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Chesterfield 1-1 Latics

19 August 2023

Club News

Chesterfield 1-1 Latics

19 August 2023

Latics snatched a point right at the death thanks to James Norwood’s dramatic equaliser.

Chesterfield had the better share of possession throughout most of the game, but failed to make it count in the first half.

They got their goal on the hour-mark, though, Ash Palmer rose highest at a corner, and directed his header past Hudson.

Latics kept at it, creating a spell of chances towards the end of the game.

Unsworth’s side got their rewards when Gardner’s shot was spilled by Tyrer, just for Norwood to follow it up for an easy tap-in.

Latics had a lot of defending to do in the opening minutes of the game, but all of Chesterfield’s chances bar one weren’t much cause for concern.

The ball came to Brandon Horton at the far post, he controlled the ball and struck it on the half-volley, but his effort went well over the bar, a huge let off for Latics,

Oldham had a great chance of their own, moments later, Nuttall’s threaded pass played through Norwood, who looked to get a shot off from a tight angle, but couldn’t keep it down.

After the break, the hosts won a dubious corner, which was headed home by Palmer, with his bullet header giving Hudson no chance.

Immediately after the goal, Latics changed shape and personnel, with Dan Gardner coming on in place of Kurt Willoughby.

Mike Fondop replaced Joe Nuttall a few minutes later, as Unsworth looked to add fresh legs to the attacking line-up for the closing plays of the game.

Oldham swung in a number of crosses, corners and free-kicks, but none caused the Spireites defence too much trouble.

With the three points seemingly in the home side’s grasp, Gardner took a punt with a long-range shot, which ‘keeper, Tyrer, spilled.

Norwood anticipated the mistake, and was able to follow it up with a simple tap-in, to send the 1,300 Latics fans wild.

Oldham: Hudson, Kitching, Hogan, Shelton, Willoughby (Gardner 62’), Nuttall (Fondop 74’), Sheron, Raglan, Dickenson, Freeman, Norwood (Tollitt 90+7).

Subs not used: Hobson, Reid.

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