Oakham Utd 2 King’s Cliffe 0
OAKHAM United beat league leaders King’s Cliffe 2-0 with a superb performance in difficult conditions on Saturday.
Eddie McDonald and Tom Caldicott scored for Oakham, who have now won four of their last five league games to ease away from the relegation zone in the Peterborough and District League Premier Division.
Joint boss Andy Saddington said: “I think we were by far the better side. Our game plan was better and we controlled most of the game.
“It was a very windy day and we kept the ball down while they started 4-3-3 and bypassed midfield.
“Our defence was outstanding. They kept a brilliant line throughout and their marking was good.”
United took the lead late in the first half when McDonald took the ball round a defender and curled his shot into the bottom left corner of the goal from just inside the box.
Twenty minutes after the break Craig Welbourn broke down the right hand and played the ball to Caldicott, who made himself some space to shoot and scored off the underside of the bar.
Oakham’s recent revival had come off the rails a week earlier at Eye where they fell to a 4-0 defeat. And Saddington was delighted with his side’s response to that setback.
He said: “They have shown character to come back. The Eye result could have been a catalyst to go on another losing run.
“To get three points off the league leaders shows how far we have progressed.
“The team is beginning to mould together and we are getting a decent turnout at training now.
“They are putting the work in and the proof is in the pudding.”
Oakham now have a week off before returning to action against Netherton United on February 2 at Catmose College.
Oakham: Shane Hicks, Ben Cox, Craig Ward, Tom Cooper, Jamie Farr, Craig Welbourne, (Steve Smith), Eddie McDonald, Jamie Forbes, Ben Dickenson (Chris Steele), Tom Caldicott, Jamie Saddington.
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Oakham Utd Res 5 Gedney Hill 1
AN excellent all-round display from United’s second string resulted in a comfortable win over Gedney Hill who were just below them in the league.
Playing with the strong wind at their backs in the first period Oakham used their wide players well to dominate possession but were unable to score despite several excellent opportunities. Tony Maher twice, Graham Nicholls and Rik Phoenix were all denied by good goalkeeping.
The second half footballing display that Oakham produced into the gale built on a solid defensive performance tore the visitors apart.
Tane Scott struck first, finishing well from outside the box. Maher then played in Gary Rix who scored from a tight angle to make it two.
Neil Smith made an excellent goalline clearance to prevent Gedney Hill getting back into the game before Phoenix raced through to make it 3-0 with a neat finish when one-on-one with the keeper.
The fourth came soon after, Phoenix again on the end of a great move down the right.
An excellent individual goal by Stu Lambie made it five before Gedney Hill got a consolation from the penalty spot.
Oakham: Busby, Short, Smith, Simpson, Reeson, Lambie, Nicholls, McDonald, Phoenix, Maher, Scott. Subs: Rix, Dear, Bottomley.
Match sponsor - Catmose Club; Ball sponsor - Bullimores.