Woking's woe as Norwood strikes Latics winner

Reporter: Mark Rooney
Date published: 17 November 2023

Latics got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Woking courtesy of a 62nd minute goal from James Norwood as the Latics talisman scored his eighth of the season to seal victory.

There was a crowd of 3,057 at the Kingfield Stadium, swelled by nearly 500 visiting supporters who played their part in firing up Latics to their first win in four games.

And it was a worthy win with Oldham getting stronger as the game went on and the fact that they controlled the midfield for a large proportion of the match will be welcome news for all supporters and manager Micky Mellon.

Mellon made four changes to the side which drew with Eastleigh at Boundary Park last week.

In came Mike Fondop, Dan Ward, Nathan Sheron and Charlie Raglan, replacing Hope, Reid, Hobson and Hogan.

Their opponents Woking had had some difficult results lately and were managerless following the sacking of Darren Sarll earlier in the week.

The first 30 minutes was a pretty even affair but, as the game progressed and became more open, Latics grew stronger carving two good first half chances for Fondop and Norwood.

They continued this positive momentum in the second half and were rewarded just after the hour mark when the home side failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Devarn Green who had only just come on as substitute.

He fed Norwood in the six-yard box who finished with aplomb.

The lead was fully deserved and the most pleasing element was that Oldham continued to press forward to increase their lead rather than sit back and seek to hold on to a slender lead.

Dan Gardner’s strike rattled the crossbar shortly after the goal, and Norwood and Fondop again came close.

If it was not for the fine reflexes of Woking’s goalkeeper Alexis André, the scoreline could have been much wider in Latics' favour.

The result means that Latics are in 10th position in National League, four points shy of the play off places.

And they have a tough week ahead.

On Wednesday, they face a tough battle away at high-flyers Barnet, before hosting Ebbsfleet at Boundary Park on Saturday.

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