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Town out of Lancs Cup

24 September 2013

Reserves: Town 0-3 Oldham

Fleetwood Town went out in the first round of the Lancashire Senior Cup to the team who also beat them last year. Town can consider themselves unfortunate to have lost 3-0 to Oldham as they had much of the play and created more chances than their visitors. 

Town selected seven players with first team experience plus squad member Richard Wright and three youth team players.

They had made a bright start before Oldham took a 20 minute lead.  A hesitant back pass from Mark Roberts put keeper Dave Lucas under pressure and Kirk Millar pounced.

The Latics second came from a 41st minute free kick on the right. Jonson Clarke Harris struck the ball hard and low, defender Dominic Barrett deflecting past Lucas for an own goal.

Town started the second half brightly. Mark Roberts headed against the post while Matty Blair was a lively influence down the right, feeding Parkin who stooped to head firmly at  former Blackpool keeper Paul Rachubka.

Parkin beat Rachubka in the air but his header looped over. Soon after, in the 75th minute, Blair's header was acrobatically tipped over the bar.

Town maintained pressure, left back  Lanre Olapade firing a left foot shot straight at Rachubka. Against the run of play Oldham scored a third. Chris Sunderland slid the ball past Lucas from Kyle Hardman's cross from the right.

The younger players acquitted themselves well while performances from more experienced players underlined the quality across the squad.

Team  Lucas, Hogan, Roberts (capt), Barrett, Olapade, Murdoch,  Crowther,  Wright (Wainwright 75), Willoughby (Lazenbury 56),  Blair,  Parkin

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