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Match Preview and Guide | Oldham Athletic (A)

William Bewsey
5:51pm, Thu 25th Jan 2024
Oldham Athletic vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 27th January 2024
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking travel to the in-form team in the National League on Saturday when they visit Oldham Athletic.

After Tuesday night’s narrow defeat at Chesterfield, Michael Doyle took plenty of positives from the performance, and will look to manage the minutes of several players who returned to action from injury such as Jermaine Anderson and Ricky Korboa. Minus Luke Wilkinson and Manny Oyeleke, he should have a clean bill of health for the trip up to Boundary Park.

Opposition Watch
Micky Mellon’s Latics took time to get going in the league, but since these two sides last met in November, Oldham have lost just twice in the league in eight attempts, both of those losses at home. A shock 4-1 defeat against Ebbsfleet and a 2-1 defeat to Gateshead have been minor blips in a run that has seen big wins at Solihull, Barnet and Hartlepool to name a few.

This run has propelled Oldham into fifth place in the table, with 45 points from 28 games having scored 45 and conceded 38. 16 of those goals have been scored by the experienced James Norwood, who is in a rich vein of form having bagged 10 in his last 10 games in all competitions, whilst the signing of forward Andrew Dallas on loan from Barnsley is a real coup; the Scot scored 19 National League goals last season at Solihull and Chesterfield.

Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Barnet saw the Latics close the gap to the third placed Bees to 10 points with Mellon’s men having a game in hand over their promotion rivals, and it was Norwood who secured all the points with a penalty either side of half time.

Last Time Out

Norwood was to get the better of the Cards in November as well, as Ian Dyer’s first game as caretaker manager ended in a 1-0 defeat at the Laithwaite. That was also the score the last time these two met at Boundary Park, with Nathan Sheron scoring deep into added time to defeat a depleted Woking side 1-0 in March.

The only other meeting between these two sides saw Oldham, then managed by John Sheridan, defeated 3-0 at the Laithwaite in September 2022, thanks to a Tyreke Johnson brace either side of a Luke Wilkinson header.

Around the Ground
Ticket pricing and other details are available here.

Woking fans have been allocated block Lower CRE of the ground, with tickets cheaper online until midnight on Friday.

Tickets are available on the gate (cash only) or at the ticket office, but for an increased price.

This area has bar and food facilities, although Oldham town centre has more food and drink facilities. Buses are available from the town centre to the ground, taking about 10 minutes.

The Cards Trust are running a supporters coach to this fixture, details are available here.

Match Report | Cards shock Latics at Boundary Park

William Bewsey
5:01pm, Sat 27th Jan 2024
Oldham Athletic Woking
Vanarama National League
27th January 2024

Woking travelled to an Oldham side in form looking to bounce back after three straight defeats. Michael Doyle made three changes to the side beaten at Chesterfield in midweek, with Rhys Browne, Jayden Luker and debutant Max Dyche, on loan from Northampton Town all starting. They replaced Jermaine Anderson, Charley Kendall and Timi Odusina, with the former two making the bench.

Woking kicked off the game towards the Chaddy End, and after a bright start, eight minutes in some brilliant play from Luker saw him find Dennon Lewis, who just couldn’t poke past the keeper with the angle slightly against him. A big chance for the hosts came on 14 minutes when an outswinging corner from Mark Kitching was just side footed wide by Charlie Raglan.

A wind-affected long throw saw Kitching this time given a chance inside the box, but his half-volley after half an hour was always sailing over the bar. Good pressure from Woking after the 40 minute mark led to Browne teeing up substitute Jermaine Anderson, but his effort was scuffed and cleared off the line.

The Cards thought they had broken the deadlock when Scott Cuthbert headed in from a corner, but eventually the linesman had his flag up for offside, with Lewis Walker adjudged to have tapped in the ball before it went over the line from an offside position.

Half time followed shortly afterwards, with a strong first half from the Cards seeing them unrewarded for their efforts thus far.

Half-time: Oldham Athletic 0-0 Woking

It took about 40 seconds after half time for Woking to take the lead. Kelly-Evans crossed down the right, Walker met it with a flick, and there was Anderson with all the time in the world to smash home past Mathew Hudson.

This seemed to raise confidence levels from the Cards tenfold, and they had a spell of mesmerising passing football for the next ten minutes. Oldham sought to respond by making two substitutions, and after James Norwood was fed in behind, his shot was brilliantly blocked by Tunji Akinola. Just a minute later, however, only great keeping from Hudson stopped Browne from rounding him after an amazing through ball from Luker.

And barring a couple of scares, Woking held on brilliantly. A superb performance from every man, and scenes at the end for the 160 fans who made the journey up.

Woking: Alexis Andre Jr, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Lewis Walker, Dennon Lewis, Rhys Browne (Kendall 78’), Tunji Akinola, Jim Kellermann (Anderson 36’ (Ince 90’)), Dion Kelly-Evans, Jayden Luker, Max Dyche

Unused subs: Moss, Korboa

Bookings: Dyche 18’

Goals: Anderson 46’

Oldham Athletic Mathew Hudson, Sai Sachdev, Mark Kitching, Shaun Hobson, Josh Lundstram, Mike Fondop (Dallas 67’), Nathan Sheron, Charlie Raglan, Harrison McGahey (Walker 52’), James Norwood, Tom Conlon (Hammond 60’)

Unused subs: Norman, Hope

Referee: David McNamara

Attendance: 6644 (160 Woking fans)

Man of the Match: Jayden Luker’s dazzling footwork and innovation was a joy to watch, but in truth, any of the Woking players could have got this award.
Oldham Athletic LINEUP
13Mathew Hudson
2Sai Sachdev
3Mark Kitching
5Shaun Hobson
16Charlie Raglan
17Harrison McGahey ('51)
8Josh Lundstram
14Nathan Sheron
32Tom Conlon ('59)
9Mike Fondop ('66)
30James Norwood
1Magnus Norman
26Oli Hammond ('59)
20Hallam Hope
28Ethan Walker ('51)
29Andrew Dallas ('66)

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