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An exciting new era begins for the Latics as they make the long journey south to face Torquay United in their opening game of the National League.

Newfound positivity surrounds Curtain Razor following the long-awaited acquisition of the club, which was completed in late July.

John Sheridan hopes his mostly newly assembled team will be able to move forward and launch a successful promotional push to secure an immediate return to the Football League.

preseason

After more than six preseason kickabouts, Sheridan hopes the Latics are primed for a new campaign.

The Latics have faced many different teams at different levels in their first National League season.

A goalless draw at Bamberbridge was followed by a home defeat to Skybet Championship side Wigan Athletic.

They also went on to win 2–1 in defeats to National League north side Bradford Park Avenue and League Two outfits Mansfield Town before picking up their only pre-season win at Radcliffe.

Pre-season action ended last Saturday at AFC Fylde, where the Latics lost 2-1.

The hosts also had six games to start over for the new season.

Wins over Buckland Athletic, Exmouth Town, Exeter City and Truro, a draw with Newport County and a heavy loss to Plymouth Argyle.

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opposition party

The Latics know their National League bow is no walk in the park, as they come across an established team at this level.

United finished 11th last seasonth Although eight points away from the final play-off spot in the table, the 2020/21 campaign has come as far as securing a return to the Football League.

finish 2nd Just four points away from the lone automatic promotion spot, they lost the play-off final in the cruelest of circumstances, losing to Hartlepool United on penalties.

Gull has many new signatures to increase your chances of a new campaign.

face to face

Meetings: 19

Latics Wins: 7

Torquay United wins: 11

Draws: 11

It was the first time the two clubs had met since April 2005, and the last time Oldham beat a southern club has to go back to 1991.

The last time they met, David Ayers’ first-half strike gave Oldham the lead at Boundary Park, but this was canceled out by Matt Hockley at 41.st Adebayo Akinfenwa scored early in the second half to give the away side a point.

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Be careful

Kieron Evans has joined Torquay United for the 2022/23 season following a loan deal from parent club Cardiff City.

The 20-year-old is known to be a very promising youngster for the Bluebirds. That was proven last season when he made six appearances in the club’s first team.

This is not his first outing on loan. He spent the final part of the previous season at Linfield FC, helping the Champions secure his league football.

He apparently hopes to end his spell on Plainmoor on a similar streak of success.

in the dugout

Gary Johnson is the host dugout guy.

The 66-year-old Johnson has been at Plainmoor since September 2018 and has made a big impact since the off-season, leading the team to the National League South title and securing promotion to the National League in the process. .

His great work was rewarded with a new contract in July 2019.

He has spent most of his managerial career in the Football League, with clubs such as Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Peterborough United.

Latics fans will be familiar with Gary’s son Lee, who began his coaching career at Boundary Park in 2013.

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set foot in both camps

There are some past players who have represented both Latics and Torquay to some degree.

First, former Oldham boss Keith Karl played and spent a short stint as Gulls manager.

As a player, Karl spent four months as a United player, scoring five goals in 16 games, before returning to his hometown and joining Bristol City.

He also managed them in 2007, but was unable to prevent relegation and did not renew his contract afterward.

Another name both supporters recognize is Rodney Jack.

The Caribbean-born striker’s first venture into English football was in Torquay. He impressed so much while on the South Coast that Kevin Keegan attempted to bring him to Newcastle to join him and his team of entertainers, but unfortunately for the forward, The contract fell through due to problems with his work permit.

His time with the Latics was less successful as he struggled with injuries.

odds

The hosts were favorites for the season opener Sky Bet, currently set for 13/10.

The Latics have a more generous price of 9/5, but the tie is backed by a 9/4.

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match official

The man in the middle is Lee Collins.

Sean Rothwell and Carl Peters will assist him, with Philip Eddy serving as the fourth umpire.

how to follow games

Live audio commentary is available on the Latics Player to guide you through the match.

Click here to visit the Latics Player page for more information.

Alternatively, supporters can follow live updates on the club’s official Twitter account (@OfficialOAFC).

Preview by Dan Wright

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