Clinical Oldham Inflict Fourth Straight Defeat on Grimsby

Oldham Athletic have moved back up to 6th in the league after a classy second half display at Blundell Park to see off Grimsby.

It was a defeat for the Mariners which will put further pressure on manager, Michael Jolley as they slide towards the relegation zone of League Two.

The match started poorly with Oldham giving Grimsby freedom of the ball as such but the side not doing anything with it.

Mitch Rose brother of Tottenham star Danny put the pressure on with Danny Collins as a result trying his hand at the returning Daniel Iversen in goal.

They continued to work the ball towards the defence giving Latics limited time on the ball. Elliot Embleton, England Under 20’s International going close as well before half time.

Oldham did get one or two shots with Callum Lang unable to guide his header on target with the goal seemingly gaping.

Latics came back in the second half a completely different side with Sam Surridge the undoubted star of proceedings.

He was denied multiple times by James McKeown both in the first and second half but ran into the penalty area after being released by Chris O’Grady before smashing it past the Grimsby stopper.

It didn’t stop there though with O’Grady and Surridge once again combining for the second. It wasn’t as easy as the first with McKeown parrying his effort before the Bournemouth loanee could tap in the rebound.

Grimsby tried to bring themselves back into proceedings straight away bringing on JJ Hooper and former Oldham loanee Ben Pringle but despite Hooper getting a few shots on goal he couldn’t beat the brilliant Iversen.

The final goal came in the 90th minute with Ishmael Miller and Dan Gardner combining to send it to an unmarked Jose Baxter who headed it in to put the cherry on top and the three points in a clinical performance.

This goal sent the 832 travelling Oldham fans into raptures who were in good voice all game with choruses of Jose Baxter Baby running around an otherwise empty Blundell Park at full time.

After being tipped to finish down the bottom, Oldham have put themselves seriously in the reckoning with Sam Surridge earmarked as a potential star in the clubs promotion push. He alongside experienced players such as Dan Gardner, Peter Clarke and Jose Baxter could hold the key.

Attendance: 4746 (832 Away)

Grimsby Town:

McKeown, Famewo (Pringle 76’), Collins, Davis, Hendrie, Woolford, Rose, Hessenthaler, Embleton (Hooper 68’), Cook (Vernam 25’), Thomas

Oldham Athletic:

Iversen, Hunt, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Taylor, Branger-Engone, Gardner, Missilou, Lang (Nepomuceno 61’), O’Grady (Baxter 78’), Surridge (Miller 83’)

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