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Maidstone United 0-0 Latics

19 November 2022

© Eddie Garvey
Match Reports

Maidstone United 0-0 Latics

19 November 2022

Latics created a series of chances but in the end were left frustrated after playing out a draw against Maidstone.

Despite being unable to find a way to goal, manager David Unsworth will take encouragement from the overall performance which saw his side control large periods of the game.

The visitors carried a threat throughout and will probably reflect that they did everything other than score, with several chances in both halves for Timmy Abraham and Sydie Peck in particular.

Abraham and Peck were arguably the brightest performers in a display that saw Latics show good attacking intent, the duo playing prominent parts in taking the game to the hosts whilst also linking well throughout.

Abraham started as the focal point of the attack in a formation which saw Unsworth deploy three players in support, including Peck and Ellis Chapman, the on-loan Cheltenham debutant.

Starting on the left and carrying a threat, Chapman also caught the eye as Latics controlled a large part of the game.

In the end, they were unable to find a route to goal but bright play from the attackers were among a number of pleasing elements to the performance.

On the half-hour, Abraham received the ball from Peck before taking it around goalkeeper Ryan Sandford but as he did so, the striker was unable to retain his balance and his shot was cleared off the goal-line by Jacob Mensah.

Sandford was called into action with increased regularity, producing an excellent reflect save to deny Abraham after good work from Mark Kitching.

Peck also went close and there was added intent from Latics at the start of the second half, the midfielder showing excellent vision as he weaved his way into the area before sending a low shot towards goal, only for it to be blocked.

Peck displayed his technical ability once again with an excellent effort that just cleared the crossbar and landed on the roof of the net after good approach work involving Kitching and Dan Gardner.

Next it was Abraham’s tun to be denied, Sandford diving to his left to deny a well-struck drive from 18 yards as Latics continued to press.

Magnus Norman had to be alert to thwart Sam Corne but that represented a rare moment or worry for Latics, whose back-line was expertly marshalled by Liam Hogan and Peter Clarke, whilst the experience of Kitching, at left-back also in evidence.

As the visitors continued to press for a winner, Abraham’s half-volley called Sandford into action again, and although the breakthrough did nit arrive, the visitors will be pleased that they have a platform to build on.

 

Oldham Athletic: Norman, Hogan, Maynard, Gardner, Hope, Sheron, Chapman, Kitching, Abraham, Peck, P Clarke.

Subs not used: Leutwiler, Rooney, Okagbue, Couto, Vaughan.

Maidstone United: Sandford, Galvin (Pattisson 56), Fowler, Corne, Mensah, Odusanya, Booty, Fawole (Barham 65), Binnom-Williams, Greenidge, Deacon.

Subs not used: Mersin, Hoyte, Alabi.

Referee: Paul Johnson

Attendance: 2,772 (257 away)


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