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Altrincham 1-0 Latics

25 October 2022

© Eddie Garvey
Match Reports

Altrincham 1-0 Latics

25 October 2022

Chris Conn-Clarke scored the only goal as Latics suffered defeat at Moss Lane.

The Altrincham midfielder found the top left-hand corner with a fine strike from distance on 72 minutes to complete a hugely disappointing evening for the visitors.

Latics went close to an equaliser in the closing stages when Jordan Clarke’s header cannoned off the crossbar but there was to be no way back.

Manager David Unsworth made one change from the team that started the win against Yeovil, Benny Couto replacing the injured Dan Gardner.

Latics attempted to start on the front foot but despite creating a number of openings they were unable to find a way through.

After advancing down the left wing, Couto cut in from the flank before seeing his shot parried by goalkeeper Ollie Byrne before Ben Tollitt lifted an effort over the bar after further pressure from Unsworth’s side.

Good approach work from Latics then saw Oscar Threlkeld combine with Mike Fondop and Clarke, whose cross was fumbled by Byrne, earning Latics a corner.

As the half progressed, Altrincham began to play their way into the game, Magnus Norman holding an effort from Eddy Jones after the full-back broke down the left before cutting inside.

Jordan Hulme was inches away from connecting with a dangerous cross from Conn-Clarke and the Alty striker then shot over after cutting in from out wide.

The visitors tried to apply pressure late in the half, Tollitt releasing Fondop, whose shot was charged down by Ross Burrows before Threlkeld sent an effort wide.

Alty started the second period with intent, Josh Lundstram seeing his shot from distance blocked before Hulme’s effort from the loose ball went over.

Fondop did well to turn inside the Alty area before his shot was held by Byrne, but that moment aside there was little for the visiting fans to cheer.

John Rooney blocked a shot from Ryan Colclough before Conn-Clarke struck from distance in style.

Latics attempted a late rally but the closest they came was when Clarke directed a Zaine Francis-Angol cross onto the crossbar with a header.

A subsequent clash of heads meant Clarke joined Threlkeld in being unable to complete the game and unfortunately for Latics there was to be no way back.

 

Oldham Athletic: Norman, Clarke (Wellens 79), Francis-Angol, Maynard, Sheron, Rooney, Tollitt, Fondop, Threlkeld (Carty 50), Okagbue, Couto (Vaughan 63).

Subs not used: Leutwiler, Cooper.

Altrincham: Byrne, Jones, Lundstram, Hulme (Kaja 62), Osborne, Colcough, Conn-Clarke (Malone 82), Barrows, Cooper, J Jones, Dinanga.

Subs not used: Jackson, Pringle, Gould.

Referee: Ed Duckworth

Attendance: 3,553 (1,606 away)


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