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Two goals inside the opening 15 minutes helps stretch unbeaten run




A flying start set Oakham United on their way to victory in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division clash with Long Sutton.

The Rutlanders rattled in two goals inside the opening 15 minutes of the clash at Lonsdale Meadow before clinching a 3-0 win late on.

The victory stretched their unbeaten run to five games ahead of Saturday's derby duel with Stamford Lions.

Oakham United were 3-0 home winners over Long Sutton on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (8190597)
Oakham United were 3-0 home winners over Long Sutton on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (8190597)

Joint manager Stewart Lambie commented: "We got three points, scored three goals and kept a clean sheet so it was all about getting the job done.

"We were all over them for the first 15 minutes. We scored two goals and then took our foot off the gas which we weren't very happy about.

"We let them back into it. They were quite a physical side and we got dragged into a battle.

"We were up for that though and it's another win which we've got to be pleased about."

Oakham broke the deadlock inside the opening 10 minutes with top marksman Michael Nelson starting the scoring in style.

The joint player-boss surged into the 18-yard box before unleashing a superb strike into the top corner for his 29th goal of the season from just 21 games.

The lead was doubled five minutes later when the Sutton goalkeeper failed to deal with a long ball over the top and he was robbed by Cameron Brookes who dinked his effort over the recovering custodian and into the net.

Oakham United were 3-0 home winners over Long Sutton on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (8190609)
Oakham United were 3-0 home winners over Long Sutton on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (8190609)

The game then generated into a midfield battle with neither side gaining the upper hand as Oakham held their two-goal advantage going into half-time.

Sutton came close to reducing the arrears in the second half with a header from a corner hitting the home crossbar.

But Charley Griffen in the home goal was relatively untroubled for the rest of the second period before Oakham sealed their success late on.

A quick counter-attack released Josh Gooding and he capped an impressive performance by firing home Oakham's third goal.

Oakham: Griffen, Kefford, Munton, Delucis, Bates, Gooding, Jenkins, North, Nelson, Roberts, Brookes. Subs: Matts, Marasco, Ward. Not used: Lambie.



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