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Tuesday, 9 January, 2001, 22:24 GMT
Oldham 2-3 Wigan
Oldham crashed out of the LDV Vans Trophy in the first round for the fourth time in a row to the dreaded golden goal as Wigan twice came from behind to clinch a 3-2 win.

Alan McLoughlin stepped up in the fifth minute of extra-time to slot home after Neil Roberts had scuffed his shot across the goal.

Wigan came into the game looking to end their Oldham hoodoo which had seen the home side win the last four encounters between the two sides, including the 2-1 victory on Boxing Day which ended Wigan's 18-match unbeaten run.

But it was flu-ravaged Oldham, with boss Andy Ritchie naming himself in a squad of the last 15 fit professionals, who swept into a first-half lead when Phil Salt capitalised on two defensive mistakes.

Wigan youngster Hugh Dickson, who was making his debut in a completely changed line-up to the one that beat Swansea on Saturday, gave the ball away on the edge of his box and Salt's shot was parried into his own net by loan signing Andy Marriott.

But Wigan struck back on the stroke of half-time when Scott McNiven missed Neil Redfearn's through-ball and Brian McLaughlin raced past the on-coming Gary Kelly in the Oldham goal to sweep the ball into the net for his first senior goal.

But Oldham regained the lead just seven minutes into the second half when Matthew Tipton was brought down in the penalty box by Paul Mitchell and the young striker stepped up to slot the penalty past Marriott.

Oldham were suddenly dominating, but everything changed after 69 minutes when Dickson made up for his earlier mistake by curling in a pin-point cross which McLoughlin headed home from 12 yards.

YTS trainee Ian Johnson, who didn't have a name on a Wigan shirt until this afternoon, almost settled matters in normal time but his cross-shot was tipped away by Kelly.

Oldham: Kelly, McNiven, Garnett, Hotte, Rickers, Salt, Boshell, David Eyres, Holt, Tipton, Sugden. Subs: Miskelly, Innes, Ritchie, Futcher.

Wigan: Marriott, Mitchell, Griffiths, Dickson, Padula, Morris, Redfearn, Nicholls, McLaughlin, McLoughlin, Roberts. Subs: Stillie, McMahon, Kay, Joel Johnson, Ian Johnson.

Referee: P Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)

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