What a difference a week makes. On Tuesday an error strewn Oakham United were steam rolled 8-2 by Peterborough ICA despite being two goal up after 12 minutes. But on Saturday the players gave their manager the response he was looking for with a 3-0 win over second bottom Ramsey.
The result also took Oakham to ninth in the PDFL Premier, the highest position they have been this season.
Manager Wayne Oldaker said: “On Tuesday we hit the self destruct button and looking back at the goals, individual errors cost us dearly.
“The lads had something to prove because they let themselves down in the week.
“I am pleased of the response from the players and there is still plenty more to come from this team
“On Saturday we were a little bit lackadaisical in front of goal and it could easily have been a lot more.”
United opened the scoring through Nathan Arkle in the 17th minute. The defender scored a powerful header back across the keeper from a Ben Easson corner.
Despite having the majority of the chances and possession Ramsey almost snuck a goal before half time with a long range effort only just going over Liam Cope’s crossbar.
After the break Michael Nelson scored in the 74th minute after receiving the ball on a platter from Stuart Lambie.
Lambie got the ball from a half cleared corner, and from about 12 yards out everyone expected him to shoot, however he passed it to Nelson to fire home from close range.
Oldaker said: “The goal was critical because as soon as that went in they were not interested any more.”
Robbie Dance quickly put the result beyond doubt in the 79th minute. Easson again turned provider. After his initial free-kick was blocked he stroked the rebound into the path of his teammate to score.
Helping Oakham to a clean sheet was new defender Matty Holland. He was signed on dual registration from Yaxley last week along with Joe Hopewell from Peterborough Northern Star and Spalding and former Rutland Rangers goalkeeper Michael Duggan.
Oldaker said the players will bolster his small squad during their run in to the end of the season as they aim to consolidate their midtable position.
They will be available for selection if not required by their current clubs.
United’s assistant manager Andrew Bailey said: “It was important for us to bounce back after a heavy defeat in the week and there was no better way to do it than with a controlled passing display, clean sheet and a few goals.”
Next up for Oakham United are Stilton away on Saturday, kick off 2pm.