Oakham pick up a vital victory

Action from Oakham United (red) v Whittlesey Town (blue)'Photo: SM191111-118js
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Oakham United 2 Whittlesey 1

OAKHAM United picked up their first league win since August with a 2-1 victory against Whittlesey on Saturday.

Stand-in striker Craig Welbourne got the ball rolling after just ten minutes, racing past the visitors’ defence to open the scoring.

Eddie McDonald doubled United’s lead five minutes later with a glorious strike from the edge of the penalty area that found the top corner.

Whittlesey pulled one back before half-time with a break-away headed goal but Oakham were good for their win with a host of chances to extend their lead either side of half time.

Joint boss Andy Saddington said: “It should have been more but we are happy with the three points.

“We played well. We carried on from where we left off at King’s Cliffe last week, when I think we should have taken something from the game. We dominated most of the game.

“I told the players at half time that it was crucial that we kept our shape and we did that.”

United were missing Richard Nelson, Stu Lambie, Dave Hudson and Tom Cooper but had Jamie Saddington and Jamie Forbes return to a re-jigged 4-4-2 formation.

Welbourne and Steve Hibberd both had chances before Oakham opened the scoring, and Forbes, Will Lee, Richard Phoenix and James Twose were all guilty of missed chances in the second half.

Saddington added: “All the subs played well, stepping up from the reserves and third team. It was an all round good performance.”

Oakham will hope to carry Saturday’s form into this weekend’s PFA Cup tie at home to Eye Sports. Kick off is at 1.30pm.

Oakham: S Hicks, T Watchorn, J Saddington, T Bain, b Cox, B Dickinson (R Phoenix), J Forbes, E McDonald, S Hibberd (S Smith), W Lee, C Welbourne (J Twose). Match sponsors: Ian Bryers Car and Commercial Repairs.

Ball sponsor: C&M Tractors.

Guyhirn 5 Oakham United Res 2

OAKHAM’S away form continued to let them down as they were well and truly outfought at Guyhirn.

Despite being given the lead after only two minutes, when a Guyhirn defender diverted Chris Steele’s cross in to his own net, United failed to compete in a poor first half.

Oakham were under constant pressure and the scores were level on 18 minutes. Keeper Andy Collin, who had a good game, had no chance with a superb strike from 25 yards.

The second came on the half hour, a mistake at the back gifting the lead to the home side and the third came from the penalty spot to make it 3- 1 at the interval.

United performed better in the second half and got a goal back shortly after the restart when Mike Reeson flicked in Anthony Clapton’s well delivered free kick.

However, Guyhirn immediately went two ahead again. This time Oakham’s rear guard was outpaced to allow a simple tap in.

As Oakham pushed forward to try and retrieve something from the game they were again exposed at the back and a miss-hit shot fell kindly to a forward to finish the scoring with 20 minutes remaining.

Oakham: Collin, Simpson, Smith, Bottomley, Reeson, Maher, McDonald, Baines, Clapton, Palmer, Steele, Rix, Hibberd.

Oakham Utd U18 0 Hungate U18 3

MID-table Oakham U18 lost 3-0 to the Peterborough Youth League Division three leaders Hungate.

The newly formed Oakham team has won one and drawn two of its opening five matches this season.

U18 match sponsors: Storage Concepts.

Ball sponsor: Zetland Plants.