Mental strength will be key says boss

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Mental strength will be vital for Oakham United to resurrect the kind of form the put them among the front-runners early in the season.

United’s form slipped away before Christmas, and Saturday’s trip to fifth-placed Peterborough ICA may be a good indicator of what Oakham will turn up during the second half of the campaign - the side that can challenge the Peterborough league’s best; or the one that throws away games through careless errors.

After two weeks of postponements, United’s joint boss Pat Johnson said: “Saturday could go one way of the other -it’s a question of mentality.

“Without a doubt we have the ability. It’s about being able to pick players every week.

“Although the attitude was a lot better in our last game, against Stilton, we need to try to turn the recent run around.

“A lot of the games that we lost were down to our own mistakes. We need to tighten up at the back and not give away so many penalties.”

Oakham are currently fourth but have played more games than many of the teams behind them.

Johnson added: “We all got a bit carried away with the great start that we had but we were taking points from the lower teams early on.

“From where we are now, I would be more than happy with the top six finish.”

Oakham United’s reserves are at home to Pinchbeck United’s Reserves on Saturday, while the Oakham club’s A team are back in cup action.

Dave Grieve’s team take on Leverington A in the PFA League Shield. Kick off at Catmose College is at 1.30pm in case extra time is required.