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Oakham United score 10 goals in victory over Eye United in the Peterborough League Premier Division




Michael Nelson netted a double hat-trick as Oakham United stormed to a 10-goal victory at Eye United on Saturday.

Sven Hart also struck a brace for Seb Hayes' side with Adam Rothery and teenager Olly Cox completing their impressive goal haul in the Peterborough League Premier Division match.

Boss Hayes had been ruing his side's missed chances in recent games but the return of Nelson to the Oakham attack provided the perfect boost.

Michael Nelson netted a double hat-trick for Oakham on Saturday. (51217486)
Michael Nelson netted a double hat-trick for Oakham on Saturday. (51217486)

The striker had scored a 27-minute hat-trick in his only other appearance this season in the 3-2 derby win over Stamford Bels.

And he netted a treble in each half on Saturday to help Oakham secure their second league win of the season.

Hayes said: "We took our chances on Saturday and a big part of that was down to Michael Nelson.

"He's played one full 90 minutes for us this season and another 27 minutes and has already scored nine goals.

"He's playing really well and, there's point in me beating around the bush, in that we are relying heavily on him at the moment and the results have shown that.

"If we had him in the other games which we have played then I believe we would have won or got points in all of them because he's that important to us and his record so far this season shows that.

"It was a good team performance all round though and we played really well. Eye had a decent team out and it wasn't that different to the side that beat Wittering recently.

"But, if I can get the team I had on Saturday out most weeks, then we will be a threat to anybody.

"I wasn't about to panic after the last few weeks. I always felt that someone was going to get it, but I didn't expect it to be Eye because I know their team well and they are capable of clicking."

Nelson's first half hat-trick had put Oakham in control of the contest at the break after a dominant performance.

They then netted a fourth early in the second half before the floodgates opened with full-back Phil Andre providing four of the assists which saw teenager Cox net his first senior goal for the club after progressing through the youth ranks.

Hayes added: "I was still very wary of their threat at half-time but fortunately we scored within a minute of the restart which killed it.

Scott Waumsley has joined Oakham. (51217488)
Scott Waumsley has joined Oakham. (51217488)

"I said to the lads at half-time that we needed to be ruthless. I wanted the defenders to defend, the midfielders to play, create and score and us to get the ball into the box for our forwards to do their job.

"I have been with teams where we have been three or four up at half-time and we haven't been relentless after that, but these boys did everything that I asked which was why we got the 10 goals.

"I'm not going to get carried away with it though because it's one result and we now need to back it up and get two or three more wins to build up that momentum."

Oakham are back in action at Lands' End Meadow on Saturday when they host Long Sutton.

Hayes has bolstered his squad by signing striker Scott Waumsley who has been playing for Pinchbeck United in the United Counties League Premier Division North.

Waumsley made his Oakham debut in the defeat against Stilton recently but missed Saturday's win due to a stomach problem.

Hayes continued: "Scott has got step five experience and he's a good lad.

"He's the type of player that we're looking for because he's young and hungry and also a bit further down the line in his development and experience."



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