Oakham take control at the top, Crowland climb away from the bottom

Action from a 5-0 win for Moulton Harrox at Uppingham. Photo: David Lowndes.
Action from a 5-0 win for Moulton Harrox at Uppingham. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Oakham United took a firm grip on the Peterborough Premier Division title on Saturday (March 14).

While the Rutland-based side were winning comfortably at Leverington, their main challengers Coates Athletic were slipping to a shock defeat at Pinchbeck United.

Ben Eason, Lewis Leckie, Richard Nelson and Daniel Jenkins scored in a 4-1 win for Oakham who are now a point clear of Coates with a game in hand.

Adam Abell and Mark Lovelace were the men on target in a 2-1 win for Pinchbeck with Jake Pell replying for Coates.

At the other end of the table Crowland’s bid to avoid relegation gathered momentum with a hard-fought 2-0 home win over Riverside. Teddy Paling and Stephen Wells scored the goals for Crowland who now have two teams below them in table.

Leverington are bottom and just above them are Holbeach United Reserves who went down 2-1 at Langtoft. Talal Kamara and Jacob Smitheringale scored for Langtfoft with John Smith claiming the Holbeach consolation.

ICA Sports are up to third after a 4-2 win in a bruising encounter at Thorney. Joshua Smith (2), Simon-Luc Farrow and Sam Makansi netted for ICA with Dean Pruden-Carr and Scott Muthwaite replying for Thorney. Daniel Retzlaff of Thorney was sent off and the villagers also had four other players cautioned.

Stilton dropped down a place to fourth after a 1-1 draw at Netherton United. Dwayne Rankin scored for the home side with Christopher Gordon’s goal earning Stilton a decent point.

Ian Bradbury and Billy King both scored twice at Moulton Harrox won 5-0 at Uppingham Town.

RESULTS

March 11

Netherton 0, Peterborough Sports Reserves 1 (Cox).

March 14

Premier Division

Crowland 2 (Paling, Wells), Riverside 0.

Langtoft United 2 (Kamara, Smitheringale), Holbeach United Res 1 (Smith)

Leverington 1, Oakham United 4 (Eason, Leckie, Jenkins, Nelson).

Netherton United 1 (Rankin), Stilton United 1 (Gordon).

Pinchbeck United 2 (Abell, Lovelace), Coates Athletic 1 (Pell).

Thorney 2 (Murthwaite, Pruden-Carr), ICA Sports 4 (Smith 2, Makansi, Farrow)

Uppingham Town 0, Moulton Harrox 5 (Bradbury 2, King 2, Patterson).

Table

Oakham United 25 17 4 3 48 58 *

Coates Athletic 27 17 6 4 48 57

ICA Sports 26 16 3 7 19 51

Stilton United 24 15 5 4 18 50

*Moulton Harrox 25 13 5 6 25 47

*Netherton United 25 12 7 6 36 46

Langtoft United 27 14 2 11 9 44

Pinchbeck United 22 11 7 4 17 40

Thorney 28 9 6 13 -14 33

*Peterborough Sports Res 21 9 2 10 -14 32

Sawtry 24 9 3 12 -3 30

Uppingham Town 28 8 3 17 -15 27

Riverside 27 8 2 17 -30 26

*Deeping Rangers Reserves 25 5 4 15 -39 18

Crowland Town 28 4 5 19 -57 17

*Holbeach United Res 25 4 4 17 -28 15

*Leverington Sports 23 7 2 13 -20 13

*Points adjustment