaro Nepomuceno came close to putting Oldham ahead when he cut in from the right-wing and he tried his luck from outside the box but it just went wide of Lewis Ward’s goal.

Just before half-time, Johan Branger-Engone should have given the hosts the lead. A brilliant delivery from Ashley Smith-Brown landed to an unmarked Branger-Engone but he headed wide from the edge of the six-yard box.

After the restart, Exeter came close again as Lee Martin was allowed to turn inside the penalty area, but strike went across goal.

Somehow in the 63rd minute, Matt Jay failed to put Exeter ahead. Great work from Jack Sparkes down the left and he crossed into the box and found Jay and his header went wide of Gary Woods’ goal from only yards away.

The Grecians continued to apply pressure on Latics, and a ball was played back to Nicky Law on the edge of the box and his strike went just wide of the post.

Latics thought they had taken the lead with 78 minutes on the clock. A corner was headed down by Wheater and Tom Hamer blasted a strike a goal but it was cleared off the line by an Exeter defender.

Moments later, Wood managed to keep the scoreline the same as Jake Taylor raced clean through on goal but was denied by the Latics goalkeeper.

It looked like Exeter City nicked a winner in the 94th minute when Jay headed home from close range but it was ruled offside.

Attendance 2805.

Oldham Athletic XI – Woods, Hamer, Wheater, Iacovitti, Smith-Brown, Sylla, Fage, Eagles (Wilson 69’), Nepomuceno (Mills 77’), Branger-Engone (Sefil 90’), Azankpo.

Subs – Zabret, Mills, Sefil, Stott, Adams, Wilson, Vera.

Exeter City XI – Ward, Sweeney, Richardson (Taylor 64’), A Martin, Moxey, Sparkes, Collins, Law, Jay (Williams 77’), Bowman, Martin (Ajose 82’).

Subs – Maxted, Warren, Fisher, Woodman, Williams, Taylor, Ajose.


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