Oakham United find scoring touch in cup clash

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OAKHAM United came out on top of an entertaining PFA Senior Cup clash against Whittlesey.

Whittlesey wasted an early penalty chance before the teams swapped the lead before going in 2-2 at half-time.

United then nosed in front with 10 minutes to go after the Whittlesey keeper had a moment of madness and got caught with the ball outside his box. United held on to win but not before Tane Scott was sent off for his second yellow right at the death.

United boss Andy Saddington said it was highly entertaining from start to finish.

He said: “We’ve only won once so far this season and scored four goals so to get the win and score three was good. It’s only the cup and the league is more important but it’s still nice to win.”

United started the match on the back foot when Whittlesey were awarded a penalty in the first 10 minutes.

Saddington said: “They had a shot which our keeper pushed around the post and then the ref blew the whistle for a penalty and nobody really knew what for.

“They blasted it over so at least there was some justice.”

Whittlesey took the lead after 20 minutes after winning a corner. Poor marking allowed the visitors to get a header on the ball at the back post.

United equalised from a corner delivered in by Steve Smith which was headed on to the back post and Will Lee crept in to flick the ball into the net.

And just five minutes later United took the lead thanks to some good work down the right and then a perfect cross in found Jamie Saddington to head home.

Saddington said: “It was a really well worked move and we’d spoken to them beforehand about the need to get the ball into the area a lot quicker than we had been doing in the weeks before.”

However just before the break Whittlesey got another head on the ball to equalise.

United made some changes in the second half but neither side showed sings of getting through.

With 10 minutes to go the Whittlesey keeper came out the area to clear the ball and took too far long.

A United player closed him down quickly and as the keeper finally put boot to ball it ricocheted off the attacker.

United’s Tane Scott was the quickest to the ball and shrugged off a defender’s tough tackles to slide the ball home.

Scott however ended the match on the sidelines. Having already picked up one yellow he got involved in what Saddington called some “handbag” stuff with a Whittelsey player and the referee sent them both off.

Saddington said: “We played well overall and there were some great performances, in particular from Shane Hicks in goal, and Tom Bain in defence.

“We haven’t scored so many this season so to get three was really good.”

United – who will now entertain Eye Sports in the next round – are without a match this weekend.

Their next game is against Uppingham Town away on November 5. United won the derby match 2-0 earlier this season, their only league win so far.