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Match Previews

Latics vs. Hartlepool

30 December 2023

Match Previews

Latics vs. Hartlepool

30 December 2023

Latics enter their final fixture of 2023 with the second of a doubleheader against Hartlepool United.

Oldham come into this fixture on the back of a good win away at Hartlepool United, and will be looking to replicate that result today.

The Opposition

After a decent start to the season, Hartlepool faltered, and they now find themselves in the lower-reaches of mid table, and are on a poor run of form.

In their most recent fixture, they played out a 4-4 draw with Wealdstone, salvaging a point with Mitch Hancox's 90th minute equaliser.

With John Askey's side sitting four points above the drop, they'll need to start picking up points soon to avoid the perils of a relegation battle.

Key Man

13 goals in 23 games means former Latic, Mani Dieseruvwe is the Pools' starman.

Signing from Halifax in the summer, he's already matched his tally from last season, and is set to break the 20-goal mark come the end of the season.

Tall and dominant, he'll be a cause for concern for the Athletic defence.

In The Dugout

A veteran lower league manager, Askey failed to keep Pools in the Football League last season, after a number of successful spells at previous clubs.

Prior to arriving at Victoria Park, he'd won the National League with Macclesfield Town. and clinched the play-off title with York City in 2022.

As a player, he spent his entire career with Macclesfield, playing over 500 games at Moss Rose.


Greg Rollason is the man in the middle, with Jake Allsopp and Jacob Graham taking up the roles of linesmen. Matt McQuillan is the fourth official.

Match coverage and information 

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 

As this game is not being played within the blocked broadcast hours stipulated by UEFA, live streaming will be available through National League TV for supporters in the UK and overseas.

Matchday passes are available for £9.50, with further details here.

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media. 

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.

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