Oakham United look like they belong after first away win

Oakham United shoot straight to the top of the UCL Division One table with victory over Buckingham Town. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150408-120157001
Oakham United shoot straight to the top of the UCL Division One table with victory over Buckingham Town. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150408-120157001
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Any doubts Oakham United not only belong, but will be highly competitive in the UCL Division One, should be put to bed now.

The new season may only be two weeks old but Oakham sit second in the league, behind Trapston Town only by goal difference, after recording a 3-0 victory away at Wellingborough Whitworth on Saturday.

The Tractor Boys opened their campaign, after winning promotion as champions of the PDFL Premier Division last season, with a 5-2 victory at Sterling Field over Buckingham Town.

However in many ways Saturday’s triumph was a step up through the gears again as Wellingborough finished seventh in the league in 2014/15.

Richard Nelson opened Oakham’s account in just the third minute to give them an excellent start.

Defender Dan Jenkins, an unlikely goalscorer last week, got on the score sheet again when he notched the second of the match six minutes before half time.

Lewis Leckie, who is already scoring at a rate of a goal a game, in fact both Nelson and Jenkins are matching him on that front, wrapped up the win after 71 minutes.

The win was all the more impressive because Oakham manager Wayne Oldaker was forced to reshuffle his winning side after captain Eddie McDonald broke his hand in the 10th minute of United’s opening game of the season. He played on and scored but missed the game at the weekend and will be out for the next five weeks while it recovers.

Oakham: Simon Dalton, Dan Jenkins, Ashley Chamberlain (Andy Sayers), Richard Nelson, Ben Cox, Matt Holland, Robbie Pearce (Craig Welbourn), Adam Rothery, Lewis Leckie (Seb Archer-Fern), Stewart Lambie, Robbie Dance.