Latics drop points as Mariners steal late draw

Written by Gary Skinner @GaryS1906

Oldham Athletic failed to a hold onto a 2 goal lead at home to Grimsby Town on Saturday, conceding two goals in the last 10 minutes. The Latics made one change from the side that gained a hard fought draw at Plymouth with Desire Segbe Azankpo replacing Scott Wilson as the lone striker. The experienced Filipe Morais was back at Boundary Park for the first time since moving from League 2 rivals Crawley Town.

It was Grimsby who had the first chance after 5 minutes with big centre forward James Hanson putting a right foot volley over the bar from eight yards when he should have done better. At the other end Christopher Missilou tried a overhead kick which had the Grimsby goalkeeper scrambling across his line but the ball went just wide of the post.

Latics took the lead on 19 minutes. A corner from Maouche appeared to be mis-hit but was helped on by Hamer, it fell to Missilou who was able to swivel and hit a firm shot into the bottom corner. Morais and Fage combined well to present Maouche with a half chance but he was unable to get his shot on target. Latics had enjoyed the best of the first half but had only got the one goal to show for it.

A second goal was needed to settle the nerves of the home supporters and Wheater almost supplied it when he put a powerful header inches over the bar. Branger-Engone smashed a volley high over the Grimsby goal when a little more composure was needed.

Grimsby made their first change after 64 minutes with Jordan Cook replacing Liam Gibson, and Cook was close to scoring within seconds of coming on with his first touch. His direct free kick dipping just too late and clearing the Latics crossbar. 

Oldham doubled their lead on 66 minutes when after good play down the right, Azankpo put in a great cross that was met by the onrushing Morais who put a fine header past McKeown in the Grimsby goal. Latics were looking like running out worthy winners at this stage, Grimsby only managing the odd half chance but without really looking like scoring.
That all changed though in the 81st minute when a cross by Ogbu was completely missed by Hanson but ran to Cook who fired home from ten yards out. 

The home supporters were becoming nervous – as was the Oldham defence and it came as no great surprise when Grimsby grabbed an equaliser in the 90th minute. A free kick launched into the area from close to the halfway line should have been dealt with but somehow Ohman was allowed to rise and head home from six yards out.

Grimsby had snatched an unlikely looking draw and this was very much a case of two points dropped by Latics. The defence will be disappointed to concede two late goals and this is something that could prove costly as the season progresses unless they can become meaner as a unit.

Images courtesy of Grimsby Telegraph

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