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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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