Oakham United are beaten in the FA Vase after extra-time defeat at Kirby Muxloe
Oakham United joint boss Stewart Lambie wants his side to replicate their excellent FA Vase efforts on a regular basis.
The Rutland side bowed out of the prestigious national competition on Saturday after an extra-time defeat against higher level Kirby Muxloe.
The Midland League Division One hosts secured their success in the second period of additional time of the first qualifying round clash.
Lambie was delighted with the efforts of his side and wants to see more of the same when they return to Peterborough League Premier Division action this weekend.
He said: “I was pleased with the performance - if not the result. I don't think we could have done much more.
"I couldn't fault any of the players' work-rate or desire which was very encouraging because it shows that if we work hard then we'll do well.
"But that's the frustrating thing because we're not doing it week in, week out which is becoming an issue.”
Both sides exchanged chances in the opening period with Kirby firing a good opening wide while Michael Nelson brought a flying save out of the home goalkeeper.
Oakham then fell behind in the opening period of the clash with an effort which goalkeeper Connor Barker felt he should have done better with as Daniel Barber’s effort from wide on the left crept in at the far post.
Richard Nelson headed over from a Steve Mastin corner as Oakham responded before the central defensive partnership of Nelson and Matt Richmond made crucial blocks to prevent Kirby from doubling their lead.
United introduced Kieran Burley at the break and he equalised early in the second half when he converted at the back post from a Josh Gooding cross.
Kirby regained the lead again when Suleiman Nassor’s low strike beat Barker at the near post, but Burley got Oakham back on level terms with a stunning strike as he cut in from the left and unleashed a fine strike into the bottom corner of the home net.
Barker made a fine reaction save to keep Oakham on level terms before excelling late on with a double spot kick save after Lambie had been penalised for a foul.
Barker made a superb stop from the first effort, but was adjudged to have moved off his line. However, despite the second penalty going in a different direction, he again excelled to send the tie into extra time.
Chances were few and far between in the opening half of extra-time, despite Lambie being sin-binned for Oakham, before Kirby finally found a way through after the interval.
Barker came out to punch the ball but, in doing so, collided with United defender Kris Kefford which left the Oakham goalkeeper unconscious. Joe Simpson pounced immediately on the loose ball and fired home.
Oakham, who had used all their substitutes, were then forced to finish with 10 men with the returning Lambie taking over the goalkeeping duties and they were unable to find another way back into the contest.
They are back on Premier Division duty this weekend when they travel to face a Peterborough Polonia side who had four players sent off in their defeat at Moulton Harrox last Saturday.
Richmond is unavailable for Oakham who will also be without Sam Munton as he serves the second match of a three-game ban.
Oakham: Barker, Kefford, R Nelson, Richmond, Gooding, Bates, North, Mastin, Lambie, M Nelson, Brockbank. Subs all used: Burley, Lopes, Maxwell, Parker.
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