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Latics 1-1 Maidenhead

3 October 2023

Latics were dealt a tough blow as Bradley Keetch’s late equaliser ruled out Alex Reid’s first half header.

Reid’s bullet header was met by Ross in the Maidenhead goal, but such was the ferocity of it, he could only get a hand to it, and couldn’t keep it out, giving Latics the lead.

Maidenhead chased the game, and got their reward, Brad Keetch’s long-range strike beat Hudson, and rescued a point.

Latics played some wonderful stuff in the early periods of the game, pass-and-move football was the mantra, with a number of half-chances created from the passes.

The best chances came via other methods though, Norwood flicked the ball around the defender, running towards goal, but was denied by the ‘keeper, whereas Sutton’s header from Green’s cross went just wide of the goal.

Oldham’s goal came though, and it couldn’t be anyone other than the man of the moment, Alex Reid.

Another one of Mark Kitching’s superb crosses from the left found Reid in the middle, he was unmarked, and connected powerfully with his head.

Craig Ross in the Maidenhead goal managed to get a touch to it, but due to its power and speed, he couldn’t keep it out and it hit the back of the net.

Alex didn’t leave it there though, he had another chance through a header, again swung in by Kitching, but it hit the post before bouncing off his head again, going out of play.

Maidenhead came out in the second-half looking for an equaliser, and frustrated Latics in many ways, but were also patient in their attempts.

Hobson had to block a shot from close-range to keep the score level, whilst a goal line clearance from Green denied Tobi Sho-Silva.

Latics didn’t have anywhere near the same amount of chances in the second-half as they did in the first, but still looked good to hold on to the lead.

That made it all the more disappointing when Keetch found the back of the net with a powerful shot from outside the area with three minutes of normal time to play.

Oldham didn’t let that get them down, and in the remaining minutes they looked to re-take the lead, but their efforts were fruitless.

Oldham: Hudson, Kitching, Hogan, Hobson, Lundstram (Shelton, 72), Sheron, Green (Tollitt, 83’), Sutton, Dickenson, Reid (Nuttall, 70), Norwood.

Subs not used: Norman, Willoughby.

Attendance: 5,836 (29)

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