Oakham United get their first win of the Peterborough League Premier Division campaign with a 5-1 victory over Ketton at Lands' End Meadow
Oakham United joint boss Stewart Lambie is hoping his side can build on their first win of the new Peterborough League campaign after snapping their losing streak with a derby victory over Ketton on Tuesday night.
After four successive Premier Division defeats, Oakham picked up their first points and goals of the season with a 5-1 victory at Lands' End Meadow.
It was a fine all-round performance which delighted Lambie whose side are in Peterborough Senior Cup action on Saturday when they visit Leverington Sports.
He said: "We played well and it was a big relief to get that first win.
"What hasn't been happening in recent weeks happened for us - we kept our shape, people worked hard and we took our chances.
"We had a couple of changes in personnel and tried something different with our shape which worked.
"The only trouble is that we've got some players missing on Saturday so it will change again.
"We got a bit nervy when they equalised, but the second goal settled us down again and we dominated the second half and took our chances as they pushed players forward.
"We worked hard for the whole 90 minutes and we've now got to take that performance into Saturday and build on it."
It was former Ketton striker Alex Brockbank, who had missed a good early chance, who put Oakham ahead.
He latched onto a through ball from Richard Nelson to give Oakham the lead before a hamstring injury curtailed his involvement in the contest.
Ketton then equalised when Lambie lost his man at a corner and Ed Thorpe got the visitors back on level terms with his second goal of the season.
However, Oakham regained the lead 10 minutes before half-time when the ball fell to James North after a scramble in the box and he smashed home from close range.
The goal provided the perfect boost for Oakham who enjoyed the lions share of the play in the second half.
Their third goal arrived when Michael Nelson got to the byline and pulled his low cross back for Jordan Parker to score from close range.
Josh Robertson then latched onto a through ball to fire home the fourth before co-player boss Michael Nelson rounded off a fine night's work for the Rutlanders.
Last season's Peterborough League Premier Division top scorer cut in from the touchline and, as he reached the middle of the 18-yard box, thumped home his first goal of the campaign into the bottom corner.
The defeat left Ketton still seeking their first victory of the Premier Division season after a tough start to the campaign.
They picked up a cracking opening day point against Parson Drove and gave an excellent account of themselves against reigning champions Moulton Harrox at the weekend.
However, their two midweek games in a hectic start to the Peterborough League season, has resulted in 4-1 and 5-1 losses to Stamford Lions and Oakham respectively.
Manager Matt Holdup said: “We competed well in the first half against Oakham.
“But the second half was a complete capitulation. We made the same simple errors at key moments and Oakham punished us.
“My players must start taking on board the points I make and put them into action in order to gain better results.
“It was a very disappointing night. Credit to Oakham and I wish Stewart and his team all the best for the season.”
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