AFC Oldham vs Stretford Paddock FC Review
The game on the weekend was very much built up as a mismatch as the hosts came into the game buried at the bottom of the table but managed to compete for a large majority of the game, much to the displeasure of the Stephen Howson on the coaching staff. Coming into this game wanting to right the wrongs of the defeat to high flying De La Salle Reds last weekend, Paddock wanted to ensure that there were absolutely no slip ups and eventually ran out as comfortable 5-2 winners.
Remarkably, all 7 goals came in the second half as it was level at the break at 0-0 but the goals started to come with regularity as the game became stretched. Kieran Molloy added to his season goal tally as being the first to react to the break of the ball in the box and tucking it away. Goals from Jones, Zhekov and a another brilliant brace from Josh Smith were enough to see off the hosts. AFC Oldham did however make a valiant effort within the game, registering a couple goals of their own with one of them coming from the penalty spot as Will Hobson was penalised for a mistimed challenge in the area after a goal mouth scramble.
The pick of the performers had to be Zhekov who has came in and been a revelation in the midfield area with his ball playing ability and his passing acumen as well as his eye for a goal, after carefully slotting in his second goal in as many games. However the highlight of the match was Josh Smith’s audacious chip from 35 yards out as he spots the keeper off his line, continuing his fine form in front of goal to start the season.