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Match Previews

Latics vs. Wealdstone

20 April 2024

Match Previews

Latics vs. Wealdstone

20 April 2024

Oldham will hope to round off their season with a win against Wealdstone on the final day of the season.

On Thursday, Dan Gardner continued his fine form in front of goal. The midfielder has ended the campaign scoring four times in his last six, including in two of the last three at home, whilst Gardner will hope to sign off for the last time this season with another effort.

The Opposition

A crushing 1-0 defeat to Eastleigh on Tuesday concluded a four-game home stretch for Wealdstone, with their National League status hanging in the balance ahead of the final day.

The Stones hold a two-point buffer over Boreham Wood who occupy the final spot in the drop zone, whilst a point at Boundary Park could be enough to secure participation in England’s fifth tier for the fifth consecutive season.

Before the recent defeat, Wealdstone had previously won two straight against Chesterfield and crucially Dorking Wanderers, though struggles on the road must be quickly forgotten if they hope for safety.

Three successive defeats away from home and without a clean sheet in their last ten on their travels requires the need for a breakthrough, whilst their National League status remains well in their hands.

Key Threat

Latics’ final opponents have needed moments more often than not throughout the 23/24 campaign, though Max Kretzschmar’s contributions this season have regularly been timely.

His eight strikes from midfield are his most in a league season since 21/22 with Woking, where he notched 13 goals, clearly highlighting Kretzschmar’s eye for the net, with Wealdstone ironically being deadly recipients of the midfielder’s prowess.

His injury time strike to equalise against his current employers back in 2019 in the National League South playoff semi-final a noticeable sign of the danger he poses, along with a plethora of experience to help lead this Stones side to a successful final day.

In the dugout

Sam Cox will hope to end his short tenure in the Wealdstone hot seat on a high with National League safety in mind after he took on his first managerial role last week, replacing David Noble at St Georges.

He had been part of Noble’s staff as a first team coach, though since being asked to take on the reins on a temporary basis, Cox has settled well during a critical stage of the season.

This Wealdstone side were in desperate need of leadership before his arrival. The club had lost four consecutive league outings, whilst Cox has split his four games in charge (W2 L2), hoping to see off an impressive feat in his young career.

Match Details

The referee will be Elliot Bell, along with assistants Scott Taylor and Scott Henry. The fourth official will be Barry Lamb.

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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