Rugby: Oakham pleased to put points on board in match against leaders Newark

OAKHAM’S away fixture to top-of-the table Newark was always going to be tough and so it proved to be.

Newark have played five and won five in the Midlands 2 East (North) and before meeting Oakham had conceded only 16 points in their first four games.

Most of the points came in the first half as Newark dominated from the start.

However in the second half Oakham had to play with 13 players for the last 20 minutes as injuries and two sin-binnings depleted numbers on the field.

All Oakham’s points came in the second half.

Coach Adam Copperwheat said: “We can take some positives from the game.

“In Newark’s four previous league games they had only conceded 16 points in total and we scored 21 points so we can take some hope from that.

“Newark are the best side in the league by a country mile. They are big, well organised and have got a good set up down there and everything is conducive to getting a good performance.

“We were expecting it to be tough, they haven’t scored less than 60 points until they played us.”

The loss puts Oakham in fourth place, on level points with Market Bosworth and three points behind Melton.

They face ninth-placed Nottingham Casuals at home on Saturday.

However the injuries are starting to pile up.

Copperwheat said the injury list had now reached double figures.

He said: “It’s a good chance for us to see what some of the second team boys can offer.

“We don’t always get to see them at training so we’ll be able to see if they can step up to play in the first team.”

Kick off is at 3pm.