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Latics vs. Chesterfield

2 September 2022

Latics are looking to build on their point gained at York as they welcome Chesterfield to Boundary Park.

John Sheridan will know that it will not be an easy game against his former employers as they have started the season in fine form and currently sit top of the National League table.

Hallam Hope scored his second in as many games last time out but unfortunately, they were forced to settle for a point as York pegged them back.

The opposition

The Spireites are currently in their fifth season at the National League level.

Following relegation from League Two in the 2017/18 campaign they found life a little difficult in the fifth tier to start with posting 14th and 19th placed finishes respectively in their first two seasons.

The last two seasons have seen them improve and claim a place in the playoffs with 6th and 7th placed finishes. They will be hoping to go one better this time around and win promotion back into the Football League.


Form guide

(A) Dorking Wanderers 2-2

(H) Aldershot Town 1-0

(H) Wrexham 2-0

(A) Notts County 2-2

(H) Barnet 2-1

(A) Aldershot 2-1

Chesterfield are clearly keen to put their playoff disappointment behind them as four wins and two draws from their opening six is a great start and has them top of the league.

Watch out for

Kabongo Tshimanga is the dangerman for the visitors.

The 24-year-old was in electric form for Chesterfield last season scoring an incredible 24 goals in 27 National League games.

Unfortunately, his season was curtailed to a horror injury and if the Spireites had the forward for the back end of the season they would surely have had a better chance of gaining promotion.

He is yet to start a game this season following his return from injury but this has not stopped him from contributing to the side.

In four substitute appearances he has netted twice, showing he is still very capable of causing National League defences problems whilst also getting valuable minutes in his legs.

Such is the impressive form of the Congo born striker that there are a range of Football League clubs credited with an interest in him.

Chesterfield top goalscorer Kabongo Tshimanga 'could be back this season'  for Spireites | Derbyshire Times

In the dugout

Paul Cook is the man in the dugout for the visitors.

Cook has been manager at the Technique stadium since the 10th of February of this year.

The 55-year-old boss is in his second stint as Chesterfiled manager and his other exploits include Southport, Sligo Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town.

Cook will be looking to add to his impressive record of promotions this term following his previous success with his current employers as well as Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic.

Paul Cook returns to Chesterfield FC after James Rowe leaves following  'misconduct' probe | ITV News Calendar

Familiar face

Spireites player Ollie Banks is a name Latics fans will remember after his two season stint with the club.

Banks, 29, is a summer signing for Chesterfield. He joined from League Two side Barrow on the back of an impressive campaign that saw him find the back of the net on nine occasions.

This is his second spell with Chesterfield, and he has enjoyed a good start, netting twice in his first five appearances.

He was on the scoresheet when Barrow travelled to Boundary Park last season, scoring the opener as his side won comfortably 3-0.

He will be looking to do the same this time around.


Latics are deemed to be outsiders for this encounter.

Sky Bet have Oldham priced at 11/5 to win at Boundary Park for a second home game running whilst Chesterfield are favourites at 21/20.

The draw can be backed at 23/10.

Match officials

The man in the middle is Lewis Smith, and he'll be assisted by Matthew Sowerby and Danny Guest, with Shaun Taylor taking up the role of 4th official.

How to follow the game

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

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