Lewis Leckie fueled Oakham United’s assault up the UCL Division One table as he fired a hat-trick to help his side beat Burton Park Wanderers 4-1 on Saturday.
The Tractor Boys’ victory at Sterling Meadows sees them climb to 11th in the league and another win could take them comfortably into the top half of the table which would be some achievement as their first season in the league nears an end.
Oakham have turned around their form in the last month and have now lost just one game in their last six matches, and that was a highly improved performance against runaway league leaders Peterborough Sports. And they have done it in the last couple of weeks without Leckie scoring.
Well it didn’t take him long to get his name on the scoresheet on Saturday, finishing a break away move after just two minutes.
Centre back Matt Holland cleared the danger from a Burton Park free kick, heading the ball to Stu Lambie who found Adam Rothery and he unleashed Leckie to speed clear and beat the visiting goalkeeper. It was not the start the division’s bottom team would have been hoping for.
By the sixth minute Wanderers were 2-0 down. During Oakham’s tough spell the players were told they needed to work harder on the pitch and the second goal came out because midfielder Ewan Crawford chased what looked like a lost cause to win a dangerous free kick deep into the Burton Park half. Lambie curled the set piece in and Dan Jenkins rose the highest to head the ball home.
Lambie and Jenkins were close to combining for a goal again. Another good delivery, this time from a corner, saw Jenkins win his header again but this time the ball was blocked on the line.
Lambie was causing havoc unlocking the Wanderers defence and it was he who played in Leckie after half an hour to set the striker up for his second of the match.
To their credit Burton Park stuck their heels in and began to get into the game either side of the break, helped by a double substitution at half time by the visiting manager. In the 49th minute they pulled a goal back through Scott Richards who chipped John Feetham who was between the sticks for Oakham for a second straight week.
Midway through the second half Oakham scored a superb team goal to turn the tide in the momentum. Adam Rothery took the ball from a throw in and found the impressive James North. He in turn found Crawford who put the ball behind the defence for Leckie to strike.
That’s 30 goals in 31 appearances for Leckie this season.
The score really could have racked up late in the game. Jenkins had another header blocked and Kris Kefford struck a post from a corner delivery.
Leckie had a rare miss as well while new signing Connor Pilbeam, who has joined from Deeping Rangers, was close to marking his debut with a goal but pushed his effort wide.
Next up is a trip to Woodford United on Saturday before playing away at Stewarts & Lloyds on Bank Holiday Monday.
Oakham: John Feetham, Dan Jenkins, Kris Kefford, James North, Richard Nelson, Matt Holland (Sven Hart), Stewart Lambie, Adam Rothery, Lewis Leckie, Andy Sayers (Connor Pilbeam), Ewan Crawford (Jordan Neil).
Burton: Ian Warrender, Jack Weight, Aidan Smith, Liam Piddington, Carl Moran, Oli Magee (Charley Evans), Jake Bindley (Sean King), Chris Gilligan (Matt Coles), Blayne Chester, Aidan Peden, Scott Richards.