Oldham Athletic 1 Scunthorpe 1

Last updated : 06 May 2006 By The Chairman
The Latics let the lead slip once again in another second half collapse. In truth, this was a typical end of season run of the mill game which meant nothing to either team. Scunthorpe deserved something out of the game and a draw was probably a fair result. David Eyres could have gone out in a blaze of glory in what was probably his last game for the club, by scoring the match winner but a late equaliser took the glory away from him.

Luke Beckett was hoping to be the first Boundary Park player to reach 20 league goals in a season since 1978 but he failed to find the net. Steve Taylor will retain that honour which he acquired when the Latics were back in the old Division Two. Before the game Beckett said, “My personal situation won't distract me this weekend because it's totally out of my hands. I've said I would like to stay with Oldham next season, so now it's down to the manager's decision. A fee was agreed last year (£85,000) to make my loan permanent, and I know it would be a lot of money for the club to spend. If they want to buy me, I'll be pleased. It's over 12 months since I first came on loan and I've enjoyed being part of Oldham Athletic. I'm sure there will be a final decision next week, and there will be no hard feelings if the manager decides he doesn't want to keep me. It would be a case of shaking hands with everybody at the club, wishing them well and then seeing what was available to me elsewhere."

"At the moment, though, I can only concentrate on my football and trying to make sure we end the season on a high. It's a massive anti-climax that we can't reach the play-offs any more, and I blame myself for some of our bad results, but we aren't far off being a team who can really go for it next season. This has been my worst ever year for missing chances, which is something I can't explain, and I should be chasing my 30th goal this weekend, never mind my 20th. I've been disappointed with my finishing, but it would be nice to end the season with a couple of goals and a win for the team.”