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Sixth away game in last seven matches ends in defeat

Joint Oakham boss Stewart Lambie feels the absence of too many key players at the same time is proving difficult for his side.

The Rutlanders went down to a 3-1 away defeat at Whittlesey Athletic in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division clash.

Work commitments saw Oakham without Tom Bedford, Shane Hicks and Robbie Pearce on Saturday while David Bates and Craig Welbourn are currently out injured.

And that proved a bridge too far for Oakham in what was their sixth away game from the last seven league outings.

David Bates (right) was out injured on Saturday. (5796095)
David Bates (right) was out injured on Saturday. (5796095)

Lambie said: "We are missing five or six players at a time which is hurting us because we could probably cope if it was just one or two.

"The young lads moving up from the reserves are working really hard, but we are just missing too many good players at the moment."

Oakham handed a debut to new signing Laurence Frater on Saturday while teenage goalkeeper Jack Simpson made his first start for the club.

Whittlesey had the better of opening half and, although they didn't cause Oakham too many problems, they did enough to break the deadlock with a close range finish from a corner.

Oakham started the second half the brighter of the two teams and soon got back on level terms when Frater flashed home a fine finish from the edge of the box.

However, it the was hosts who had the final say on proceedings as two goals in the final 15 minutes sent Oakham to a second successive 3-1 defeat.

Lambie added: "We tried to either take too many touches in the first half or play the killer ball straight away.

"We were a lot better in the second half. We showed a bit more patience, but they had a tap-in for the second goal and then we made a mistake for their third."

Oakham continue their run of away games on Saturday when they travel to face Long Sutton.

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