Oldham have been pretty lucky with injuries this season and have only had a couple of players out for lengthy periods. When we have struggled with losing a defender there has always been cover available. Unfortunately, the injuries to Peter Clarke and George Edmundson and on loan ‘keeper Daniel Iversen will probably mean that the back line for the final game will look completely different than usual.
Obviously, Athletic hope to finish on a winning note with Callum Lang signing off in style after failing to find the net in the last five games. His fourteen goals this season have helped Latics stay within reach of the playoffs and of course steered them into the 4th round of the FA Cup.
Northampton’s main threat comes from 32-year-old Andy Williams who appears to have spent most of his career shuffling between West Country clubs Hereford, Bristol Rovers, Yeovil and Swindon before moving to Doncaster then Northampton.
A forward whose online profile describes him as weak at aerial duels, holding on to the ball, passing and very weak at finishing shouldn’t prove to be much of a handful against Athletic’s rejigged defence. But he is obviously in the side for a good reason and shouldn’t be ignored. He is obviously popular with the supporters and recently said about them “Deep into myself I play the game, without your love it always ends the same while life around me goes on everywhere, I’m playing Solitaire”
The Oldham back four will probably include Tom Hamer, Alex Iacovitti and Rob Hunt but could well include Jamie Stott who has returned from a loan spell with Stockport, having picked up two young player of the year awards following their success in the National League North. Also in the running has to be former youth team player Javid Swaby-Neavin who signed professional terms this week alongside midfielder Harry Robinson.
Also in the mix could be Jay Sheridan and Sonhy Sefil who has a contract till 2020 but hasn’t featured at all this season. Whilst all eyes might be on the players who will be performing for the last time for the club, it is the players who find themselves playing in the back line who might be the ones who influence the game the most.