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Brookes back with United who lose Pearce after injury blow

Oakham United are making early plans for next season after a signing spree.

Joint managers Stewart Lambie and Michael Nelson have added five fresh faces to their Peterborough League Premier Division squad in the past week.

Striker Cameron Brookes has returned to the Lonsdale Meadow club after spending most of the campaign playing for Holwell Sports in Division One of the United Counties League.

Cameron Brookes is back with Oakham United. (6513294)
Cameron Brookes is back with Oakham United. (6513294)

Defender Matt Richmond has made the switch from Leicestershire Senior League Division One side Magna 73 while attacking midfielder Sean Roberts comes in from near neighbours King’s Cliffe.

Mansfield Town Under 21 youngster Thuso Nyoni has also joined to gain a taste of men’s football while experienced goalkeeper Alex Brown has signed on dual registration from East Midlands Counties side Barrow Town to cover for the suspended Usaama Yussuf.

Their arrivals will compensate for the blow of losing striker Robbie Pearce for the rest of the season after he sustained a nasty knee injury in the 2-1 defeat at Thorney on Saturday.

And co-boss Lambie feels it will also give himself and Nelson the chance to run the rule over the new faces in competitive action as they start to turn their attention towards next season.

Lambie said: “We're not going to get relegated and we're probably looking at a mid-table finish so we want to start looking towards next season.

"We have got a big squad now and it will give us a chance to have a look at everybody with a view to next season.

"We want to try and get our squad in place before the end of the season rather than chasing about in the summer and this will allow us to see players in competitive games rather than friendlies or training.

“Having Cameron back with us will be a big asset. He’s got loads of pace and works really hard for the team.

"We've been lacking another striker so this will take the pressure off Michael Nelson, especially after Robbie’s injury on Saturday.

“He won’t play again this season if at all. His knee popped out after he twisted for the ball and he’s going to see a physio this week to find out the damage. He’s self-employed so that’s something he’s got to take into consideration when thinking about the future.

Robbie Pearce is ruled out for the rest of the season. (6513292)
Robbie Pearce is ruled out for the rest of the season. (6513292)

“Sean (Roberts) also came on at the weekend and he looks a good player while Matt (Richmond) will bring extra competition for places at the back.

“Thuso actually played for the club under Will Moody and he’s come back now to get some more senior football.”

Saturday’s reversal in a scrappy contest at Thorney saw the hosts gain revenge for a defeat by a similar margin at Oakham in December.

United took the lead midway through the first half when David Bates’ wind-assisted cross-come-shot crept into the home net.

In a game where clear-cut chances were few and far between, Thorney equalised before the break when a long ball over the top was finished off by Sam Donohoe.

Goalkeeper Brown made a couple of smart reaction saves to keep the scores level before Thorney grabbed a late winner.

It was Donohoe who netted the decisive goal with eight minutes remaining as Oakham switched off after clearing a long throw and, when the ball was delivered back into the box, the Thorney marksman netted at the far post.

The defeat means Oakham have won just once in their last seven league games with Lambie targetting a victory from this weekend’s home clash with Langtoft United.

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