Lewis Leckie shows his worth with a game winning brace
Oakham United striker Lewis Leckie scored his fifth and sixth goal of the UCL Division One season on Saturday to deliver a 3-1 win away at Bugbrooke on Saturday.
Oakham ended a run of four games without winning on Tuesday when they beat Burton Park Wanderers 3-2, the result on Saturday saw them climb up to second in the league.
United manager Wayne Oldaker said: “14 points out of a possible 21, and second in the league; if someone had offered us that before the start of the season of course we would have taken that.”
However the Oakham boss said his team are still searching for their rhythm. Their work rate was improved at times on Saturday but still not up to the high standard he demands.
As for Leckie, he has been a marked man this season, with sides setting up to defend the dangerous striker, who plays at the spearhead of Oakham’s attack. However despite that Leckie is still the third top scorer in the league to date with six, although he is some way behind first place Avelino Vieira, of Peterborough Sports, with 11, but closer to second place Jedd Whiteman of Thrapston Town.
Cameron Brookes put the Tractor Boys ahead eight minutes in as he converted a slide rule pass.
However the hosts levelled in spectacular fashion just after the hour mark. Ty Clark pulled of a brilliant scissor kick to bury the ball in the net.
But Leckie took the game but the scruff of the neck in the second half, scoring after 68 and 89 minutes. His first goal was a finish of pure class. He took the ball on the halfway line and looked up before firing an inch perfect 45 yard shot over the head of the opposition keeper and just under the cross bar.
Oldaker was full of praise. He said: “It was a quality finish. To have confidence to take on from there, when the percentage of getting it right was probably 1,000-1 shows his quality.”
His second, was slightly controversial and was an easier effort but it showed his desire to get in the goals. There was an air of controversy about the goal because in the build up Leckie was off the field having received treatment. However he was waved on by the referee and raced up-field without any marker to link with Sven Hart. Winger Hart crossed the ball to Leckie who ‘screamed’ for the ball. When he got it he made no mistake.
Oldaker added: “He has got quality goals in him and he proved that on Saturday. He has set himself a target of 25 goals this season and if he gets that we should secure our place in the league.
“The goal is to finish in the top eight of the league and if we do that get selected to play in the FA Cup.”
Oakham are in action in the FA Vase on Saturday when they travel to Toolstation Northern Counties East League side Shirebrooke Town.
Oakham will travel without a host of first team players, with Robbie Pearce, Robbie Dance and Matt Holland unavailable because of work commitments and Edy McDonald and Simon Dalton both unlikely to feature because of injuries.
However Oldaker said: “We are going there with a few missing but I never use that as an excuse and if we produce our A-game we will give anyone a game. We just might need to reshuffle things.”
Bugbrooke: Olly Reynolds, Ryan Nash, Charlie Hynam, Cameron Harrison, Joe Wakelin, Danny Duggan, Josh Dawson, Jimmy Moore, Pete Smith (Dan Field), Kofi Dawes, Ty Clark.
Oakham: Andrew Collin, Dan Jenkins, Ash Chamberlain (Craig Welbourn), Richard Nelson, Stewart Lambie, Matt Holland, Sven Hart, Adam Rothery, Lewis Leckie, Ash Civil (Andy Sayers), Cameron Brookes (Ben Easson).