Rock-bottom Oxford hold Latics

Date published: 12 April 2024

Latics' largely disappointing season in the National League appears to be coming to a close with something of a whimper.

Travelling to rock-bottom, already-relegated Oxford City, Micky Mellon's stuttering side couldn't find a way through and drew 0-0.

The result leaves Latics' feint play-off hopes now hanging by a thread as they are four points shy of seventh-placed AFC Halifax Town, with just two matches left to play.

Latics went into the match winless in their previous eight games, but made a bright start at Marsh Lane as Hallam Hope stabbed an effort wide in the 12th minute and then saw another effort saved by goalkeeper Tom Watson.

The home side threatened just after the hour when a shot from captain Reece Fleet was pushed away by Latics keeper Matt Hudson, before Oldham forward James Norwood saw his curled effort hit the post.

Watson then tipped a powerful effort from Dan Gardner wide and a late free-kick from Oxford midfielder Josh Ashby was pushed over by Hudson to make sure the points were shared.

Boss Mellon said: "It's been a teeth grinder and a toe curler for a while now, and it's deflating."

Latics' final two games are away at Halifax - on a date still to be confirmed - before they bring the curtain down on their campaign on Saturday when they host Wealdstone.

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