Sven Hart hits a Wayne Rooney type goal to secure derby win for Oakham United against Stamford Lions
A second half wonder strike from Sven Hart helped stretch Oakham United's winning run to four games as they defeated Stamford Lions in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division derby duel at Lands' End Meadow.
Hart had earlier given Seb Hayes' side the lead before Lions hit back late in the first half with an equaliser from Tom Fearns.
The Oakham player then stepped up with 20 minutes remaining to score the winning goal that Lions boss James Sheehan likened to Wayne Rooney's first-ever Premier League strike as a 16-year-old for Everton against Arsenal.
The victory moved Oakham up into fifth place in the Premier Division table as they defeated a battling Lions side.
But, despite the win, Oakham manager Seb Hayes felt the game was a 'wake-up call' to his side after a lethargic performance.
Hayes said: "We had a lot of control of the game with the ball and they tried to play on the counter-attack.
"Lions are a well organised side who are hard to break down and they did well because they looked dangerous on the break and caused us problems with their pace so they were never out of the game.
"We were playing sideways and backwards too much though. We were keeping the ball, but it was easy for them to mirror it and keep their shape because we didn't go forwards enough. When we did that, it looked like we could hurt them.
"We were one-paced and looked lethargic which really bugged me because I like playing on the front foot.
"We can't afford to be over-confident in games which I felt we was and that's sometimes the problem when you're on a good run.
"Although we controlled the game, it was a massive wake-up call to us as we nearly got caught cold.
"If they had nicked something then I wouldn't have said they didn't deserve it because Lions defended brilliantly and resolutely and never gave up, but we should have finished better because we created some good chances which we didn't take.
"That might have made it easier for us but we deserved to win the game and it's good to get four wins on the trot which the club hasn't done for a long time."
Oakham started the game on the front foot and a series of corners had the Stamford side penned back in the early exchanges.
That dominance was soon rewarded when Hart collected the ball on the edge of the area before a darting run saw him leave his marker in his wake as he lifted his shot high into the top corner.
The Lions raised their game after going behind and Dom Butkus had an opportunity to pull the scores level when Zac Treweek slipped him in and he held off his marker but rolled his shot just wide of the upright.
Hart was causing Lions lots of problems as he nearly doubled the lead with another quick burst of pace that saw him ghost into the area but this time his shot was into the side netting.
At the other end, Seth Burkett slotted a shot that was heading to the bottom corner before it was superbly tipped away by Oakham goalkeeper Jamie Stephens.
With the half drawing to a close, Fearns picked up the ball just inside the Oakham half and sprinted towards goal.
The Oakham rearguard retreated and Fearns rifled a left-footed drive into the bottom corner to pull the scores level before the break.
Oakham had the ball in the net again after the restart to the second half when Michael Nelson fired home but the goal was disallowed for offside with the same fate befalling Andy Buckle who saw his effort ruled out for the same reason.
Fearns tried his luck again at the other end with another fine strike but was this time thwarted by Stephens.
With 20 minutes to play, a goal of the season contender fired Oakham back into the lead thanks to Hart's unstoppable pile-driver.
Lions pushed for an equaliser and almost found one when Treweek chipped Stephens from outside the area that had the keeper beaten but the ball bounced off the crossbar and into his arms.
Despite Lions pushing Oakham back, the home side held them at bay to pick up the three points and hand the Stamford side their third straight defeat.
Lions boss Sheehan commented: "I am finding it difficult to summarise at present.
"We are competitive in so many areas and at times dominant but we just see so many points slip away.
"For the third local derby in a row - Wittering, Bels and now Oakham - we are so slow to get started and are a goal down in the open phase of the game.
"We have some talent emerging from the squad and as the game progresses we look like a decent side, but it is imperative we turn up prepared to ruffle some feathers from the first whistle.
"They are reacting well once they go a goal down or get that foul or hard tackle on them and it's like we snap into a battling side, but losing goals in the opening spell of games is making life very difficult.
"That said, I am pleased with the group we have. It is a big learning curve for the younger players and again with a little more luck we would have got something from the game.
"Oakham are a strong, experienced side and play good football but I do feel we matched them for long spells.
"The winning goal was some strike though. If you think of Wayne Rooney's first-ever Premier League goal, this was right up there. It was a great effort."
Lions make the trip to face Oundle Town this weekend while Oakham host Wittering Premiair where victory will see them finish the year in fourth place.
Boss Hayes added: "The win at the weekend has set us up brilliantly for Saturday because whoever wins that game out of us and Wittering will sit in fourth place before Christmas.
"But, if we play like we did last weekend, then we will lose the game because Wittering have got the power up front to hurt teams.
"We are on a good run though. We're scoring goals and not conceding loads and it's a massive game for us because we now need to really push on and the lads have to be ready for Saturday."