Oakham feel the force of heavyweight’s punch
Can anyone stop Peterborough Sports in the UCL Division One this season. On the evidence of Wednesday night the answer is no - few teams are going to be able to match them going forward and break them down at the back.
Oakham are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the league this season and while they became the first team to score a goal against Sports on their travels in 2015/16 they could not keep them out at the other end, losing 5-1.
Peterborough have now got a record of 12 wins from 12 games, scoring an average of more than five goals a game, and they did not look at risk ending their perfect start to the season at Sterling Meadows.
Oakham were picking the ball out the back of their net for the first time after 10 minutes. Peterborough’s height was a trouble all night, and when a cross from Jack Bloodworth left United stopper Simon Dalton in no man’s land Karl Gibbs headed in at the back post.
Oakham were living off scraps as Peterborough bullied possession. Ben Easson was pulled back for a foul when he looked to have got away from the defence and Richard Nelson went close with a volley from distance.
Next to score for Sports was the division’s top scorer Avelino Vieria’s, who headed in a Cobb cross to score his 29th goal of the year.
Just before the break the league’s second top scorer Karl Gibbs forced Dalton into a cracking save, but Peterborough just recycled the ball and Jordan McLeod bent the ball into the top corner of Dalton’s net.
Peterborough’s strength in depth is ludicrous. After the break they brought on former Daniels duo Josh Moreman, a striker, and midfielder Dan Lawlor. Both men play for Sports on duel registration from Evo-Stik First Division South side Spalding United, a good couple of divisions higher.
Moreman, who has scored 12 goals in 20 games for Spalding, got an assist with his first touch, which saw him open up the Oakham defence with a cross for Gibbs to head home for his second of the night.
Oakham kept fighting, Andy Sayers struck a defiant volley goalwards but there was no way back for the Tractor Boys. A Mark Cox header rattled the United crossbar from a corner before Jake Sansby made it 5-0. He cut in from the right and hit a shot along the ground, off the post and in.
The consolation goal came a minute from full-time from the penalty spot. Ash Civil was fouled in the box and Easson converted from 12 yards out.
Oakham now need to regroup quickly before they take on third place Rushden and Higham United away from home tomorrow. The Rutland side remain in fifth place in the league.