“It hurts. It really, really hurts.”
Those were the words of Oakham United manager Wayne Oldaker the morning after his side lost 5-0 to local rivals Bourne Town in the UCL Division One on Tuesday night.
Injury depleted Oakham, playing without any recognised strikers with Lewis Leckie and Richard Nelson out, were taught a lesson in clinical finishing at the Abbey Lawn.
Oldaker said: “Goals win games. They were clinical and we weren’t.
“There was a lack of penetration in the right areas and no cutting edge from us. Without the ball we lacked the heart and desire to get it back.”
The Tractor Boys had the majority of possession and started the game well but lacked that cutting edge.
Bourne on the other hand were lethal when they got a sight of goal.
Henry Dunn, who scored twice against Oakham in their 3-3 draw at Sterling Meadows earlier this season, gave Bourne the lead after just four minutes. Zak Munton delivered a cross from the left and Dunn headed home.
Jake Mason then struck the Oakham crossbar before Sam Wilson doubled the Wakes’ lead in the 21st minute., scoring the first of three long-range efforts on the night.
Oldaker said: “We are slowing the ball down too much, trying to score the perfect goal. Sometimes you have to test the keeper from distance, you’re never going to win the raffle if you don’t buy a ticket. Fair play to Bourne - they had four shots from distance and scored three.”
The shot from distance that didn’t go in only missed the mark by a whisker. Munton thrashed a shot which struck the crossbar and came back and hit Oakham keeper Simon Dalton but he just prevented it going in for an own goal.
Oakham had two golden chances to go get on the scoresheet before half time, Ash Civil had a header pushed onto the bar by Bourne keeper Alex Brown, and then Eddie McDonald also hit the bar with his follow-up header.
The Tractor Boys started well after the break, forcing saves from Brown, blocks by the defence and goalmouth scrambles. However Munton scored a critical goal after 55 minutes, beating Dalton from distance.
United’s Adam Rothery had the ball in the back of the net with a fierce strike but the goal was scrubbed off as the referee judged there had been a foul in the build up.
With eight minutes to go Dan Smith headed a fourth for Bourne and Dunn ran clear of the defence to fire home a fifth. He could have made it three late in the day but Matt Holland blocked his effort which looked goal-bound.
Oakham dropped down to seventh with the loss.