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Oakham United beat Netherton United in the Peterborough League Premier Division

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Oakham United enjoyed a confidence boosting 5-2 win over higher-placed opposition in their final home league game of the season on Saturday.

Netherton United were the visitors to Lands’ End Meadows in the Peterborough and District League Premier Division, with seventh-placed Oakham keen to finish as high up the table as possible.

Oakham manager Seb Hayes was more than happy with the result, especially having fielded a weakened side.

Jacob Joyce has scored 12 goals in 11 games for Oakham this season. (55975790)
Jacob Joyce has scored 12 goals in 11 games for Oakham this season. (55975790)

He said: “We had five or six players missing so I was really worried about playing Netherton because they’ve been on a good run of form. But we actually played really well.

“We scored five minutes before half-time but on the balance of play, really for me, at half-time it could have been 4-1 or 4-2.”

Michael Nelson scored the Oakham opener from 30 yards after the Netherton goalkeeper failed to deal with a through ball and Nelson hit it first time.

Hayes said: “I had a good chat at half-time on what we needed to do to step it up.”

Oakham won a penalty in the opening minutes of the second half, put away by Nelson for his second goal of the day.

Netherton then started to wake up a bit and pulled a goal back with a header from a well worked goal.

That goal re-invigorated Oakham and they took a firm control of the game from there on.

Oakham’s two-goal buffer was restored when they hit Netherton on the break and Nelson set up Jacob Joyce who tapped into the bottom corner.

Now 3-1 up, Oakham upped the pressure on Netherton even more and Stuart Lambie made it 4-1 from a free-kick from around 20 yards out, bending the ball around the wall and into the top corner.

Hayes brought on some substitutions and increased their lead with 10 minutes remaining.

Sven Hart picked the ball up on the edge of the Netherton box, beat a couple of players and bent his shot around another defender and into the bottom corner.

Netherton scored a consolation goal after a good eight or 10 man move with pretty much the last kick of the game.

Hayes said: “I said to the lads, it was a must-win game if we wanted to finish above them in the league. We’ve got a game in hand and I think we are two points behind them now.

“Over the 90 minutes, we were the better side for 70-75 minutes of it. To put in that level of performance, playing the football we played, and score the goals we scored, was really, really pleasing.”

The confidence boosting performance should help Oakham as they go into into Saturday’s League Cup quarter-final at home to Warboys Town.

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