Why Wellens's first senior goal was so special

Tuesday 20 September 2022 09:38

Charlie Wellens's maiden senior strike was a special one - as the 89th-minute winner ensured Oldham Athletic legend John Sheridan received the perfect send-off.

The Manchester United loanee fired home to earn a 3-2 victory for the Latics against Eastleigh in their most recent National League fixture.

After joining the Latics just before the transfer deadline, the 19-year-old came up trumps when it mattered, with time running out in Saturday's home game.

The goal was the ideal way to mark the end of Sheridan's latest spell in charge of the club. The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, who was born in Stretford and scored the winner against United in the 1991 Rumbelows League Cup final, has stepped down from his fourth stint as manager.

So it proved to be an emotional occasion at Boundary Park with Sheridan deciding to call time on management because he wants to try other things and "to be happier". 

"I don't cry much but I nearly came to tears," he admitted. "The fans are unbelievable."

Wellens will aim to kick on under a new boss - with former Everton defender David Unsworth now taking over the reins.

The versatile young Red can play at full-back or in midfield and scored in our Premier League 2 opener against Arsenal this season before heading out for his first loan move.

Next up for Oldham is a trip to Bromley on Saturday afternoon.