Oakham United came unstuck against probably the best side in the league on Saturday, losing 1-0 at home to Peterborough ICA Sports.
Sports are only third in the PDFL Premier Division but have three games in hand on the leaders Netherton United and have not dropped a point yet, going unbeaten in their first six games of the season.
How the game ended 1-0 is anyone’s guess as both sides carved out countless opportunities to score. Oakham skipper Michael Nelson playing up front with Robbie Pearce had the best of the home side’s chances and Kyle Orange had four golden opportunities to increase the deficit but thankfully for Oakham the visiting striker had left his shooting boots at home.
Peterborough went ahead in just the fourth minute of the game. A poor clearance from the United defence fell to Andrew Wayte who curled the ball in from 20 yards over the stranded Simon Dalton who was caught in no man’s land.
Oakham assistant manager Andrew Bailey said: “How the game has finished 1-0 I don’t know because both sides had so many chances it is unbelievable. But luck was just not on our side today.
“Its two weeks on the trot where we have conceded the goal in the first five minutes and ultimately today its after 5 minutes that has cost us.”
Pearce had a good chance to level the scores when he was put through into space but the Sports defence did exceptionally well to get back and snuff out the danger.
Then came the first of Orange’s missed chances. He too was put in one-on-one with the keeper but could only push his effort wide. While Dalton was lucky on that occasion he made more than one exceptional save during the 90 minutes.
The first came from a free kick that was whipped around the wall but expertly dealt with by the United stopper.
Nelson then worked Callum Essam in the Peterborough goal with a well-struck shot from a tight angle but he was a alert to the effort.
Then game Dalton’s great save of the match. Again Orange got into a brilliant position and had just the keeper to beat but his low drive was stopped by a strong right hand as Dalton rushed at the striker.
After the break Dalton had a moment of poor judgement when he rushed out in Neurer-esque fashion to intercept the long ball. However unlike the German World Cup winner he missed the ball completely and could only watch as Orange struck for his empty net; however again the striker flashed his shot across the face of the goal.
Nelson threatened with an ambitious overhead kick but pushed his effort wide.
There was a constant niggle to the game and late in the day Jamie Forbes paid the price, receiving a second yellow for a terrible tackle, which would have been better suited to a rugby pitch.
Oakham dropped down from fourth at the start of the day to sixth. They travelled to Moulton Harrow last night.