Ben Easson scored a double to earn Oakham United a share of the points against Thrapston Town on Saturday.
The Tractor Boys came back to draw the UCL Division One tie at Sterling Meadows 2-2.
While it was Easson finishing the chances the star of the show was midfield maestro Robbie Pearce. He unlocked a tight Thrapston defence which Houdini would have done well to get through. In the final stages of the match he worked hard to get to a throw-in in the corner, took the ball but was boxed in by defenders, however an audacious step-over put the defence on their heels and he put the ball through the player’s legs and delivered the ball on a plate for Easson to score. Oakham had taken the lead on the half hour mark in slightly less gracious circumstances as Easson managed to find the back of the net after he sparked a goalmouth scramble when his original header came back off the woodwork.
United’s back four of Gav Cooke, Matt Holland, Kris Kefford and Jamie North, marshalled by new recruit John Feetham in goal, had a good day but just four minutes after going ahead they were beaten when Liam Hanley fired a shot into the top corner. Just minutes into the second half and the visitors were ahead thanks to their own moment of magic. Thrapston’s top scorer Jedd Whiteman lobbed the ball over everyone to score.
However leads were short lived in this match and three minutes later Easson finished off Pearce’s great set-up.
In the end Oakham went agonisingly close to taking all three points when Pearce struck the bar with a shot from distance. The rebound fell to the inform Adam Rothery but he was unable to get a clean shot off.
As it is the Tractor Boys finish the year in a comfortable sixth place in the league, the best placed team in the local area. That’s some achievement for a side in their first season in the United Counties League.
Oakham: John Feetham, Dan Jenkins, Gav Cooke, Matty Holland, Kris Kefford, Adam Rothery, Tom Caldicott (James North, 87), Ben Easson, Sven Hart (Jamie Maxwell, 68), Robbie Pearce, Richard Nelson.