Match Report | Cards shock Latics at Boundary Park
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.