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Mixed fortunes for Oakham United in the Peterborough League Premier Division




Oakham manager Seb Hayes wants his side to start developing a ruthless streak to help gain more consistency.

The Rutlanders claimed a superb success last midweek when they defeated in-form Stamford Bels 3-2 in a Peterborough League Premier Division derby when Michael Nelson hit a second half hat-trick for United.

However, a depleted Oakham side were then beaten 2-0 at Crowland Town on Saturday in a game where both sides missed a number of good chances.

Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756003)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756003)

Hayes said: "Bels are a very good attacking side who have scored a lot of goals previously so we knew that we had to be on it.

"They absolutely battered us in the last 15 minutes of the first half and missed two or three clear-cut chances to go ahead.

"I said to the lads at half-time that either they will start taking their chances or we can go out and punish them for not doing that.

Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756028)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756028)

"We raised our game in the second half and, although we went behind twice, it was a really good to win a proper local derby which was what football is all about.

"They didn't like getting beat but that's because they're passionate about it which is something that I love to see.

"I have got nothing but praise for them and what they're trying to do. If they keep playing like that every week then they are going to hurt a lot of teams and will have a very good season."

Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756037)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756037)

First half goals from Jordan Kirchin and Sam Leggett then gave Crowland the clinical edge against Oakham on Saturday to leave Hayes' team with four points from their opening four games.

He added: "We missed two one-on-ones and hit the bar twice and their keeper has made countless saves.

"Crowland have had a lot of chances as well so I'm not saying that we've been hard done by but we didn't take ours at key points in the game which killed us.

Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756032)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756032)

"It's very frustrating at the moment because every team has walked off the pitch knowing that they've been in a game against us.

"I know that hasn't happened with Oakham in the last two seasons but it still isn't good enough for me.

"I don't want to be getting beat but the bigger picture is that it's not going happen overnight which I understand and have to rein myself in at times because I do want success and want to be pushing.

Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756037)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756037)

"We have to start taking our chances throughout the side because, when we don't do that, it puts extra pressure on the defence to keep clean sheets.

"We are getting some components of the team performing and others aren't so what we need is everyone performing at the same time because, when that happens, we get good results.

"It is about applying ourselves and finishing the task that is in front of us."

Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756039)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756039)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756041)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756041)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756043)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756043)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756056)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756056)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756068)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756068)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756005)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756005)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756008)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756008)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756011)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756011)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756013)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756013)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756015)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756015)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756017)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756017)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756026)
Action from Crowland's 2-0 victory over Oakham United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50756026)


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