City side’s boss remains bullish despite a very lucky draw

Pictured  is the Netherton team that drew with Oakham. From the left they are, back, Dwayne Rankine, Eddie Patten, Scott Taylor, Chris Hansford, Ben Carter, Jake Sansby, Harry Fitzjohn, front, Tommy Randall, Craig Spink, Connor Godden, Steve Mastin and Chris Wright.
Pictured is the Netherton team that drew with Oakham. From the left they are, back, Dwayne Rankine, Eddie Patten, Scott Taylor, Chris Hansford, Ben Carter, Jake Sansby, Harry Fitzjohn, front, Tommy Randall, Craig Spink, Connor Godden, Steve Mastin and Chris Wright.

Netherton manager Jon Harrison admits his side were fortunate to claim a point from their Premier Division clash with title favourites Oakham last weekend.

But the competition’s most straight-talking boss won’t be changing his opinion that he rather than city-based Oakham chief Wayne Oldaker manages the best team in the league.

Oakham took the lead at the Grange with a goal from Edward McDonald with Netherton equalising two minutes from time through Jake Sansby.

The visitors then saw a ‘goal’ harshly ruled out by referee Sarah Grundy in injury time.

“Oakham were better than us on the day,” Harrison admitted. “But you don’t always get what you deserve.

“We played at 50% of our potential and didn’t wake up until the last 10 minutes.

“Oakham probably can’t play much better and they should have won. I watched the highlights of the match on the Oakham YouTube channel and their ‘goal’ at the end shouldn’t have been disallowed.It was a good point for us in the end and we are well in touch at the top.

“We have Thorney away this weekend and hopefully they will suffer a backlash from our poor performance last weekend.

“We won’t be taking them lightly though as Thorney were very unlucky to lose at our place on the opening day of the season. We probably won’t have a game after this one for two weeks, but we will catch up on our fixtures in January because we will play on our 3G pitch when other games are called off.”

The 1-1 draw at the Grange was a good result for Coates Athletic as it kept them top of the table ahead of their game this weekend at Holbeach Reserves. Netherton and Oakham have several games in hand though.