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Match Preview : Oldham Athletic vs Macclesfield Town

17 August 2018

The Silkmen make the trip to Boundary Park on Saturday, hoping for their first league win of the season.
 
Macc will be buoyed by their Carabao Cup triumph over League One opponents Bradford City on Tuesday night, as Tyrone Marsh’s winning penalty sealed our first League Cup win in seven years.
 
The hosts meanwhile enter the game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Derby County, and have amassed just the one point in their opening two league games.
 
Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two encounter will be the first between the two sides in 19 years, when Sammy McIlroy’s side were victorious with a 1-0 win at the Moss Rose - a year where the Silkmen recorded the double over the Latics.
 
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Elliot Durrell remains the only long-term absentee, otherwise Mark Yates boasts a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
 
As a result, it provides the boss with somewhat of a selection headache. Debutant Miles Welch-Hayes impressed at right-back on Tuesday evening and the arrival of goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara from Manchester United provides competition for penalty shootout hero Rhys Taylor.
 
Competitive debuts still await for Ben Stephens and James Pearson, whilst deadline day signing Peter Vincenti could also feature in the 18 man squad.
 
Harry Smith is expected to continue leading the line, whilst Tyrone Marsh could return to the starting line-up after being a substitute in the midweek victory over Bradford City.
 
One to Watch – Jose Baxter
 
The forward makes his return to Boundary Park this season, with the 26-year old scoring 17 times during his first spell at the club between 2012 and 2013.
 
Baxter marked his competitive debut in the Premier League under David Moyes at the age of just 16, and has since turned out for Sheffield United.
 
Baxter trained with the Everton under-23 side last season and his return to First Team football provides the perfect opportunity for the striker to display the level of performances that he is undoubtedly capable of producing.
 
Acting as a striker or an attacking midfielder, Baxter is a lethal asset who can be key to Oldham’s season.
 
 
The Opposition
 
After 22 years in the third tier, Oldham were related to League Two last season and are at this level for the first time since 1970.
 
They parted company with Richie Wellens following the club’s relegation and he was replaced by Frankie Bunn who secured his first managerial job.
 
The club have overseen plenty of changes during the summer. Departures of key players such as Ryan McLaughlin and Craig Davies have been replaced by the experienced characters of Chris O’Grady, Andy Taylor and former West Brom forward Ishmael Miller.
 
The Latics also acquired some fire power in their attack, with highly-rated Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge joining star man Jose Baxter in arriving at Boundary Park.
 
Ticket news:
 
Adults : £22.00
 
Over 65: £10.00
 
Students: £10.00
 
Under 21: £10.00
 
Under 18: £7.00
 
By Jaquob Crooke

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Match Report: Oldham Athletic 3 Macclesfield Town 1

18 August 2018

Michael Rose’s superb free-kick wasn’t enough for all three points at Boundary Park as Macclesfield were defeated 3-1 at the hands of Oldham Athletic.

Sam Surridge’s first-half strike gave the Latics the lead before a cruel deflection in the second-half saw the hosts double their lead.

Macclesfield fought back bravely, and Michael Rose’s free-kick pulled one back before the hosts sealed the victory late on through Ishmael Miller.

Mark Yates made one change to the team that knocked Bradford City out of the League Cup with Koby Arthur coming into the starting XI replacing Scott Wilson.

Danny Whitaker had the first chance for the Silkmen. Malachi Napa did well to pin himself against Oldham’s centre back Peter Clark and lay off Danny Whitaker for a shot just outside the area, however Latics goalkeeper Iverson was equal to the effort.

Whitaker had another chance only two minutes later when Koby Arthur whipped a cross into the box which the veteran midfielder latched onto from close range, but once again Iverson saved.

The deadlock was broken in the 17th minute when Sam Surridge beat the defensive line to go one on one with Taylor and the striker duly tucked the ball into the net to make it 1-0 to Oldham.

However, despite going one goal down, Mark Yates’ men didn’t sit back and accept defeat. Michael Rose fired a shot over the bar from outside the box just a minute later and Koby Arthur came close to equalising just before the half-hour mark, but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

Malachi Napa was causing the hosts problems down the right wing and he tested Iverson again five minutes from half-time. A brilliant passing move saw Fitzpatrick, Whitaker and Arthur link up – finding Napa in space on the wing, but he could only fire straight at the goalkeeper and the half-time whistle blew with the score at 1-0.

In the second-half the Silkmen were attacking the end which housed the travelling supporters and they would be happy with the attacking intent the team were showing in the early stages of the half.

Harry Smith and Koby Arthur both put the hosts’ defence under pressure as Macc tried to find a way to level the scoring.

However, against the run of play Oldham doubled their lead on 54 minutes. Michael Rose was caught in possession and Johan Branger-Engone fired a shot towards goal, but his drive took a heavy deflection off Jamie Grimes and wrong-footed Rhys Taylor.

Once again, that didn’t put Macc off and the Silkmen pulled a goal back deservedly on the hour mark. Koby Arthur jinked in and out of the Latics defence and drew a foul from a defender to win a free kick just outside the area.

Michael Rose stepped up to take it and drilled the ball under the wall and into the bottom left corner leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. 2-1.

Rose’s set-pieces were causing the hosts havoc! Five minutes after the goal, the midfielder whipped in a corner which Oldham failed to clear. Fiacre Kelleher headed the ball towards goal, but it was frantically cleared off the line but not to safety, leaving Danny Whitaker with an opportunity to shoot but this time Oldham cleared.

Rhys Taylor was then called into action, diving down to his right-hand side to palm away Surridge’s effort.

With ten minutes on the clock, Macc were throwing everything at the hosts. Koby Arthur’s long-range shot rose over the crossbar and Nathan Blissett was winning every ball in the air, but the ball didn’t end up in the net.

Again, Macc threw the kitchen sink at Oldham but right at the death they were caught on the break. Ishmael Miller ran on to a long punt forward by defender George Edmundsson and managed to turn and run towards goal. He curled the ball past Taylor and claimed the three points at the very death against the run of play.

It was a valiant performance by Macclesfield, but it wasn’t to be.

Full Time: Oldham 3 Macclesfield 1

Attendance: 4,330 (495 Macclesfield)
Macclesfield: Taylor, Fitzpatrick ©, Kelleher, Grimes, Smith, Welch-Hayes (81’ Pearson), Napa (55’ Blissett), Maycock (73’ Wilson), Arthur, Rose, Whitaker

Subs Not Used: O’Hara, Lowe, Marsh, Evans, Pearson

By Andrew Gate

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Ticket News

Oldham Ticket News

6 August 2018

Match Tickets available from the Moss Rose now

Supporters who are planning to travel to Boundary Park on 18th August are now able to secure their ticket from the Moss Rose at a discounted price.

The Silkmen will travel to Lancashire to face The Latics for only the second time in our history and advanced tickets are priced as follows -

Adults - £18.00

Over 65 - £8.00

Students - £8.00

Under 21 - £8.00

Under 18 - £5.00

Disabled spaces are available, with prices corresponding to the above categories.

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