Oakham unable to convert dominance into points

Action from Oakham United against Thrapston Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151221-100130001
Action from Oakham United against Thrapston Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151221-100130001
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Oakham United’s 3-2 defeat to Woodford United in the UCL Division One means the Rutland side have now not tasted victory in their last eight games, or two months.

They have picked up a pair of draws in that run of results but that has not stopped them slipping from seventh on 10th.

Oakham stormed out the blocks on Saturday as they took the lead over Woodford with less than a minute gone.

But despite dominating the first half United failed to add to their tally before the break and in the end that came back to haunt them.

Lewis Leckie was the man who got the Tractor Boys off the mark, netting his 22nd goal of the season, this time heading in a dangerous cross from Gav Cooke from a nicely worked short corner routine.

But that second goal just would not come, Leckie beat everyone again but could only smash the ball against the post and new signing James Hill-Seekings went close as well.

Just two minutes after the break and the visitors to Sterling Meadows were level when Joe Henderson was gifted a goal.

But Oakham were not done, and rather than roll over they came back at Woodford and were ahead again midway through the half when Ben Easson found a classy finish to a great cross from full back Dan Jenkins.

Woodford replied quickly when Lewis Travers finished at the far post and in the closing stages of the match Oakham’s nightmare came true when Justin McKenzie gave the visitors the lead for the first time in the match and they held on for the remaining five minutes to see out the win.

The victory sees Woodford climb up to 14 in the UCL Division One while the Rutland side continue their slide down the table, dropping one place to 10th.

Oakham are now approaching a big 10 days. First they welcome Northampton ON Chenecks to Barleythorpe, very much in need of a win in the league, before arguably their biggest game of the season, the semi-final of the Leicestershire and Rutland Senior Cup on Tuesday night against Aylestone Park. The match will take place at the neutral Barrow Town ground, Riverside Park. The following Saturday they return to Sterling Meadows to face Long Buckby.

Oakham: Andy Collin, Dan Jenkins, Gav Cook, Richard Nelson, Kris Kefford, Ben Easson, Robbie Pearce, Adam Rothery, Sven Hart, Lewis Leckie, James Hill-Seekings (Seb Archer-Fern, 75 minutes). Subs unused: Euan Crawford and James North.