Oldham Athletic’s unbeaten run has been extended to four game after they came from behind to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Swindon Town.
However the draw all but puts pay to their chances of sneaking into the playoff places in League Two as the gap between themselves and Exeter City in seventh extending to seven points with only five games left.
All seemed to be going to plan for Pete Wild’s men after seven minutes as they took the lead, Mohamed Maouche’s cross was nodded goalward by Peter Clarke only for Swindon’s keeper, Luke McCormick to turn it into the path of George Edmundson with the defending making no mistake.
Swindon responded by testing the woodwork, Kyle Bennett’s header clipping the post as it went wide.
However Latics couldn’t hold onto their lead into halftime, just two minutes into stoppage time the visitors, managed by former Oldham boss Richie Wellens, were awarded a controversial penalty with Edmundson being adjudged to have hauled Theo Robinson down in the area.
Michael Doherty made no mistake in slotting home the resulting spot kick.
After halftime it was the visitors who got their noses in front first, Bennett managing to get his shot the right side of the post this time, smashing it past Daniel Iversen.
The lead didn’t last long though as Johan Branger rescued a point for Oldham, firing home with a smart left-foot volley.
Both sides had chances to win it, Callum Lang going closest for Latics, but neither team could force it home, with both having to settle for a point.
It leaves Oldham 13th in the League Two table, seven points off a playoff place with five games left to play.
Next up for Latics is a Good Friday trip to Cheltenham Town.