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Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-3 Latics

8 November 2020

Once again, Latics successfully negotiated a FA Cup first round tie, seeing off Hampton and Richmond Borough to avoid a cup upset.

Goals from Ben Garrity, Bobby Grant and Danny Rowe gave Oldham the win 727 days after the sides met in this stage of the competition.

Laurence Bilboe and Tom Hamer were unavailable for selection due to Covid-19 precautions following FA guidelines and they did not travel to the fixture.

Harry Kewell named six changes to the starting XI to face the Vanarama National League South side following a mid-week home win against Cheltenham Town.

On Remembrance Sunday, prior to kick-off, both teams took part in a moment of silence at the Beveree Stadium to remember those who lost their lives in conflict.

Latics took the lead with their first attack. Grant’s free-kick was headed back in the direction of the winger and his second attempt found its way past a sea of bodies in the Hampton box before eventually finding Garrity who was able to supply the finish.

The hosts looked to get back on terms and Tyrell Miller-Rodney had an effort from range that he dragged wide of Ian Lawlor’s goal before Niko Muir’s powerful effort was blocked by Kyle Jameson.

Oldham had an opportunity to extend their lead from another set-piece. This one was drilled in hard by Rowe and found the head of Grant who was unable to convert from a tight angle.

Dylan Bahamboula showed some characteristic flair and trickery to work his way past a few defenders, but his end product let him down, firing over the bar.

The Beavers were given a golden opportunity to level the scoring when Sam Purkiss awarded them a penalty kick after Rudriadh Donaldson was brought down in the box by the Latics keeper and Sam Deadfiled took full advantage, smashing the ball down the middle and past Lawlor.

Hampton and Richmond enjoyed a good spell in the game following going back level and Kyron Farrell hit a venomous strike goalbound that hit Jameson in the face, preventing a second goal.

A fantastic quick counter-attack saw Latics retake the lead. A first-time ball from Alfie McCalmont found Dylan Fage out wide and the Frenchman delivered an exquisite cross into the box which put it on a plate for Grant, who supplied the easy finish.

Lawlor was called into action again, this time by Farrell but the keeper did well to get down low to stop his effort.

Bahamboula had the last chance of the half, he showed a great turn of pace to give himself enough room to go for goal, but his effort went narrowly wide.

Latics doubled their advantage inside the opening five minutes of the half through Rowe. Bahamboula did well down the line and his cross ended up at the feet of Rowe via a Hampton header. Rowe expertly chopped inside, taking two defenders out of the game before steadying himself to curl the ball into the top corner.

Gary McCann's side were almost right back in the game immediately, in the 52nd minute, Jake Gray found himself with room in the Oldham box, but his effort sailed wide of the mark.

Brice Ntambwe was perhaps slightly lucky not to give away a second penalty for a challenge after a good give and go from Hampton and Richmond forwards, but the referee was unmoved by the protests of the hosts.

Hampton had another chance to pull one back on the hour mark, Muir was able to get past Lawlor but Latics got enough bodies between him and the goal to block his eventual effort.

Again, a swift counter-attack from Harry Kewell’s men gave them another chance. This time it was a reverse of the second goal, Grant crossing for Fage but he was unable to get anything on the ball to put the game to bed.

Hampton and Richmond pulled one back in the 75th minute. Strong linkup play from Muir found Donaldson whose low driven cross found Deadfield who was able to smash home from close distance for his second goal of the game.

In search of a fourth goal, Borthwick-Jackson fired over the bar in the 78th minute after the hosts had failed to deal with a Latics corner.

Latics had a penalty shout of their own in the 82nd minute with Bahamboula going down under the pressure from a Hampton defender but the referee was unmoved.

Rowe came inches away from his second and Latics’ fourth. He picked the ball up from comfortably outside of the box and curled a peach of a right-footed effort that sailed past the helpless Alan Julian but the woodwork denied the forward what would have been a superb goal.

There was a nervous moment for the visitors when Jake Gray chucked himself to the ground in the penalty box, but the referee correctly gave the free-kick to Oldham and rewarded Gray with a yellow card for his simulation.

The Beavers finished the game with 10 men with Miller-Rodney picking up a yellow card in stoppage time for a petulant shove on Grant.

Latics overcame any late pressure from their National League South opposition to confirming their place in the hat for the Second Round of the FA Cup.

Hampton & Richmond Borough - Julian (GK), Farrell, Inman, Smith, Steer, Carvalho (Coleman, 65), Gray, Miller-Rodney, Deadfield, Donaldson (Bassett, 81), Muir

Subs – Bowman (GK), Uche, Minhas, Bassett, Coleman, Wotton, Amate

Goals – Deadfield x2

Oldham Athletic – Lawlor (GK), Fage, Clarke, Jameson, Borthwick-Jackson, Ntambwe, Bahamboula, Garrity (Barnett, 69), McCalmont, Grant, Rowe ©

Subs – Jombati, Blackwood, Whelan, Keilor-Dunn, Barnett

Goals – Garrity, Grant, Rowe

Referee – Sam Purkiss

Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-3 Latics

Harry Kewell's side earn themselves a place in the second round of the FA Cup after securing the win against the Vanarama National League South outfit.

Ben Garrity put Oldham ahead early on, but Sam Deadfield's penalty cancelled out the advantage. However, goals from Bobby Grant and Danny Rowe gave Latics the lead before Deadfield got his second of the game.

The boys in blue held on to win after 727 days since the sides met in this stage of the competition.


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