League leaders will provide next test for United
Sean Roberts capped an impressive full debut for Oakham United with a double strike in Saturday’s 5-2 home success over Langtoft United.
Roberts scored United’s opening two goals which were followed by a brace from Michael Nelson and another from the returning Cameron Brookes.
That was enough to secure only Oakham’s second win from their last eight Peterborough League Premier Division games against an under-strength Vikings side.
Joint Oakham manager Stewart Lambie said: “We played well in patches.
“We missed some good chances in the first half to make it more convincing and then took our foot off the gas at 5-1 which was slightly disappointing.
“Sean had a good game on his full debut though and was probably our man of the match.
"He looks a good player. He's very positive when he gets the ball and looks to get forward from midfield which is good because we have a lot more of a defensive-minded midfield.”
Oakham had already seen Nelson and Sam Munton miss good openings with Brookes rattling the Langtoft crossbar before they took the lead after 34 minutes.
Roberts took the ball past two defenders and slotted home the opening Oakham goal before doubling the lead just two minutes later when a corner was cleared to the former King’s Cliffe player who volleyed home a superb finish into the top corner.
Joint boss Nelson then made it 3-0 before the break from the penalty spot after Brookes had been brought down.
Langtoft’s best opening of the first half had seen a long ball missed by Oakham goalkeeper Alex Brown but they were unable to take advantage by firing into side-netting.
Nelson made it four early in the second half with his 23rd goal of the season when he finished with aplomb following Brookes' through ball.
But Langtoft did reduce the deficit shortly after when a ball into the home box was turned past his own goalkeeper by Oakham defender Munton.
Brookes restored the three-goal advantage by opening his account on his return to the Rutland club.
But former Oakham player Steve Jucikas then grabbed a second for Langtoft with a smart finish as United eased off with the three points secured.
They are back on their travels again this weekend when making the trip to face league leaders Moulton Harrox.
Lambie commented: "It will be a good test for the players. If we want to compete for promotion next season these are the sort of teams we will be going up against."
Oakham United are holding a family race night on Saturday, February 2.
Entry is free and the doors open at 7pm with the first race at 7.30pm.