Oakham United are beaten by Holbeach United Reserves in the Peterborough League Premier Division
A frustrating sense of déjà vu struck Oakham United again as they went down to a one-goal home defeat against Holbeach Reserves in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division clash at Lands' End Meadow.
The Rutlanders were again ruing the lack of a cutting edge in front of goal as an Oakham side missing injured top scorer Michael Nelson had a great chance to break the deadlock midway through the second period.
However, they spurned the chance and within a couple of minutes Holbeach had broke away and Oliver Foster fired home a fine finish to send Oakham to their fourth defeat of the season.
Boss Seb Hayes said: "It was a really tight game. We didn't do enough to win it but we didn't deserve to lose it either in my opinion.
"We deserved a point on the balance of play, but you don't always get what you deserve in football and you have to earn it.
"Both teams cancelled each other. They had more half chances but there was no difference in the clear-cut ones.
"We are not executing in the final third though or putting away our chances when we're on top and, if you don't do that, then you don't win games."
As well as being without talisman Nelson, Oakham had Sven Hart, Ash Chamberlain and Mikey Baird all missing.
Both sides defended well in a close contest and Foster's clinching strike saw the Tigers' second string extend their unbeaten run to four games.
They are now up to third place in the table with Oakham ninth having played a number of the early season leading lights.
Hayes added: "We haven't had an easy start but the pleasing thing is that we've been in all those games and could have got something out of them.
"It is very frustrating though as we're playing well but we're not killing sides off when we get the chance to.
"I'm saying pretty much the same thing every week when we're not winning games and it's got to change quickly."
Oakham make the trip to face Oundle Town this weekend as Hayes returns to the club where he started his managerial career in 2004.
He commented: "It's a brilliant club and one that I have a lot of affection for. I was there as a player and a manager and I'm looking forward to going back because I had a lot of great times there."