Oakham United blown away by Netherton and gale

Oakham United v Netherton United.  Game played at Uppingham Community College. Match action.'Photo: MSMP010214-010ow
Oakham United v Netherton United. Game played at Uppingham Community College. Match action.'Photo: MSMP010214-010ow

Oakham United were sunk by two goals either side of half time against top of the league Netherton on Saturday.

With postponed fixtures mounting up and Oakham’s normal Catmose College pitch waterlogged, United moved their league fixture to the 3G pitch at Uppingham Community Centre.

Oakham held out until the 47th minute but Netherton opened the scoring on the stroke of half time.

Craig Spink responded first to tap in and give the visitors a 1-0 lead after Roberto Da Silva’s overhead shot rebounded off the bar.

After regrouping for the second half Oakham’s plans were dashed just seconds after the break when Ben Daly audaciously lobbed Oakham goalkeeper Chris Steele from inside in his own half straight from the kick-off.

Netherton finished the job when substitute Tom Randall added a third to seal the win for the PDFL Premier Division leaders.

Oakham manager Wayne Oldaker said: “It was a bit of a shame. We got round the waterlogged pitch by playing on the artificial surface but then it was blowing a gale.

“It was not a very technical game because of the elements.

“We had not played for three weeks, and then it was Netherton on their artificial pitch, so we wanted to get out again.

“If we don’t play now we are going to end up with a backlog of fixtures which will become unmanageable, having to play midweek games.”

Oakham had the game’s first decent chance when Nathan Arkle’s free-kick tested Netherton keeper James Wilson.

Robbie Pearce forced a good close range save from Wilson but the homeside could not get on the board.

Oldaker added: “Netherton are used to playing on that surface and it showed. They were taking pot-shots from quite far out because you can get a good strike on the ball on those pitches.

“They are top of the table and they are a good side.

“It was a pity the conditions weren’t a bit better because it would have been nice to test ourselves against a proper footballing side.”

Oakham now sit 15th in the PDFL Premier Division with Stilton United away on Saturday. However if the homeside’s pitch is waterlogged Oakham will offer to host the game.

Oakham United: Chris Steele, Craig Welbourne, Harry Culver (Ashley Clipston), Stuart Lambie, Jamie Forbes, Tom Bain, Ben Easson (Sam McCall), Robbie Dance, Michael Nelson, Nathan Arkle (Luke Ward), Robbie Dance Micahael Nelson, Nathan Arkle, Robbie Pearce.

Netherton United: James Wilson, Craig Spinks, Jonny Spinks, Ben Daly (Tom Randall), Chris Hansford, Eddie Pattern, Laureano Da Silva, Ash Jackson, Chris Beeby (Fraser Sturgess), Roberto Da Silva, Steve Mastin.