The penalty tally against Oakham United is starting to hurt the side’s ambitions with more spot kicks costing them points on Saturday.
Oakham drew 3-3 away against Whittlesey United with Will Lee claiming a hat-trick. But a penalty in each half proved costly as Oakham’s winless run stretched to four games.
United’s joint manager Andy Saddington said: “Nobody gives a penalty away on purpose but we are literally giving goals away. We have to close teams down and not concede so many penalties.”
Oakham took an early lead but were quickly pegged back after conceding a needless spot kick on Saturday. They then retook the lead to have a 2-1 advantage at half-time.
Lee completed his hat-trick in the second half but Whittlesey pulled one back before Oakham gave away another penalty.
After a promising start to the Peterborough and District League season, Saddington’s side have taken two points from a possible 12 in their last four games.
The Oakham boss, who estimates his side have conceded a dozen penalties already this season, added: “We’ve hit a bit of a bad spell at the minute.
“Perhaps the players were trying too hard but hopefully we will not give any penalties more away.
“Now we just have to pull our socks up. It will be down to hard work and graft for 90 minutes for the next few games.”
Saddington, who praised Lee for his three goals - a header and two close range efforts - is seeking reinforcements to bolster his squad.
He said: “We are looking to sign a couple more players. We need to add a little bit of depth to the squad and keep the current players on their toes.”
Fourth-placed Oakham travel to Pinchbeck on Saturday. When the two sides met in October, Oakham won 3-2 with goals from Alex Brockbank, Jamie Forbes and James Twose.
Oakham (v Whittlesey): Shane Hicks, Craig Welbourn, Jamie Forbes (Tom Gregg), Tom Bain, Ben Cox, Will Lee, Eddie McDonald, Robbie Dance, Ben Dickinson, Nathan Arkle, Alex Brockbank. Sub unused: Steve Smith.
Oakham United’s reserves drew 1-1 at home to Gedney Hill in division two while the A team put nine past Warboys Town Reserves with a 9-1 victory that lifts them to the top of division four.
Rik Phoenix slotted the first goal after just five minutes and Darren Short smashed home Oakham’s second from outside the area just moments late.
Warboys pulled a goal back from the restart but Oakham pulled away from that point on.
Leading scorer Danny Foster made it 3-1 after 25 minutes and Jamie Palmer made it 4-1 at the break.
Phoenix, substitute Dom Gawden-Bone added the fifth and sixth early in the second half, and with 20 minutes remaining, Matt Perry made it 7-1 with a shot into the top right hand corner.
Martin Owers beat four defenders before poking home Oakham’s eighth and captain Jonny Woods completed with a header from close range.
Manager Dave Grieve said: “It was great to see so many people take their chances and get on the scoresheet.”
Oakham A: A Collin, D Short, M Reeson, M Owers, C Simpson, D Williams, J Woods, M Perry, J Palmer, D Foster, R Phoenix. Subs: D Gawden-Bone, J Forbes, B Eshelby, N Bottomley, A Hunt.