United boss Wayne Oldaker was again lamenting his side’s performance after they fell to a goal in each half on Saturday.
Oldaker said: “It was a truly poor performance, yet despite that we created enough chances to have won the game.”
United, lying third from bottom in the ChromaSport Peterborough League Premier Division, were hoping to see a return to winning ways when they entertained a Peterborough ICA Sports side that are going well in the top half of the table.
With key players still missing from the defence, United again had to make adjustments to their back four.
United came close to taking the lead but were denied by the woodwork, before the defence was exposed mid-way through the first half when Peterborough manoeuvred the centre backs out of position and created a two on one situation, with the free player breaking to slot home the opener just before the half hour mark.
“The goal was a blow, especially as we had already hit the post,” said Oakham boss Oldaker.
The game followed a similar pattern after the break, with United still producing a stuttering performance and yet managing to create more chances that weren’t converted. In contrast, Sports did not waste their opportunities and found the target again around the hour mark to make it 2-0 and secure the points.
Oldaker said: “It was a generally scrappy performance from us. There were no real positives I could derive from the game, other than we were still able to create chances despite not playing well.
“Naturally it hasn’t helped that we’ve had some key players out through injury and haven’t been able to field the same back four two weeks running but it was disappointing that our work rate simply wasn’t there. There were too many players having an off game.”
Despite the team’s precarious league position, Oldaker is still confident they can turn it round.
He added: “We are working hard in training to put things right. Obviously with new players coming in it takes a little time for everything to fall into place.”
United face Coates Athletic at home on Saturday and will have new signing Robbie Pearce in the squad.
Oakham: Hicks; Clipston, Lambie, Lee, Dalby; Steele, Dance, Arkle, Smith, Easson; Nelson: Subs: Gregg (on for Smith), McDonald (on for Clipston), Oldaker, West