Oakham United 1 - 0 Uppingham Town
AFTER banging in 15 goals in each of their four games ahead of Tuesday’s derby, Oakham United and Uppingham Town managed just one
between them when the sides met at Catmose College.
Nathan Arkle’s 37th minute strike, running on to Tony Maher’s pass before sliding the ball low past Tom Hubbard, secured Oakham their fourth win in five and condemned their Rutland rivals to their first defeat of the season.
A crowd of a more than 100 watched Oakham enjoy greater possession during the 90 minutes and the hosts should have added to their tally before the visitors upped the pressure in search of a late equaliser.
Shane Hicks pulled off two vital saves, clawing away a Callum O’Berg header for a corner and tipping over a fierce drive from Dave Laughton as the final whistle approached.
An equaliser would have been harsh on Oakham, who created more chances but were wasteful in the opposition’s penalty area.
James Twose hit the side netting in the first half, and Hubbard pulled off a good save from Stu Lambie before United broke the deadlock.
Oakham had more chances after the break and Robbie Dance should have made it two but pushed the ball a too far wide as he rounded
Hubbard in the Uppingham goal.
Soon afterwards Oakham worked a clever free kick, 25 yards from Uppingham’s goal, in a central position good for left or right-footers. Lambie shaped to shoot but instead chipped the ball into the box where Jamie Forbes, who was solid throughout at the heart of Oakham’s defence, headed into the side netting.
Twose was then foiled by Hubbard, when the Oakham striker was through with just the goalkeeper to beat.
There was a growing danger that Oakham may pay for missed chances and a free kick, swung in from deep by O’Berg, that was more a cross than shot, could easily have drifted in at Oakham’s far post as players from both sides failed to make any contact.
Afterwards Uppingham boss Richard Kendrick said: “They deserved to win. They were better in the first half and turned us over. It was a very good derby.”
Oakham’s Pat Johnson added: “We played very well in the first half; and had three or four good chances. You are never sure with a one goal lead and for the last ten minutes they were pressing us hard.”
The results lifts Oakham to fourth in the Peterborough and District Premier League, three points behind early leaders Netherton United, who have played a game more. Uppingham, with ten points from five games are sixth.
Uppingham travel to play Coates Athletic on Saturday while Oakham host third-bottom Riverside Rovers in their fifth home tie of the season.
Oakham: Shane Hicks, Craig Welbourne, Jamie Forbes, Tom Bain, Ben Cox, Tony Maher (Craig Ward), Eddie McDonald, Robbie Dance, Stu Lambie, Nathan Arkle (Jamie Saddington), James Twose: Sub unused: Jamie Farr.
Uppingham: Tom Hubbard, Jake Norton, Callum O’Berg, Rob Lawrie, Steve Wallhead, Martin Bennett, Rob Forster, Omar Elkashoty (Jamie Salt), Dave Laughton, Jamie Binley (Harry Gregg), Will Thomas.
Results elsewhere on Tuesday: Netherton Utd 3 - 2 Whittlesey Utd; Parson Drove 2 - 2 Leverington Sports; Pinchbeck Utd 0 - 2 Moulton Harrox; Ramsey Tn 3 - 0 Deeping Rangers Res; Riverside Rvr 0 - 1 Kings Cliffe Utd; Stilton United Football Club 1 - 5 Peterborough Sport Parkway.
Wednesday fixtures: Crowland Town v Whittlesey Blue Star; Peterborough ICA Sports v Coates Athletic