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Oakham United beat Netherton United in the Peterborough League Premier Division





Oakham United head into a massive match on Saturday with their confidence boosted after halting a three-game losing run.

The Rutland side entertain Moulton Harrox in the semi-final of the Peterborough Senior Cup at Newton Fallowell Meadow.

They go into the crucial contest looking to book a cup final date at Peterborough United's Weston Homes Stadium on the back of a 3-2 away success at Netherton United at the weekend.

Jamar Dobson. Photo: Dan Allen
Jamar Dobson. Photo: Dan Allen

The victory ensured a return to winning ways in the Peterborough League Premier Division after defeats against Stamford Bels, Stanground Sports and Whittlesey Reserves.

Assistant manager Dave Meadows said: "It was important to get the win because it's a massive match for us on Saturday.

"Hopefully it has given us a bit of a lift for the weekend because, if you look at the results last Saturday, then it shows that everyone can beat everyone in this division.

"We've got a decent chance if we turn up. We know what we're going to get with Moulton and it's just how we cope against them.

"It would be awesome to get the final with it being played at Peterborough United this season."

United went into the game with manager Lea Jordan taking on the goalkeeping duties with regular number one John Swales getting injured last weekend while Ryan Venters was unavailable.

Last season's custodian Jamie Stephens remained at the heart of the Oakham defence as they began brightly on the 3G surface at the Grange.

A penalty from Stewart Lambie put Oakham ahead, however, they let their control of the contest wane and Netherton hit back to equalise.

That sparked Oakham back into life and Cardin Pierre Liverpool latched onto a through ball following a quick break to restore their lead.

Netherton again rallied as Oakham let their standards drop and the hosts got back on level terms for a second time.

However, parity was short-lived as Oakham won possession and found Will Pearce-Smith who beat his full-back before seeing his cross deflected upwards for Jamar Dobson to head home from close range and secure a welcome win for Oakham.

Parker-Meadows added: "It was a better performance on Saturday which was nice to see. We kept going which was the important thing.

"We started off really well and I felt we were the better team for the first 25 minutes. We pressed them well and didn't give them any time on the ball.

"We got the first goal but that was when we seemed to go back into our shell again. We sat off and let them create chances and they deserved the equaliser.

"To our credit, it seemed to kick ourselves into life again. We re-took the lead but then it seemed to repeat itself again.

"Each time we scored, we took it too easy, but we kept going and got the third almost straight away after they had equalised again. We held on sensibly and didn't look like conceding any more."

Oakham Reserves went down to a 7-0 home defeat on Saturday against Division Two leaders Peterborough Rangers. They visit King's Cliffe this weekend.



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