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Match pack: Oldham Athletic (H)

18 April 2019

The Jonny-Rocks Stadium plays hosts to Cheltenham’s penultimate home League Two match of the season on Good Friday (kick-off: 3pm).

Oldham Athletic are the visitors ahead of the first of two games in four days for the Robins over the Easter weekend, with a trip to Morecambe planned in on Monday too.

A strong performance last weekend at champions elect Lincoln City has continued Michael Duff side’s good form in the division and having enjoyed a stunning 2019 on home soil, Friday’s game represents another exciting opportunity to extend the club’s home record.

Tickets for the game are available to buy online here and are also on sale on matchday at the turnstiles.

Team news

Top goal scorer Luke Varney is back and available after concussion forced him to miss last weekend’s draw at Lincoln City. Matt Bower is also an option after the defender returned from his loan spell at Weston-super-Mare recently.

Alex Addai is edging closer to fitness, however for Nigel Atangana and Tyrone Barnett injury rules them out.

Watch Michael Duff’s pre-match press conference:

 

Opposition

It has been a tumultuous season for an Oldham side in League Two this season following their relegation from the third tier in early May 2018. Starting the season with Frankie Bunn in charge, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes stepped in for a stint as boss that lasted just 31 days, until academy manager Pete Wild was handed the role until the end of the season having already had a spell in caretaker charge.

Wild leads a team still with a narrow chance of making the play-off spots this campaign, though they will require a perfect end in the next few weeks to get there. Taking 10 points out of a possible 12 from their last four games has presented them with an outside chance.

A key man for them this season is forward Callum Lang. On a season-long loan from Wigan Athletic, the 20-year-old has netted 14 times this season. He’s in a squad that also includes the likes of the talented Jose Baxter, Chris O’Grady and Frenchman Mohamed Maouche.

There’s plenty of international flavour to Oldham’s roster. Midfield man Gevaro Nepomuceno is a Curacao international, while fellow midfielder Christopher Missilou hails from the Congo, having spent most of his playing days in France previously.

The Latics away record is a decent one. They’re 10th in the away form table and their last away showing yielded a 2-0 win at play-off chasing Colchester.

Last time out

On loan Shrewsbury Town man Sam Jones was red carded just before half time when Cheltenham and Oldham faced each other earlier in the season.

A late October contest at Boundary Park saw Saturday’s visitors come out on top with a 2-0 win. It was a result that pushed Oldham up to 12th, but however put the Robins into the League Two drop zone.

Jonathan Benteke, brother of Crystal Palace and Belgium’s Christian, broke the deadlock in the second half, and Callum Lang added their second deep into stoppage time.

Revisit the highlights from that clash earlier on in the season:

 

Tickets

Tickets are available to buy online here or on the day at the turnstiles, which open from 1.30pm.

The ticket office is open from 12pm and will be selling tickets for Monday’s match at Morecambe where it’s the last chance to purchase tickets for £5 for the game. Season tickets, launched on Thursday, are also available to purchase.

The club shop is also open before kick-off selling Robins merchandise.

Coverage

Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news, match updates and pictures throughout the game. You can also check for goal updates on the club’s Facebook page, while after the game check out the club website to read a match report, and to see reaction from the manager and playing squad to the result.

Listen to live commentary on either iFollow or on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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Match Reports

Robins 0-0 Oldham Athletic - highlights & report

19 April 2019

Both teams had goals ruled out as Cheltenham Town drew 0-0 with Oldham Athletic to extend their unbeaten run to nine at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Charlie Raglan’s header was ruled out for a foul in the build up whilst a second half Latics goal was offside.

Kevin Dawson had the best chance of the match for the Robins, striking his effort at the Oldham goalkeeper after being played clean through.

Cheltenham are now nine games unbeaten at home heading into the final fixture of the season at Whaddon Road against Swindon Town next Saturday.

It was the home side who created the first chance of the game, Luke Varney going close with a header, Will Boyle flicked the ball across the box and Varney made a good connection with the ball, but his effort went well over the bar.

Cheltenham then came forward once again, George Lloyd getting onto a Chris Hussey cross, his header was going away from the keeper, but also wide of the left post.

Oldham came back with a chance of their own, Jose Baxter striking from 20 yards, the shot was well met by Scott Flinders.

The Latics moved forward once more, Chris Hussey making a fantastic block as Oladapo Afolayan was bearing down on goal after reaching a good lofted pass.

Some good play on the right from Sean Long set up Cheltenham’s next chance, he beat his man and crossed to the back stick, Chris Hussey was there for the volley, but it was blocked by an oncoming Oldham defender.

From the resulting corner, the ball was in the back of the net, Charlie Raglan headed home but it was ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

Tom Hamer got the first chance of the second half for the away side, he found himself in space on the right, but his eventual shot flew over the bar.

The Latics came forward again with another chance this time a free kick which was heading towards the bottom left corner from Mohamed Maouche, Flinders met it and tipped it wide.

After dealing with the resulting corner some more good play from the away side saw them presented with another free kick on the edge of the box, it was Nepomuceno this time who stepped up and struck a shot well over the top.

The away side had created all the chances in the start of the second half.

Kevin Dawson was through for Cheltenham’s first chance of the second half, a Connor Thomas looping ball found Dawson through on goal, he emphatically volleyed at goalkeeper Iversen.

Luke Varney then came forward for Cheltenham, working the ball into a good position 20 yards out, and striking well, forcing a good save from Iversen.

Cheltenham were beginning to have the Lions share of possession, Chris Hussey working hard down the left-hand side to produce two crosses into the box in quick succession. The second of which was dangerously whipped in and headed clear by George Edmundson.

Callum Lang came close late on, striking a shot to Flinders left, but the Cheltenham number one saved it comfortably.

Substitute Ryan Broom was causing trouble down the right-hand side, he crossed in for Kevin Dawson who couldn’t get on the end of it.

Still Cheltenham pushed for a winner late on, a low driven Hussey corner was mishit by Luke Varney and eventually saved by Iversen.

The final moments were the most open of the whole match as both teams counter attacked each other in search of a winner.

A point each was a fair result in the end on a hot spring day in Gloucestershire.

ROBINS (352): Flinders; Boyle, Raglan, Tozer; Hussey, Long (Broom 77), Thomas, Dawson, Tillson (Maddox 63); Varney, Lloyd (Waters 55). Subs not used: Lovett, Forster, Clements, Bingham

OLDHAM (442): Iverson; Edmundson, Lacovitti, Clarke, Hamer; Missilou, Lang, Nepomuceno (Hunt 82), Maouche; Baxter (Sylla 46), Afolayan (Benteke 77). Subs not used: Coke, O’Grady, de la Paz, Sefil

ATTENDANCE: 4022 (544 from Oldham)

REFEREE: Ben Toner

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