Ryhall Utd 3 Oakham Utd Res 0
RYHALL returned to winning ways on Tuesday and gave their promotion hopes a massive boost with a 3-0 win against Oakham United Reserves.
Ryhall were hit with an early injury blow when James Farmbrough went down with a serious ankle injury after just five minutes of play. His replacement, Josh Manby was then tripped in the area as he raced through on goal to earn Ryhall a penalty, which Ricky Pozella slotted home for his 50th goal in 44 games for the club.
Antony Sheehan doubled the lead with his first goal for the club after finishing a swift counter attack.
Ryhall then suffered further injury woe when Manby limped off the field with a damaged knee just before half time.
Pozella slammed home a free kick midway through the second half to round off the victory.
Second-placed Ryhall were handed a boost when leaders Castor lost on Tuesday.
Ryhall face Gedney Hill at home on Saturday, while Oakham Reserves host Farcet in their final game of the season.
Ryhall: J Feetham, R Wilkinson, S Moss, M Webb, J Russon, A Sheehan, G Williams, D Sheehan, J Farmbrough (J Manby) (J Sheehan), P Bartlett (E Pentney), R Pozella.
Woodston Utd 4 Oakham Utd
OAKHAM reserves lost Saturday’s relegation tussle with Woodston despite another encouraging performance
United started well and had much the better of the first half. They should have gone ahead early on but Jack McDonald's fine strike thumped against the post and rebounded to safety.
Oakham got in behind the home defence on numerous occasions during the first period but lacked composure when it mattered in and around the box, and this cost them dearly when Woodston converted one of their few chances to take a half-time lead.
Before Oakham could get a kick in the second half they found themselves two behind but a sweetly struck free kick by Gary Rix reduced the arrears shortly after.
It looked like United would level but the Woodston goalkeeper magnificently saved Steve Smith’s close range effort and as Oakham pushed for an equaliser the hosts caught them out twice in the final 10 minutes to make the final score very harsh on United.
Oakham: Collin, Smith, Reeson, Seagrave, Clapton, Smith, Nicholls, McDonald, Short, Perry, Steele, Rix, Simpson.