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Improved Oakham performance fails to halt losing streak

Oakham twice let the lead slip through their grasp as they suffered a 4-3 home defeat against Holbeach United Reserves on Saturday.

The Rutland side were leading 2-1 and 3-2 in the second half of the Peterborough League Premier Division clash.

However, the fourth-placed Tigers hit back to snatch all three points after a clinical performance following an improved Oakham showing.

Kris Kefford bagged a brace. (6065586)
Kris Kefford bagged a brace. (6065586)

Co-boss Stewart Lambie commented: "We played quite well. It was a better performance than the last four or five games.

"Fair play to Holbeach because they were very clinical. They probably had five chances and took four of them.

"It was an encouraging performance from our point of view despite the result. The work-rate was there, but we do keep making silly mistakes which costs us.

"It all comes down to having to change players too often and some not coming to training which affects our game management.

"Hopefully we can start to get a consistent squad from now on and go from there.

"We want players who are willing to train rather than those who just want to turn up for the game on a Saturday."

Oakham handed a debut to goalkeeper Usaama Yussuf on Saturday and the Leicester-based custodian - who was brought to the club by coach Ross Balloch - enjoyed a promising debut.

He was beaten after 15 minutes of Saturday's contest when a long ball was held up in the wind and a Holbeach player won the race for the ball with Yussuf to open the scoring.

Oakham responded well and levelled on the half-hour mark when a Liam Hollingworth centre was turned home by Kris Kefford.

The hosts then took the initiative in the second period when Kefford slotted home at the back post following Ash Hibbitt's cross.

Holbeach hit back to equalise 10 minutes later, but Oakham regained the lead again when Michael Nelson's goalbound header was deflected off a defender to wrong-foot the visiting goalkeeper.

However, they were unable to see the game out for a much-needed victory as Holbeach got back on level terms before snatching a winner with seven minutes remaining.

Oakham - who have now lost their last four league games - face another tough home test on Saturday when third-placed Thorney visit Lonsdale Meadow.

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