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Latics 5-1 Aldershot

12 August 2023

Club News

Latics 5-1 Aldershot

12 August 2023

Latics responded to the disappointment of the opening day with a resounding victory over Aldershot at Boundary Park.

Oldham came into the game having made the signing of Kieran Freeman on Friday, and kicked off the game with clear attacking intent.

Norwood opened his account with a poacher’s goal inside the 6 yard box, before Brennan Dickenson unleashed a rocket from 30 yards to double Latics’ lead.

Two became three with Tollitt first-time strike just before half-time, before the visitors pulled a goal back midway through the second-half.

Following Kwame Thomas’ sending off, Norwood ran through and calmly slotted the ball past the ‘keeper, before Dickenson lobbed van Stappershoef with a sweet shot from the edge of the area.

The opening half an hour saw both sides create a handful of chances, but neither were able to cause huge amounts of trouble for either of the goalkeepers.

Josh Stokes struck a nice free-kick after ten minutes, but Norman made easy work of pushing it wide.

Norwood, looking for his first Latics goal, received the ball in the box and pulled off a pirouette, before seeing his shot saved.

James would be involved again, minutes later, Dickenson picked him out with a nice pass, he controlled the ball beautifully with an exquisite first touch, but van Stappershoef pulled off a miracle save to keep the scores level.

Norwood did get his goal, however, and introduced himself to the Boundary Park faithful with an instinctive finish inside the area, after Nuttall did brilliantly to beat his man and fire a cross into the danger zone.

Moments later, Dickenson picked up the ball and found the top corner from 30 yards out with a powerful strike, putting Oldham in control with 10 minutes to go of the first half.

Nuttall got his second assist of the game, picking out the advancing Tollitt who hit it first time, across the face of goal, and into the far corner.

Coming out of the second-half with a three goal lead, Latics’ attacking ferocity weakened, but Unsworth made it clear that he wanted a fourth.

A sloppy pass at the back let Nuttall run through, looking for his third assist of the game he played Norwood through, whose shot was saved by the ‘keeper.

Shots pulled a goal back with twenty to play, their free-kick was headed back across the box and, with the final touch coming from Mark Kitching.

Freeman made way for Shaun Hobson immediately after the goal, with the defender slotting in at right back.

Norman’s blushes were spared when he came out to claim the ball, but had it dinked past him by Barham, whose open goal effort was cleared off the line by Raglan.

Kwame Thomas saw red for a stupid and cynical challenge on Tollitt just outside the box, his second booking of the game.

Nuttall completed his hat-trick of assists as he played the ball over the top for Norwood to run onto, who calmly slotted the ball under the ‘keeper from close-range.

As the 90 minute mark approached, Norwood poked a lobbed ball through for Dickenson, who hit it first time, and dinked the goalkeeper with ease.

Oldham: Norman, Kitching, Hogan, Shelton, Nuttall, Sheron, Raglan, Tollitt, Dickenson (Gardner, 90+4’), Freeman (Hobson, 75), Norwood (Willoughby, 89’).

Subs not used: Fondop, Reid.

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