Oakham United Reserves finally registered their first victory of the season with a last-second goal against Long Sutton Reserves in Division Two of the ChromaSport Peterborough League.
Oakham started terribly and were 1-0 down inside five minutes, as Carl Simpson headed a cross into his own net. Oakham didn’t let it get to them though and immediately began to push back, with Sam McCall and Rik Phoenix creating chances from the wings.
When Long Sutton did try and attack, the Oakham defence was more than a match for them, but they did switch off briefly and Long Sutton nearly made it 2-0, but they couldn’t score with several efforts from close range due to some excellent defending and saves from Neil Smith.
Phoenix, McCall, Jamie Saddington and Will Lee all continued to create chances and it was Saddington who equalised, as the ball was sent over the defence and he nudged home after the keeper flapped.
Oakham started the second half in the same way that they finished the first, with plenty of chances being created, but nothing getting through.
They eventually made their pressure count, as Phoenix’s shot was parried into the path of Saddington, who beat a defender before slotting home.
Oakham continued to dominate and should have had a few more goals, as Saddington had chances to earn his hat-trick and Lee came close a couple of times.
But, with just over 10 minutes left Oakham conceded a goal against the run of play when they didn’t clear their lines properly.
Oakham thought they were going to have to settle for a draw, but with just a few seconds left Phoenix worked the ball to Saddington on the left and he hit a low cross right across the front of goal and Simpson made up for his earlier own goal by tapping home the winner from close range.
Oakham: Neil Smith; Alan Wade, Pat Johnson, Aaron Simpson, Carl Simpson; Rik Phoenix, Dion Joyce, Odijie Oboh (Ed Garden), Sam McCall (Lee Joyce); Jamie Saddington, Will Lee. Subs (not used): Jordan Forbes, Dave Grieve
Match sponsor: Ian Bryers Car & Commercial Repairs. Ball Sponsor: Edwards Engineering