Oakham United bow out of Peterborough Senior Cup after defeat to Leverington
Oakham’s quest for consistency continues as a week of highs was ended by a low at Leverington on Saturday.
Sam Munton was sent off in the opening 15 minutes as Oakham bowed out of the Peterborough Senior Cup after a 1-0 defeat in an ill-tempered first round clash.
That took the shine off what had been a good week for the Rutland club who had netted their first Premier Division win of the season last Tuesday after a 5-1 home success over near neighbours Ketton.
They were then further boosted by the award of three points following a hearing into their opening match of the season against Parson Drove.
Drove made four substitutions during the clash – Premier Division rules permit three – and were docked the three points which were then awarded to Oakham despite the Rutlanders losing the game 3-0.
Joint Oakham manager Stewart Lambie commented: “I would have been alright with them just docking Parson Drove the three points.
“We didn't really deserve anything from the game, but if that's the decision then we're not going to turn them down.
“Unfortunately we’re just not getting any consistency in our results at the moment though – both in having players available and performances on the pitch.
"The first half wasn't great on Saturday. The work-rate wasn't good enough again and it was an uphill struggle with 10 men especially in that heat.
"I couldn't fault the effort in the second half though and we probably should have won the game, but missed some really good chances.”
Michael Nelson headed an early opportunity over from a Kris Kefford cross before Leverington had penalty appeals for hand-ball turned down after a close range shot hit Munton.
The Oakham defender then reacted angrily to a late tackle and was dismissed for violent conduct to leave the visitors with 10 men for 75 minutes.
The hosts then took the lead as Oakham hesitated as a ball ran towards the byline thinking it had gone out of their play.
Leverington took full advantage and, although goalkeeper Connor Barker made a smart block to keep out the initial shot, Thomas Crowson snapped up rebound to fire home.
Barker then had to produce a couple of spectacular saves after the break to ensure United stayed in the game before they mounted a late rally.
Steve Mastin had a free-kick well saved before James North saw his goalbound effort somehow kept out by the Leverington custodian.
Matt Richmond looped a header against the crossbar before Nelson was denied late on by a save from close range as Leverington held out for their first victory in all competitions this season.
Oakham, who brought on new signing Anderson Uduovie for his debut on Saturday, are in cup action again this weekend when they travel to Kirby Muxloe in the FA Vase.
The annual Barry Clarke memorial match took place at Oakham United on Sunday morning with the younger Imps side getting the better of their more senior counterparts.
Rob McDonald had given the United Veterans the lead in the seventh staging of the match against former players from Oakham Imps.
However, the Imps hit back with Dill Mullineaux equalising before Darren Short struck what proved to be the winner - despite the veterans appealing for offside.
There were no goals in the second half although both teams had several chances to score.
The event raises money for EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) and Sunday's total has taken them well over the £5,000 mark since the first match was held.
Vets: Steve Hall, Barry Flavell, Neil Duncan, Lee Joyce, Pat Johnson, Dion Joyce, Stu Lambie, Rob McDonald, Brian Cooper, Adam Feely, Gary Munton, Ade White, Paul Gray, George Johnson, Thomas Cann, Lewis Duncan, Taylor Chamberlain.
Imps: Shane Hicks, Jamie Farr, Martin Owers, Nathan Bottomley, Rhys Grieve, Darren Short, Mike Reeson, Dave Hudson, Tane Scott, Danny Foster, Ed Garden, Dill Mullineaux, Gary Rix, George Maxwell.