League Two side Oldham Athletic avoided an embarrassing FA Cup upset in dramatic fashion, with two very late goals at Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Frankie Bunn’s starting eleven consisted of Iversen, Hunt, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Taylor, Dummigan, Gardner, Lyden, Lang, Baxter, Miller.
Early on, Jose Baxter played Cameron Dummigan through on goal, but a fine save from goalkeeper Tom Lovelock denied him.
A frustrating evening for the Latics , got even worse when referee Tom Nield controversially penalised Callum Lang for a challenge on Tyrell Miller-Rodney.
Chris Dickson stepped up and beat Daniel Iversen in the Latics goal, much to the annoyance of the Latics players and staff and supporters (1-0).
Latics felt hard done by as they should have had a penalty of their own five minutes later as Andy Taylor’s corner found Jose Baxter in the box who seemed to be tripped by a Hampton & Richmond defender, but nothing was given.
Club Captain Peter Clarke headed a great chance wide before Clarke had another effort cleared off the line moments later.
It would have been harsh on Oldham not to get at least something from the game, they had 24 shots during the game and 63% possession.
Very late on in the game, Latics pulled level as Dan Gardner broke down the left from a Hampton & Richmond Borough corner, before pulling it back to Hunt who slotted it into the net past Lovelock (1-1).
In the 95th minutes, goalscorer Rob Hunt hit a long ball up to late substitute Chris O’Grady who flicked it onto Callum Lang, before the youngster, playing in the FA Cup for the 1st time, turned his man brilliantly before blasting home.
Oldham Athletic secured a 23rd victory in their past 24 FA Cup first-round ties against non-league opponents.
Full Time – Hampton & Richmond Borough 1-2 Oldham Athletic
Here is how Oldham Athletic fans reacted to dramatic win in the FA Cup against Hampton & Richmond Borough –
Performance wasn’t that bad but feared the worst at half time! Got there in the end and into the 2nd round…and breathe… #oafc
— Danny Taylor (@dan_taylor12) November 12, 2018
— Paul Taylor (@ptoafc83) November 12, 2018
Deserved that. Should have been out of sight by half time the amount of chances we had. Hopefully Baxters injury isnt too bad but decent opportunity to get to round 3 and a decent payday! #oafc #HRBFC #FACup
— Luke Hagan (@LukeHOAFC) November 12, 2018
Oldham takin the piss there. Never in doubt #oafc
— JamesBowker (@JamesBowker98) November 12, 2018
— Luke (@luke5798) November 12, 2018
Make hard work of football don't we, but well done lads, love FA Cup #oafc
— Curtis Dockray (@Curtis_dockray) November 12, 2018