Scunthorpe United 1-1 Latics – News
Keith Curle was denied his first three points as Latics head coach after substitute Jordan Hallam equalized in the last minute to cancel Alfie McCalmont’s strike.
Curle made two changes for the visit to Sands Venue Stadium with Kyle Jameson returning from suspension alongside Callum Whelan making his way into the starting XI, meaning Raphael Diarra and Brice Ntambwe were named to the bench.
Laurie Walker, making her second appearance on her emergency loan, was called into action in just the third minute as Devarn Green unleashed a weak effort on the target, but the shooter came down to deny it ‘former Southport man.
And, soon after, lender MK Dons produced another smart save, but this time to stop Alex Gilliead from giving the hosts the lead.
Dylan Fage almost put his side forward in an incredible way after the Latics’ neat one-touch football found itself at the Frenchman’s feet before he buckled an ambitious effort from around 30 yards.
The iron continued to test Walker as Lewis Spence cleverly pulverized a pass through the field to left-back Junior Brown, but the goalkeeper matched his long-range strike.
Keith Curle nearly saw his side take the lead just before the break as Marcel Hilssner’s deep shot from a free kick to the left wing found Jameson’s header and the powerful defender scurried towards goal, but the goalkeeper managed to keep him away.
Moments after the start of the second half, Latics took the lead thanks to McCalmont in scoring his sixth goal for the club.
The goal came when Adams threw a corner into the box and, after a scramble, the ball was cleared but only to the Leeds United player at the edge of the box. He managed to gently kick the ball with his side foot, breaking through a sea of bodies before beating the goalkeeper.
Once again Neil Cox’s team tested the Latics goalie with their captain Jordan Clarke striking fiercely from around 40 yards and Walker, at first, missed the attempt but managed to recover and to retrieve the ball.
Following this, Kevin van Veen received the ball at the edge of the box before dribbling past Carl Piergianni to the right side of the box, but his low effort was well saved by the Oldham keeper.
Scunthorpe’s pressure continued to cause problems for Latics as the ball landed at Green’s feet at the edge of the box, back to goal, he managed to quickly turn around and shoot, but saw his cannon effort out. of the crossbar.
In the last minute Ryan Loft made a weak effort on goal from a distance, the ball swerving massively, however, Walker judged him well and parried.
The hosts ended up level in the 92sd minute as a deep cross from the left found Hallam unmarked at the far post and the substitute managed to keep his cool to squeeze past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Scunthorpe United XI: Howard (GK), Clarke ©, Bedeau, Gilliead, Loft, van Veen (McAtee 71 ‘), Brown, Green, Spence (Hallam 79’), Karacan (Beestin 40 ‘), Rowe (Howe 79’).
Subtitles: Watson (GK), Hippolyte, O’Malley.
Goal: Hallam 92 ‘
Oldham Athletic XI: Walker (GK), Adams, Fage, Jameson, Piergianni ©, Badan, Whelan (Diarra 80 ‘), McCalmont (Ntambwe 80’), McAleny, Keillor-Dunn, Hilssner (Grant 70 ‘).
Subs: Bilboe (GK), Ntambwe, Tasdemir, Bahamboula, Da Silva.
Goal: McCalmont 49 ‘
Referee: Sam Allison