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Defeat drops Oakham United from PDFL Premier Division top spot

By John Evely

Oakham United v Netherton United Photo: John Evely EMN-140818-134813001
Oakham United v Netherton United Photo: John Evely EMN-140818-134813001

Ten-man Oakham United succumbed to a shock defeat at home to Thorney on Saturday to potentially blow the PDFL Premier Division title race wide open.

Thorney have been something of a bogey side for Oakham this season and their latest victory means they completed a league double over the Rutland.

Two goals from Scott Murthwaite and another from Reece Kenton delivered the 3-2 victory for Thorney that knocked Oakham off the top of the table down to second.

But that does not tell the whole story. The visitors took the lead before Oakham levelled through Adam Rothery in the 37th minute. But three minutes before half time Marcus Baines was shown a red card and Thorney were awarded a penalty by referee Charles Keats.

Baines was penalised for fouling the Thorney striker in the box as he shielded the ball back to the keeper.

The spot kick was scored but Oakham came back in the second half and despite being a man down got a goal back through Stuart Lambie and looked the more likely to go on and win.

However the title chasers were caught on the break and conceded a goal the 86th minute which could have huge ramifications come the last day of the season.

Meanwhile Coates Athletic took full advantage of Oakham’s slip to move back to the Premier Division summit with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Sawtry. Joe Butterworth (2) Matt Heron and Adam Piergianni scored the goals for Coates.

Coates are now two points clear at the top, but Oakham have two matches in hand and should return to the summit with a win over lowly Crowland on Wednesday (March 25).

If third-placed Stilton win all their remaining games they will be champions as they have both Oakham and Coates still to play.

Stilton followed up their Hunts County Cup Final win last week with a 3-1 success at bottom club Leverington. Craig Smith (2) and Ritchie Baines scored the Stilton goals.

Moulton Harrox won their top-six clash at ICA Sports with a solitary Macauley Grimwood goal and Netherton bashed Riverside 6-1 in a city derby.

Jacob Smitheringale was the Langtoft match-winner at Peterborough Sports Reserves and Oliver Maltby bagged a hat-trick for Pinchbeck United in a 5-1 win at Deeping Rangers Reserves.

The PFA Challenge Cup semi-finals played on Saturday were won by Baston and Moulton Harrox Reserves. Baston won their all Division One tie against Netherton at the Grange on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Daniel Pick scored Baston’s goal.


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