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MATCH REPORT: Latics Pegged Back Against Cheltenham Town

5 October 2019

Oldham Athletic picked up a point against Cheltenham Town as Filipe Morais gave Latics the lead early in the first-half, but Ryan Broom found an equaliser late on at Boundary Park.

Latics had the first opportunity of the game in the 5th minute when a low cross into the box from Christopher Missilou couldn’t find any of the Latics attackers however it did fall to Morais on the edge of the box after a clearance, but he couldn’t keep his effort down.

Moments later, the visitors should have been ahead after Broom forced a good save from Zeus De La Paz and the rebound fell to Alex Addai, but he lost his footing and somehow couldn’t get any connection on the ball with an open goal in front of him.

Dino Maamria’s side did take the lead in 9th minute as Jonny Smith produced a great pass to put Morais clean through on goal and he calmly slotted past Scott Flinders and into the back of the net.

After the restart, Desire Segbe Azankpo nearly doubled his sides’ lead when he capitalised on a loose ball and raced towards goal before unleashing a strike which was comfortably saved by Flinders.

Again, Azankpo came close to finding Oldham’s second as he was slotted in by Mohamed Maouche, but the striker was denied by the Cheltenham goalkeeper.

From the resulting corner, David Wheater’s header back into the box caused a goal-mouth scramble but somehow the ball didn’t cross the line and then the danger was cleared by a Cheltenham defender.

The Robins came close to equalising when Conor Thomas was free inside the Latics penalty area, but his effort was cleared off the line by Wheater.

Michael Duff’s side continued to apply pressure and were nearly rewarded as Ben Tozer found room on the edge of the box and had a strike on goal, but it was marginally wide of the post.

Cheltenham did find pull themselves level in the 71st minute as a cross into the box found Broom and he smashed past De Le Paz to get his side back into the game.

Latics should have retaken the lead when Maouche delivered a cross into the box from a free-kick out wide and it was met by the head of Tom Hamer just yards away from the Cheltenham goal, but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

The Robins thought they had snatched a late winner as Jonte Smith had a free header inside the six-yard box, but he headed over the bar.

Oldham Athletic 1-1 Cheltenham Town

Attendance 3496 (Away 182)

Oldham Athletic XI – Zeus de la Paz, Hamer, Egert (Fage 80’), Wheater ©, Iacovitti, Sylla, Missilou, Morais (Adams 76’), Smith (Wilson 77’), Maouche, Azankpo.

Subs – Zabret, Stott, Smith-Brown, Fage, Eagles, Adams, Wilson.

Cheltenham Town XI – Flinders, Long, Raglan (Clements 32’), Tozer, Greaves, Hussey, Doyle-Hayes (Lloyd 55’), Thomas, Addai, Broom, Reilly (Smith 55’).

Subs – Lovett, Boyle, Bowry, Ince, Clements, Smith, Lloyd.


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