Jack Diamond and Luke Armstrong on target as Harrogate edge struggling Oldham



Posted Sunday, October 03, 2021 by PA

Jack Diamond and Luke Armstrong on target as Harrogate edge struggling Oldham

A goal in each half handed high-flying Harrogate a first win in five League Two matches as they edged a narrow 2-1 victory at struggling Oldham.

The lowly hosts are still without a home victory in the league this term and were hoping to build on last weekend’s win at neighbours Rochdale, but they sit second-bottom – only on goal difference from bottom side Scunthorpe.

Latics went close early on when Jack Stobbs volleyed the ball against the crossbar from close range following a great cross from Dylan Bahamboula.

Harrogate struck in the 29th minute when Alex Pattison pulled a low cross back for Sunderland loanee Jack Diamond to comfortably slot home from six yards.

Just before the interval, Oldham defender Harrison McGahey saw a volley hacked off the line by Connor Hall as they looked for an equaliser.

In the 50th minute, Stobbs hit the woodwork again, though this was a cross that came back off the near post.

Pattison fluffed a good opportunity at the other end, before Luke Armstrong’s curler was superbly saved by Jayson Leutwiler.

Luke Armstrong – just hours after his father Alun (Darlington manager) had undergone major surgery – made no mistake in the 66th minute as he clinically converted substitute Lloyd Kerry’s through-ball to double Harrogate’s score.

Teenage substitute Harry Vaughan halved Oldham’s deficit seconds after coming on following a smart one-two with Callum Whelan, but Harrogate hung on for maximum points to sit second in the table.

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