FOOTBALL: Oakham maintain hot goalscoring form

OAKHAM United joint bosses Pat Johnson and Andy Saddington have always said that the key to success is fielding the same eleven players each week - and so it has proved in their high-scoring opening games.

The pair were unable to pick the same starting XI for back-to-back matches during the entire 2011-12 season but the team has remained unchanged for the first two games of this season which Oakham won in grand style, scoring nine goals in the process.

United followed up their 5-1 demolition of Coates on the opening day with a 4-1 battering of Ramsey Town on Saturday and Johnson said: “They seem to be working as a team better.

“This was the first time since Oakham United formed that the same team has played two weeks running.”

United formed through the merger of Oakham Imps and Rutland Rangers football clubs in 2011, and last season the squad took a while to gel. In contrast only one new player joined this summer - former Kettering U21 Robbie Dance - and Oakham have a 100 percent record.

United were 3-1 up against Ramsey by half-time on Saturday and Johnson said: “We were creating so many chances that it could have been five or six.

“We have seven home games in our first nine matches so hopefully we can take advantage. It’s always good to get early points.”

Tom Bain opened the scoring against Ramsey, finishing off a one-two with Stu Lambie after quarter of an hour. James Twose chipped in Oakham’s second from an acute angle, and Nathan Arkle followed up his hat-trick against Coates with a 25 yard pile-driver into the top corner for the third.

Ramsey pulled one back from the penalty spot, awarded for handball, on the stroke of half-time.

Twose and Arkle combined in the second for Oakham’s fourth which Arkle neatly tapped in for his fifth of the season

Tomorrow Oakham are due to play Deeping Rangers Reserves- beaten 6-4 by Uppingham last Wednesday - but Johnson was careful not to build up expectations of another goalfest.

“With Deeping, you never know what side they will have. They can be a very good side,” he said.

Oakham: Shane Hicks, Craig Welbourne, Jamie Forbes, Tom Bain, James Farr (Craig Ward), Eddie McDonald (Ben Dickinson), Robbie Dance, Stu Lambie, Tony Maher (Ben Cox), James Twose, Nathan Arkle.

Tomororw’s match at Deeping kicks off at 7.30pm.