Third successive defeat for United
The absence of nearly a whole team of players proved too much for Oakham United to overcome as they went down to a 4-1 away loss at Peterborough Sports Development on Saturday.
Manager Stewart Lambie had 10 players unavailable for the Peterborough League Premier Division clash against a second-placed Turbines team.
With nine regulars already unavailable, Oakham were dealt a further blow on Friday night when Grantham Town Academy youngster Luke Matts was called into the Gingerbreads first team squad for their FA Trophy match at Halesowen.
And Lambie felt the raft of player unavailabilities was too much for his side to overcome as they suffered a third successive away defeat.
He said: “We didn't play badly, but we were missing that bit of quality. We were without the spine of the side in Dan Jenkins, Robbie Pearce and Michael Nelson.
"We played football the right way, but probably overplayed it a bit too much.
"I couldn't fault the efforts of all the players. They worked hard, but it was always going to be difficult when you're missing 10 players and having to make five changes from the previous week.
"Peterborough Sports are a good, young side. They play good football and they've got a lot of pace in their team.”
Oakham found themselves three goals down at the interval with reserve team manager Nathan Arkle netting their goal in the second period.
Sixteen-year-old Josh Robertson came off the substitutes’ bench for Oakham and impressed Lambie with his work-rate.
Oakham are without a match this weekend.