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Maidenhead United 1-3 Latics

17 February 2024

Club News

Maidenhead United 1-3 Latics

17 February 2024

Mike Fondop made it six goals from his last ten with two second-half strikes to wrap up all three points for Latics.

Athletic dominated from start to finish, never really giving their opponents a sniff, bar a lapse at the end.

Joe Garner opened the scoring, getting on the end of Nathan Sheron’s superb pass, but it was Mike Fondop’s brace in the second-half, in addition to his overall performance which won him Man of The Match, with his two close-range strikes proving vital.

It was a game Oldham took control of from the get-go, and never really let out of their grip, especially during the opening half-hour.

Skipper Liam Hogan thought he’d broken through when his thumping but precise effort from outside the box sneaked into the bottom corner, but the linesman’s flag was up for an apparent offside, possibly to do with Garner’s positioning in front of the Magpies ‘keeper, Craig Ross.

Despite the disappointment of having a goal chalked off, Oldham kept at it, having the lion’s share of the ball - most of which was in the final third.

Having gone close after Sutton beat two men to advance into the box before seeing his shot go over the bar, Latics took the lead, and deservedly so.

Sheron, aggressive as ever, sent Asare flying to take the ball off him, before turning around just inside the attacking half, seeing Garner, picking him out with a pass, which his out-stretched leg got to before the two apathetic defenders.

Oldham were not done there, and sought a second with the same passion and intensity as they did the first.

A good one-two between Garner and Green allowed the latter to fire in a clever ball from the wing, but Fondop in the centre scuffed his shot, throwing away a golden opportunity.

Maidenhead came into the game a tad at the backend of the first-half, but didn’t produce anything more than a wayward Ashley Nathaniel-George shot from outside the box.

Micky brought his team in at half-time delighted with the scoreline and performance, but was keen for them to replicate it after the break.

Green, energetic and involved in the game until his departure with 25 to go, nearly created a chance from nothing, chasing down an Oldham clearance. With him and Ross both going for the ball just inside the opposition half, the goalie just got to it before him, thwarting the opportunity.

He couldn’t stop Mikey’s strike moments later though.

Maidenhead were sloppy and failed to clear Conlon’s corner kick, and after a few half-shots and a bit of a scramble in the area, Fondop swung his foot at the ball, hitting the net before Ross could react.

The goalscorer turned goalsaver soon after, hooking his foot around a driven cross, hitting it with so much power it landed in a garden behind the stadium.

It was an important defensive manoeuvre too, with a Magpies attacker waiting to tap home the cross.

With stoppage time approaching, Mike got what his overall performance deserved, and that was a second goal against his former side.

He took a touch from Oli Hammond’s cross, before calmly finishing from a few yards out.

Maidenhead pulled one back through Sam Beckwith, but it was too little, too late.

An important three points for Latics, with most teams around them also winning, in the hunt for a play-off place.

Oldham: Hudson, Hogan (McGahey, 58’), Hobson, Fondop, Sheron, Green (Gardner, 67’), Raglan, Sutton, Garner (Lundstram, 90+1’), Hammond, Conlon.

Subs not used: Norman, Sachdev.

Maidenhead: Ross, Asare, Beckwith, De Havilland, Lokko, Nathaniel-George (Barratt, 64’), Ferdinand, Mitchell-Lawson, Sho-Silva (Zimba, 64’), Pettit (Adams, 78’), Smith.

Subs not used: Massey, Kinsella.

Attendance: 1,741 (472)

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