Oldham Athletic recorded a 1-3 win in their first pre-season friendly of the season against Ashton United.

Club captain Peter Clarke put Latics ahead in the opening five minutes of the game before two second half goals from a Trialist and Jose Baxter put Oldham three goals ahead.

Although, Ashton did pull a goal back before the end of the game from the penalty spot through a trialist.

It was the first test of pre-season for Frankie Bunn’s men and they got off to a perfect start.

But who were the Oldham Athletic trialists?

Giles Coke, centre-midfielder  – The midfielder began his career as a youth player at Queens Park Rangers. Coke was soon snapped up by Mansfield Town and signed his first professional contract in 2005. He signed for Northampton Town in 2007 on a two-year contract after rejecting a new contract from Mansfield Town.

Giles Coke signed for Sheffield Wednesday in July 2010. Coke went to make 27 appearance for the club and scoring four in his first season.

He left Sheffield Wednesday and Coke joined Ipswich Town on a two-year deal. After that, Coke joined Chesterfield on 1 February 2018 on a deal until the end of the season. His contract was not renewed by Chesterfield at the end of the 2017–18 season.

Andy Taylor, left-back – The defender began his career at Blackburn Rovers. Whilst at Blackburn, Taylor has had loan spells at Queens Park Rangers, Blackpool, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town and Tranmere Rovers. Tranmere decided to make his loan move permanent, signing him on a two and a half-year contract for an undisclosed fee in 2008.

Taylor was on the move again in 2009 as he signed for Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee. After being released by Sheffield United, Taylor signed for Walsall on non-contract terms. Having made twenty-two appearances for the club, Taylor signed a new 18-month contract at the club.

In 2016 he signed for Blackpool and in the two year period of playing for them made 38 appearances and scored twice.

Jonathan Benteke, winger/striker – The attacker was at the club on a short term deal last season but has expire. Last night he was listed as trialist, presumably to allow the new management team to see him in action and he scored the 2nd goal for Oldham in last night’s game. The 22-year-old started his career at Standard Liege, and has also had spells at fellow Belgian sides Zulte-Waregem and Vise.

It’s still unclear who the trialist wearing number 17 was last night.


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