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Oakham United lose to Leverington Sports in Peterborough League Premier Division clash

Manager Graeme Archer is desperate for his Oakham United’s side run of bad luck to end.

The Rutland club fell to a third successive Peterborough League Premier Division defeat after a 2-1 away reversal at Leverington on Saturday.

The defeat saw them leap-frogged in the table by their triumphant Fenland hosts and are now third-from-bottom in the standings.

Graeme Archer. (28501860)
Graeme Archer. (28501860)

The Oakham boss is also still seeking his first win after eight games at the Lands’ End Meadow helm and again felt his team didn’t get the rub of the green on Saturday.

He was unhappy at seeing his side have a late goal ruled out for offside for the second time in the last three games.

Archer said: “We just can’t seem to catch a break at the moment and need this bad luck to end because it keeps hitting us when we’re down.

“Apart from last week when our heads went after conceding a second goal against ICA Sports, I can’t fault the effort and work-rate of the players.

“We didn’t deal with a long throw-in for their second goal on Saturday, but then scored what was a perfectly good goal with about 10 minutes left.

“Their linesman has flagged for offside and, just like a couple of weeks ago against Peterborough North End Sports, it has been disallowed.

“I don’t want it to sound like sour grapes because we’ve lost the game, but another points-making decision has done against us.

“These things are happening when the games are finely poised and we’ve now gone from potentially having six extra points to losing both games.

“We are in a dogfight now and desperately need our luck to change.”

Philip Andre. (28501864)
Philip Andre. (28501864)

Oakham had last tasted victory when they defeated Leverington 4-1 at home in the middle of September.

But the rapidly-improving hosts went into Saturday’s match having won their last two Premier Division clashes.

They took the lead through Dale Palmer before Oakham got back on level terms before half-time in a wind-swept contest.

Philip Andre made a strong run down the left following a great first touch before surging into the area and firing home.

However, Leverington regained the lead after the break when Palmer rose unchallenged to head home from a long throw into the Oakham box.

The visitors rallied and thought they had earned a share of the spoils when Shaun Archer’s header from a free-kick was bundled home only for the linesman’s flag to disallow the effort for

Archer added: “It was very frustrating because we felt we should have earned at least a point.

“We’ve just to battle on though because we aren’t losing games heavily.

“Most of the defeats have been by just one goal so hopefully this bad luck will start to change.”

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