“We have something to prove, a score to settle.” Those were the words of Oakham United boss Wayne Oldaker ahead of his side’s League KO Cup clash with Bourne Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night, kick off 7.45pm.
Oldaker and Oakham feel they have a score to settle because the Wakes beat Oakham 5-0 in a shock result in the UCL Division One earlier this month.
In their first class at Sterling Meadows the sides drew 3-3 with Oakham making most of the running but Bourne finished clinically and ruthlessly in their second meeting to take home all three points and the bragging rights.
Oldaker said: “It hurt, that was a painful defeat. I hope the boys react to it because it hurt deep. It really struck a nerve.”
Oakham are suffering a horrendous run of injuries at the moment and go into the game with out the likes of their top-scorer Lewis Leckie.
However Richard and Michael Nelson are both defying doctor’s recommendations to make themselves available to play, with Richard playing with a broken bone in his foot.
Oldaker said: “If they want to play I am not going to knock them. We need some of that old fashioned grit and determination.”
The Tractor Boys could find themselves short of a keeper tomorrow though with Jamie Lowndes injured on Saturday with a shoulder problem and Simon Dalton battling back from his own injury.
Ironically former Oakham stopper Alex Brown will probably be starting between the sticks for Bourne after switching allegiances earlier this season.
The bad news for Bourne is they will be missing striker Henry Dunn who has starred against Oakham both times the sides have met this season, scoring a brace in each game.
Dunn hobbled off the pitch on Saturday in the Wakes’ 0-0 draw with Woodford after he was clobbered in a tackle 20 minutes from time.
The full extent of his injury is not known at this time.
Bourne could also be without Dan Wilson and Sam Beech but look set to see Jake Mason return.