Oakham chop down Old Edwardians but coach fears momentum will be lost during two-week lay-off

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The Oaks bounced back after a disappointing trip to Dronfield with a narrow victory against Nuneaton Old Edwardians at the Showground on Saturday.

Oakham won 13-10 but now face an uphill struggle in terms of rebuilding momentum to their league campaign.

Tom Armstrong’s side had won four on the trot ahead of the Dronfield setback and now, after returning to winning ways, face two weeks without a competitive game.

This Saturday is reserved for cup competitions, which Oakham are no longer part of, and their match the following weekend has been cancelled after the withdrawal of Sleaford from the league.

Even when Oakham do get back in action, at Bakewell on December 15, they only have two more fixtures before the Christmas and New Year break.

“It’s a shame we lost to Dronfield,” said Armstrong. “We were just getting on a roll.

“Now we have a break and that doesn’t help us either.”

Oakham had not played Sleaford, who had become the Midlands 2 East (North) whipping boys, but other sides will lose any points accrued against the Lincolnshire side.

On Saturday, the Oaks overcame awful playing conditions which favoured Nuneaton’s larger pack.

Tom Burton’s converted try gave the Oaks a 10-13 lead at the break and although Nuneaton crossed the whitewash themselves, a penalty ten minutes from time secured Oakham the home win.

“We deserved to win because we had a lot of possession,” added Armstrong. “They were starting to get on top when they levelled but we played smart rugby tactically.

“They had quite a big pack but as soon as we chopped them down we were the stronger side. If had been a dry day we could have put 20 points past them.”

Oakham even survived the sin-binning of Ryan Corner, punished for a punch thrown in retribution for some underhand moves by the visitors.

Oakham: Adam Price, Rhys Grieve, Ryan Corner, Andrew Wallace, James Beanland (Ben Turnbull), James Cooper, Carel Fourie (Martin Stimson), Angus Boyle, Joe Lunn, Mark Matthews, James Padley, Ben Harries, Tom Burton (Corey Archard), James Young, Adam Stimson, Will Armstrong.