SOMETIMES you need a bit of luck to win things and Oundle certainly enjoyed their fair share against Riverside.
Despite failing to hit the heights on Saturday, Oundle still found a way to get the win they needed to keep themselves in the mix for the Blue Zone title.
With chances at a premium it was Archie Thorpe who broke the dead lock just before half time when his cross-shot found its way into the back of the Riverside net.
It was a stroke of fortune but according to Oundle boss Jamie Francis his side have earned their own luck this season.
He said: “We may not be the prettiest team to watch but we are one of the most effective in this division. We work our socks off to break down our opponents’ play and it is an approach that works for us.
“Okay we were fortunate to beat Riverside on Saturday but we deserved a bit of luck and we are all now really looking forward to our final game of the season against Feeder. Because we beat Riverside, if we now defeat Feeder we win the league so it will be a very exciting game in two weeks time.”
It was Riverside who started the strongest and had Ben Schulze been able to make a better contact on Joe Potter’s excellent pass in the early stages, the visitors would have taken the lead.
Minutes later Marcus Goymour volleyed just wide for Riverside as Oundle rode their luck before taking the lead in fortunate circumstances.
Thorpe had done well down the wing as he weaved his way past two Riverside players before sending a dangerous cross into the penalty area.
No-one in the Riverside defence was able to get a head on Thorpe’s high ball and the flight caught out goalkeeper Dylan Coles who was powerless to prevent the ball flying into the top corner.
And that was that as far as clear-cut scoring chances were concerned and with Tyler Francis and Sean Buckley plugging the gaps for Oundle there was no way back for Riverside.
“I said to their manager after the game that they might not be the most attractive team but they are very good at grinding other teams down,” said Riverside boss Dominic Goymour.
“It could have been different had we scored with either of our early chances but after that we really didn’t have too many openings. They got the bit of the luck they needed and good luck to them.”