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 Oakham battlers overwhelmed by Hinckley power


Rat Race Young Mucker 2016

 

Oakham United

1

Hinckley AFC

5

Lewis Leckie

 

Ryan Seal 3

 
   

Isaac Cooper

 
   

Javia Roberts

 

 

Oakham were overwhelmed in this County Cup final at Holmes Park, Leicester,  by a Hinckley side who underlined the deadly scoring prowess which has brought them over 130 goals this season.

Their intentions were clear from the off as they swarmed forward with pace and power. They wanted to dominate the tie and, after a couple of spirited early runs from Ben Easson - one of Oakham's few real successes on the night - clearly had the upper hand.

 

Roared on by their own large following in a crowd of nearly 300, they made full use of the spacious, large and beautiful playing surface to pressure the Tractor Boys defence.

'The East Midlands side swept away' 


Immediate intent was given when an Adam Rothery pass was intercepted by Hinckley's highly mobile centre back, Alex Penny, and the East Midlands side swept away for Sean Williams to see his vicious effort blocked.

 

Almost immediately, Javia Roberts forced Oakham keeper John Feetham to clutch his header but they were ahead on eight minutes when skipper Ryan Seal added to his 34 goals this season by whipping the ball home from close range.

 

Seal was outstanding, often coming unmarked from deep, and he might have had a second almost immediately but Feetham beat away his effort before producing a great block to thwart Isaac Cooper.

 

Williams was proving a constant thorn in Oakham's side and after he crossed on 15 minutes, Cooper hurtled in to hammer home the second.

 

The evening began to look ominous on 25 minutes when Roberts thrashed in an unstoppable drive for 3-0 soon after Feetham had brilliant used is feet to block away an effort from the same player.

 

Hinckley were warming for a bigger onslaught but the momentum was taken out of their game soon after when Lee Butler mysteriously saw red.

 

Stamping was later rumoured to be the cause but even Oakham players remained puzzled. Richard Nelson and Gav Cooke both made timely interventions and, as Oakham, who battled throughout, came more into the game, Lewis Leckie so very nearly got a touch to a Stu Lambie pass.

 

The latter was another who worked hard throughout a difficult evening. Oakham's cause wasn't helped on 28 minutes when Dan Jenkins had to come off for a reoccurring injury. He was replaced by Connor Pilbeam

'Thumped home a brilliant angled effort'

The sanctuary of half time brought a much needed regrouping and, within five minutes of the restart, Lewis Leckie, who had been starved of the ball for long spells, thumped home a brilliant, angled effort. It was great to see a glimpse of what the striker can do, this his 32nd of the season.

 

Parity was restored a minute later, however, when Seal pushed on to round the overworked Feetham and make it 4-1. He was to complete his hat trick on 60 minutes to complete the scoring - but it could have been six when Marcus Jackson curled a free kick round the wall, Feetham tipping it on to the post and away for a corner. The keeper continued to be tested and produced an excellent smothering save at Seal’s feet in the dying minutes.

 

It had been a better second half for the Rutland side who found themselves up against a very good and very well supported team.

 

Oakham

Match Stats

Hinckley

     

7

Total Shots

24

1

Shots On Target

11

4

Shots Off Target

9

2

Shots Blocked

4

4

Free Kicks

7

2

Corners

7

3

Offside

2

0

Yellow Cards

0

0

Red Cards

1

 

Oakham: John Feetham, Dan Jenkins (Connor Pilbeam, 28 mins), Kris Kefford, James North (Sven Hart, 65), Gav Cooke, Richard Nelson, Ben Easson, Adam Rothery, Lewis Leckie, Stu Lambie, Euan Crawford (Andy Sayers). Subs unused: Matt Holland, Richard Phoenix.

 

Hinckley: Tom Cross, Marcus Jackson, Lee Thomas (David Blenkensopp, 75 mins), Mitchell Tomlinson, Alex Penny, Lee Butler, Sean Williams (Ramsay Dickson, 80) Darius Darkin, Ryan Seal, Javia Roberts (Michael Harvey, 50), Isaac Cooper.

 

Burghley Game and Country Fair 2016


Published: 04/05/2016





 
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