Lacklustre Oaks beaten

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Market Bosworth 36

Oakham 16

OAKHAM slipped up against one of their promotion rivals on Saturday with a 36-16 defeat at third-placed Market Bosworth.

The Oaks led 11-10 at the break thanks to two penalties and an unconverted try from Tom Armstrong but they were otherwise out of sorts throughout the game, allowing their hosts to open up a wide lead after the interval.

Oakham coach Adam Copperwheat was clearly disappointed with his side’s performance as he assessed the lacklustre display.

“We were unfortunate with a few players unavailable but the side that we took was more than good enough to have won,” he said.

What made the Oak’s defeat more frustrating is that they went 6-0 up through two penalties before Armstrong scored an opportunist try, charging down a kick and stealing possession to score.

The Oaks did add to their score in the second half when scrum half Jamie Clark burst through a gap at the side of a ruck to score a second opportunist try. But most of the second half was best forgotten from Oakham’s point of view.

“Some of the lads were quite truthful after the game. The general feeling was one of frustration,” said Copperwheat who added that poor organisation had hampered a squad hit by injuries.

“The players made their own way and some were late which, as we tell them all what time to arrive at training, is annoying.”

Copperwheat, who is among the players side-lined by injury, added: “We will work on our game this week and turn things around for the West Bridgford game.

“We had just 17 players available on Saturday but hopefully we’ll have Mark Matthews and Will Armstrong back this week.

“We have to go to West Bridgford and play as a team. A couple of times on Saturday the lads tried to play as individuals.”

The Oaks remain fourth but are now six points behind Bosworth and seven behind second-placed Bakewell who hammered Nottingham Moderns 64-5 last Saturday. Runaway leaders Newark cruised past newark 43-5.

Oakham’s match at West Bridgford starts at 2.15pm on Saturday.

Oakham: Rhys Grieve, Richard Pocock, Ryan Corner, John Caunt, Angus Boyle, Pete Woolston, James Cooper, Adam Varley. Jamie Clark, Cory Archard, Tom Burton, Ben Harries, James Harrison, Demo Gonsalves. Reps: Martyn Stimson, Duncan Bryant.