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17:09 12th February 2011


A feisty 'War of the Roses' clash ended in a goalless stalemate, which meant that Town continued their unbeaten start in the League to 2011.

Neither side claimed bragging rights this Saturday afternoon in a very even encounter. Anthony Pilkington went closest for the Terriers before Peter Clarke showed excellent reactions to clear a Reuben Reid effort of the line.

The game started in a scrappy fashion with Oldham receiving the first free kick of the game in the second minute as a result of a foul on Filipe Morais by Gary Naysmith. The on loan Leeds winger Aidan White took the free kick and found Reuben Hazell at the back stick who sent his header well wide of Ian Bennett's goal - who was making his 500th career appearance.

Oldham started the better of the sides and had their second effort on goal in the 8th minute this time forcing Bennett into his first save of the game. A neat slide rule pass from Morais released Oumare Tounkara down the side of Town's penalty, where he immediately struck an effort forcing Town's 'keeper into a neat diving save.

Town's best move of the game to date came in the 13th minute courtesy of some neat play between Lee Peltier and Scott Arfield. The latter broke from midfielder and played a cross field pass out to Gary Roberts who took the ball in his stride and with his weaker foot struck a timid shot into the hands of Ben Amos.

Brilliant work from Anthony Pilkington and Peltier in the 22nd minute had Oldham scrambling at the back to clear the danger. A long, raking pass from Peltier played Pilkington in behind Cedric Evina; the winger then showed excellent timing to hit a fine ball across the front of Amos's box who had Hazell to thank for clearing the danger before Alan Lee had time to get a shot away.

A foul on 'Pilks' in the 27th minute allowed Town the chance to get Jamie McCombe and Peter Clarke forward from the back and pressurise the Oldham defence. The recipient of the foul - Pilkington - took the free-kick and found McCombe at the back stick who saw his header go high over Amos's cross-bar.

BOOKING - After a series of fouls on Alan Lee, Reuben Hazell eventually found his way into Mr Woolmer's book for a heavy foul on Town's number 19 in the 32nd minute.

Town forced Amos into an excellent save minutes later from a rasping Pilkington free-kick. Oldham's Tounkara was penalised for fouling Peltier 25 yards out which allowed Pilks to step up and hit a trademark strike which was saved at full length by the Latics stopper.

BOOKING - Scott Arfield was next to go into the referees book for a foul on Chris Taylor in the 40th minute.

Town's big centre back, McCombe, was back in the action again in the 43rd minute heading over from a well directed Gary Roberts free-kick.


In the first minute of the half a mix it up in the Oldham backline between Amos and Hazell offered a glorious opportunity to the poaching Lee. A lack of communication meant that Hazell headed the ball past an on rushing Amos leaving the 'keeper stranded, luckily for the pair, Hazell managed to put in a last ditch saving to tackle to block Lee's effort.

The Latics immediately hit back and produced two excellent chances both which were excellent cleared off the line by Town. Firstly, Aidan White snuck in unmarked at the back stick to meet a Morais cross on the half volley, which was excellently parried by Bennett. Then, moments later, a good piece of trickery by White found Reid unmarked whose effort was expertly cleared off the line by Town's talismanic skipper Peter Clarke.

BOOKING - Chris Taylor received the third caution of the half in the 53rd minute for showing dissent towards Mr Woolmer.

Town produced their first effort of the half in the 54th minute when a neat knock down by McCombe found the unmarked Arfield 20 yards out, who fired high over the Latic's goal.

SUB - Lee Clark made the first change of the game in the 55th minute when Alan Lee was replaced by Danny Cadamarteri.

BOOKING - Jamie McCombe managed to find his way into the referee's book in the 60th minute for what looked like an act of dissent.

In the 64th minute Pilks almost caught out Amos at his near post with an in swinging cross from the left. The winger cut in on to his right foot and curled an effort which struck the right hand post of Amos's goal and bounced away to safety.

Another half chance fell Town's way in the 70th minute, however, Roberts was unable to control his volley from 12 yards which flew high into the Pink Link Stand.

BOOKING - Cedric Evina was the third Latic to receive a caution in the 73rd minute following hefty challenge on Pilkington.

SUB - Paul Dickov made his first change of the afternoon in the 76th minute replacing the injured Taylor with Ritchie Jones.

BOOKING - Reuben Reid was booked for a cynical foul on Jack Hunt in the 79th minute - the resulting free-kick came to nothing for Town.

Town had a scare at the back in the 80th minute when good play for Morais had the beating of Hunt, however, Peter Clarke covered superbly to deny the winger a chance to find a fellow Latic.

SUB - Oldham made their second change of the game in the 82nd minute when Reuben Reid left the field to be replaced by Warren Feeney.

An excellent piece of individual play by Danny Cadamarteri produced a brilliant defensive header from the former Town centre back Neal Trotman. 'Cads' delivery from the right looked destined to be headed in by the waiting Pilkington before Trotman stole in to head away the danger.

BOOKING - Town's Anthony Pilkington received the seventh booking of the game for what the referee deemed was a foul on Morais in the 84th minute.

SUB - Lee Clark made his second change of the game in the 87th minute bringing on birthday boy Benik Afobe for Gary Roberts.

McCombe was once again making a nuisance of himself in the 89th minute, but sadly for Town, his header from a Pilkington corner went wide of Ben Amos's goal.


Town's team (4-3-3):

Ian Bennett; Gary Naysmith, Peter Clarke (c), Jamie McCombe, Jack Hunt; Lee Peltier, Kevin Kilbane, Scott Arfield; Gary Roberts (Benik Afobe 87), Alan Lee (Danny Cadamarteri 55), Anthony Pilkington.

Unused subs: Nick Colgan, Chris Atkinson, Aidan Chippendale, Lee Novak, Anthony Kay,


Town: Arfield (40), McCombe (60), Pilkinton (84)

Oldham: Hazell (32), Taylor (53), Evina (73), Reid (79)

Gate: 16176

Away: 1946

    Data provided by Press Association


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