Controversial first half try sinks Oaks’ hopes of back-to-back victories

Oakham RFC v Belgrave RFC EMN-140414-085411001
Oakham RFC v Belgrave RFC EMN-140414-085411001
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Oakham scored three tries in their second Midlands Two East South game of the season but struggled to regain a foothold in the game after slipping behind to Northampton Old Scouts and went on to lose 36-25.

The first quarter of the match was pointless but midway through the first half Northampton got a break in fortune when they were controversially awarded a try in the corner despite protests that the Northampton man had been in touch.

At half-time, Oakham had just a single Mark Matthews penalty to show for their efforts and were trailing 19-3 to a side with promotion in their minds come the end of the season.

However, in the second half, the Oaks rallied to outpoint their opponents and Alun Meadows, Jono Milnes and Adam Stimson scored tries.

Matthews converted two of those and also kicked another penalty but at the end of the day it was his missed kicks which would prove costly. The fly half missed three penalties he would usually expect to score.

Oakham also skipped an interception try late in the day while throwing everything they had at Old Scouts while trying to claw back the result.

It ended with Oakham returning home with no points to show for their efforts having missed out on the two bonus points available.

Oakham entertain Oadby Wyggestonians this Saturday.