Oakham United are beaten by Oundle Town in Peterborough League Premier Division clash
Two goals in the final 15 minutes sent Oakham United to a second successive Peterborough League Premier Division defeat on Saturday.
Seb Hayes' side had taken the lead at Oundle Town through Adam Rothery's first half goal before their hosts hit back with a late double whammy to rock the Rutland side.
It was a familiar tale of frustration for the Oakham boss as his side had again given their all but just came up short at key times as they went down to their fifth defeat of the season.
Hayes said: "We were the better side in the first half and they had the better of the second half but were more clinical than us which has been the story of our season.
"Their best two chances came in the last 15 minutes and they took them and we didn't do that when ours had come along earlier.
"I can't fault the application of the boys. They are training twice a week and we are working on everything that needs it and doing it right but we are just not getting the breaks.
"When you're on top in a football match then you have to kill the game and, if you don't do that, then you have to make sure you don't throw it away.
"We have lost three of our last four games by the odd goal and it has all come at a vital time where we have struggled to get back into it."
Oakham had made the trip to East Road with a strong squad which included top scorer Michael Nelson.
They enjoyed the lions share of the game in the opening period and took the lead midway through the first half.
A good team move saw the ball worked out wide to Nelson whose low cross picked out Rothery to side-foot home a good finish.
Rothery then saw another effort cleared off the line before Oakham lost Olly Cox to injury as they held the lead until half-time.
They remained in control of the contest despite also losing Kieran Pledger to injury until the final 15 minutes when Cardin Pierre-Liverpool got Oundle back on level terms.
Substitute Ben Lockley then won the contest for Oundle but Oakham could still have salvaged a point as they missed a one-on-one in the final throes.
Hayes added: "We played really well for 75 minutes so it's really frustrating.
"We need to start executing when we're on top and play through those bad spells which we are not doing at the moment."
Oakham are back at Lands' End Meadow this weekend when 10th-placed Leverington are the visitors with Hayes hoping his side can get some rewards for their efforts.
He commented: "We are not getting the results that our consistency deserves. Hopefully we might get one of those games where we can nick the win even by not playing as well as we have been doing.
"We're not a fourth-from-bottom team in how we're playing so there are loads of positives there but obviously I don't like losing and I want to move the club forward.
"The honeymoon period for me is over now. I've had eight games back at the club and we've built a good, competitive squad.
"We have now got to be more ruthless and start winning games, no matter how that comes, and start moving up the table."