OAKHAM will have to step up a gear if they are to beat Ashbourne tomorrow when the Derbyshire side visits for the first match at The Showground this season.
The Oaks were second best throughout a windy encounter at Belgrave last Saturday and Oaks’ coach Adam Copperwhheat had no arguments about the 18-12 scoreline
“They deserved the points. We did not look like we were at the races,” he said. “It was frustrating. Belgrave used the ball well. They kicked sensibly and we did not react to it.
“We left fullback James Padley to do an awful lot on his own.
“We worked on our ball skills during pre-season and feel that is where our strengths lie but we went into our shells and got sucked into a battle between the forward packs.”
The Oaks’ tries were scored by Alex Key and Tom Burton with Padley kicking a conversion.
Oakham were trailing at the interval but narrowed the gap before easing off and allowing their hosts to dictate the pattern of play in the closing stages.
Copperwheat said: “We regrouped at half time and we played well for about 15 minutes but then took our foot off the gas.
“Now we have to move on and put that result on the scrap heap. We can’t change it but we can learn from it.”
Oaks: Adam Price, Martin Stimson, Ryan Corner, George Reed, James Cooper, Angus Boyle, Theo Morgan, Tommy Williams, Ollie Baines, Alex Key, Pete Watt, Tom Burton, Will Armstrong, Phil Gant, James Padley. Reps: Adam Copperwheat (unused), Richard Pocock, Jonny Harrison.
Oakham play Ashbourne at home on Saturday.
Kick off at The Showground is at 3pm.
l OAKHAM-Melton Colts lost their second game of the season 12-0 against Lutterworth.
The Colts took the game to Lutterworth with some good tackling, counter rucking and defensive work but a well-worked move led to Lutterworth opening the scoring. They fell further behind when a wayward pass in their 22 allowed Lutterworth an interception try.
Oakham-Melton finished strongly giving the team’s coaches great encouragement for the weeks ahead
Oakham_Melton Colts: Jordan Pawley, Josh Buxton, Chris Carr, Dan Evans, Rowan Dodge, Charlie Cliffe, Alex Rippin, Tom Winterton, Adam Woolley, Mark Schulz, Simon Peters, Savi Turagabeci, John Appleby, George Scott, Oliver Cooper, Adam Carter.