Peterborough Sports are quickly becoming Oakham United’s bogey side and the Rutlanders endured another day to forget against them on Saturday.
The Rutlanders fared better than last season when the city side reached double figures but Oakham were still second best despite reducing a three goal deficit to 3-2 early in the second half.
Nathan Arkle pulled one back for Oakham in the first half, scoring at the near post at a corner. James Twose, who had replaced Eddie McDonald at half-time, then scored Oakham’s second, converting Arkle’s through ball at the second attempt.
Twose then added Oakham’s third late on, chipping the Sports goalkeeper from the edge of the penalty area, but by that time Oakham had crumbled.
“They could have had a few more,” said Oakham’s joint boss Pat Johnson. “It was bad all round.
“Even in the dressing room the attitude of our players seemed wrong. I think we were beaten before we had started.
“We missed Jamie Forbes but one player should not make a team.”
Oakham, who face Crowland away at the weekend, remain fourth in the Peterborough and District League’s top flight, while Peterborough went top following Saturday’s result.
Johnson added: “Shane did well to keep the score down.
“Last weekend has to be forgotten and we move on to Crowland.”
Oakham: Shane Hicks; Pat Donlan, Tom Bain, Ben Cox, Craig Welbourn, Robbie Dance, Eddie McDonald (James Twose), Ben Dickenson (Steve Smith), Will Lee (Liam Hollingworth), Nathan Arkle, Alex Brockbank.