Latics book place in FA Cup third round
Monday 3rd December 2018 @ 09:59 by Mark Phillip

FA Cup second round

Maidstone United 0-2 Oldham Athletic


Oldham Athletic have secured their place in the FA Cup third round for the first time in five years after beating National League side Maidstone United 2-0 on Saturday.

Captain Peter Clarke put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute before the vastly experienced Chris Grady put the game to bed in the 84th minute with a wonderful solo effort.

As well as picking up £54,000 in prize money, Oldham are in the hat for the third round and could potentially draw a lucrative tie against a Premier League giant such as Manchester United or Manchester City.

With 32 places separating the sides ahead of the game, the odds were always stacked in Oldham’s favour and so it proved in the opening exchanges. Latics, who entered the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with League Two leaders Lincoln City, took the lead in the 17th minute when Clarke prodded home a set-piece routine.

Latics, who were backed by 426 travelling supporters in London, dominated the rest of the first half and should have put the game to bed. However, Sam Surridge headed narrowly over before the striker forced Grant Smith into a great save.

Oldham’s profligacy almost came back to haunt them in the dying minutes of the first half. However, Elliott Romain was denied by Daniel Iverson when 12 yards out, and Jack Powell’s free-kick was deflected just wide in stoppage time.

The visitors began the second-half the much better side and should have doubled their lead through Surridge. But the striker was denied once again when his headed effort was cleared off the line.

Despite being a passenger for much of the game, Iverson kept Oldham ahead with a great save to deny Romain.

And the goalkeeper’s efforts were rewarded in the 84th minute when Latics scored a second. After turning Will de Havilland inside the box, O’Grady converted from a tight angle to seal a victory for Bunn’s outfit.