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Oakham United held to fourth draw of the season

Action from Oakham United against Irchester United in the UCL Division One. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150914-142206001
Action from Oakham United against Irchester United in the UCL Division One. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150914-142206001

Even a double from Oakham United goal machine Lewis Leckie could not earn a victory for the Tractor Boys on Saturday as three errors cost them three goals and maximum points.

Leckie, who is firing at better than a goal a game this season, was the first name on the scoreboard when he bundled in a cross from Eddie McDonald after just five minutes of play away at mid-table Lutterworth Athletic.

But Oakham failed to deal with a bouncing ball midway through the first half and Lutherworth’s Jordan Pick was first to react, beating Simon Dalton in the Oakham goal.

Oakham currently sit second in UCL Division One but their defence is an area of slight concern.

While the strike force has had no problem adjusting to the step-up in quality following promotion last season, United have recorded just one clean sheet so far this term in the league.

However in the 26th minute Leckie was back in the thick of the action, bursting into the box at pace before being brought down by illegal means.

He dusted himself off and took the spot kick, sending the Lutterworth keeper the wrong way.

But this time the lead was to last just three minutes as Danny Laywood capitalised on another error to make it 2-2.

The first half goalscoring was not yet finished, though, and Ben Easson finally got the better of the Lutherworth keeper, who had saved his efforts on several occasions, to score with seven minutes left in the half.

Oakham were unable to hang onto their lead after the break, buckling just ten minutes after the interval.

The Tractor Boys went in search of a winner but this time they came up short.

Oakham were due to play Lutterworth Athletic in the Hinchingbrooke Cup last night before turning their attention back to league action on Saturday when they host Bugbrooke St Michaels.

Oakham: Simon Dalton, Dan Jenkins, James Dalby, Stu Lambie, Craig Welbourn, Eddie McDonald (Ash Civil, 59 mins), Adam Rothery, Robbie Pearce, Ben Easson, Sven Hart (Andy Sayers, 73 mins), Lewis Leckie.

Subs not used: Ash Chamberlain and Wayne Oldaker.


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