FA Cup heroics continue for Old Patesian Smith
FORMER Pate's Grammar School pupil Matt Smith's FA Cup fairytale continued on Saturday as the giant Oldham Athletic striker headed a last-gasp equaliser against Everton.
Smith was the Latics' star performer in their shock fourth round success against Liverpool, scoring twice in a famous upset at Boundary Park.
He picked up a shoulder injury during that match which sidelined him until the last 16 clash against Everton
The 6ft 6ins target man went on as a substitute, replacing ex-Robins loan striker Chris Iwelumo in the 61st minute and he nodded in an injury time goal to earn Oldham a 2-2 draw and a replay at Goodison Park.
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David Moyes' Everton knocked Cheltenham out 5-1 at Whaddon Road in the third round.
They fell behind at League One Oldham, with Jordan Obita tapping in Lee Croft's cross in the 13th minute.
Victor Anichebe pulled Premier League Everton level and Phil Jagielka then converted Kevin Mirallas' corner for 2-1 before Smith's dramatic intervention.
He was a young player with the Robins, but he was released and went on to study at the University of Manchester, combining his studies with part-time football, enjoying spells at Redditch United and Solihill Moors.
His form in Blue Square Bet North earned him the attention of then Oldham boss Paul Dickov who handed him a professional contract in May last year.
Smith scored four goals for Oldham last term, adding a further goal in an eight-game loan stint with Macclesfield Town.
But he has found first team opportunities easier to come by this term and his Everton goal was his fourth in his last four games and seventh in all competitions.