A manic eight minutes in the first half of a miserable night at Kingfield Stadium left Latics still searching for their first win on the road this season.
John Sheridan made three changes to the side that lost last time out against Chesterfield. In came Harrison McEahy, Charlie Cooper and Jack Stobbs, making way for Jordan Clarke, Hallam Hope and Dan Gardner, who didn’t travel South due to injury from a knock he picked up in the defeat eleven days ago.
Following an impeccably observed minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, Latics started the match brightly. Charlie Wellens, son of former Oldham boss Richie, played in a more advanced role and he linked up well with Mike Fondop in the early stages of the game.
It was the Man United loanee’s through ball that put Fondop in on goal, but his effort from just inside the box rattled the crossbar in the 11th minute. The striker repaid the earlier favour with a ball through to Wellens moments later, but his effort went just wide.
The early Oldham chances soon felt wasted when the breakthrough for the home side came in the 19th minute. A ball down Latics’ left-hand side was brought under control by Padraig Amond inside the box, who cleverly cut it back to the oncoming Tyreke Johnson, slotting it past Magnus Norman for his first goal of the season.
The home crowd found their voice and a Woking onslaught followed. Amond and Johnson combined again, causing issues for Sheridan’s defence, but the striker couldn’t bend his shot past the Oldham keeper.
The home-side stepped up their tempo and started to turn the screw, no sooner had Latics got the ball up the pitch was it back in their half. This time a long ball forward bounced favourably for Amond, who timed his run well to break into the area and force another save from Norman 12 yards out.
The resulting corner called the Oldham keeper into action again, pushing Jim Kellermann’s near-post effort around the post. Woking switched it up for their next corner, Josh Casey whipped it to the back-post, finding the head of a towering Luke Wilkinson, who nodded the ball down to double their lead 27 minutes in.
The promising early start from Sheridan’s side was well washed out as the minutes ticked down to half time, and with Woking seeing most of the ball, the visitors were forced to battle and chase to regain a foothold, but the chances were few and far between.
The second half started with a change for Latics, Oscar Threlkeld made way for Joe McGlynn, who’s signing on loan from Championship club Burnley was confirmed last week.
Almost instantly, his presence gave Oldham another gear and four minutes after the restart, McGlynn broke deep into the Woking half with a burst of pace, but he couldn’t quite connect with his shot which went wide of the left post.
Any early second half optimism was soon distinguished in the 54th minute when a well worked Woking ball down Latics’ left side was flashed into the box for the oncoming Johnson to hammer home at the back post, putting his team three up and doubling the strikers’ goal tally for the evening and season.
As the second half went on, there wasn’t much for the 250 travelling Latics fans to cheer. Fondop put the ball in the back of the net in the 76th minute, but it was ruled out for offside, summing up the evening.
Woking: Ross, Casey, Cuthbert (McNerney 45), Wilkinson, Daly, Amond, Johnson (Vokins 71), Moss, Kellermann, Anderson (Roles 79), Ince
Latics: Norman, McEahey (Clarke 58), Stobbs (Burgess 70), Sheron (C), Cooper, Roberts, Tollitt, Fondop, Threlkeld (McGlynn 45), Wellens, Okaebue
Referee: Wayne Cartmel
Attendance: 1,950 (250 away)