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MATCH REPORT: Latics Held To A Point By Forest Green

15 February 2020

A late goal from the visitors denied Latics their first competitive win against Forest Green Rovers.

Gevaro Nepomuceno had given the Latics the lead early in the Second half but substitute George Williams’ late strike ensured the points were shared at Boundary Park.

Oldham came out of the blocks quickly and Gevaro Nepomuceno had the game’s first shot inside the first minute, his effort from range sailed wide of the Forest Green net. Gary Woods made a return to the Latics starting 11 and was called into action the next minute but he did well to deny James Aitchison from opening the scoring for the visitors.

Aitchison came close to giving Rovers the lead again in the 14th minute but this time his shot from just outside the area went just past the post. Latics broke away quickly in the 21st minute, Jonny Smith found Zak Dearnley who attempted to return the favour but his ball narrowly evaded the winger.

Latics came closest in the 25th minute, Zak Dearnley smashed an effort from outside of the box that rebounded back of the crossbar, Oldham managed to recover the ball and Jonny Smith had a deflected effort that Lewis Thomas had to tip round the post for a corner.

Woods was called into action again in the 42nd minutes, his fantastic acrobatic stop from Aaron Collins’ effort ensured that the deadlock was not broken in the first 45 minutes at Boundary Park.

There was a nervy moment for Latics inside the first minute of the second half, Jevani Brown shot from the edge of the box only just went over the crossbar.

Latics took the lead in the 56th minute. Zak Mills’ cross couldn’t beat the first man but the loose ball fell to Nepomuceno whose shot found its way into the corner of the Forest Green net via the fingertips of Lewis Thomas.

Christopher Missilou nearly doubled Latics’ lead but his effort was just wide of the mark and then seven minutes later Rovers had a chance to restore parity. A delicious ball from George Williams found the head of Liam Kitching but the ball hit the bar on its way out of play for an Oldham goal kick.

Rovers did have an equalising goal in the 89th minute, George Williams found the back of the net with a rocket from distance leaving Woods no chance.

Nepomuceno missed a great chance to win the game deep into stoppage time but he took too much time when trying to take the ball around the keeper and Rovers eventually managed to get the ball clear. The visitors went down the other end and had a chance of their own but neither side got the decisive goal and it finished level at Boundary Park.

Oldham Athletic 1-1 Forest Green Rovers.

Attendance: 2720 (107 away).

Lineups -

Oldham Athletic: Woods, Mills, Nepomuceno, Missilou (Sylla, 73), McCann ©, Smith (Branger-Engone, 83), Piergianni, Hamer, Dearnley (Maouche,66), Rowe, Borthwick-Jackson

Substitutes: De La Paz, Branger-Engone, Maouche, Wilson, N’Guessan, Sylla, Dieseruvwe

Forest Green Rovers: Thomas, Rawson, Winchester ©, Collins (March, 68), Adams, Brown (Hall,60), Dawson, McGinley, Kitching, Aitchison (Williams, 60), Stokes

Substitutes: Logan, Mills, Stevens, Williams, Hall, Frear, March

Referee: Marc Edwards

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