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Little Oakley
May & Baker
R Harman (31'), B James (40'), L Mayhew (52'), P Maina (88')
Full time
Sat 23 Feb 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - First Division South Attendance 128

Oakley get revenge


Two goals in each half saw Oakley gain revenge on the heavy away defeat earlier in the season.

An early free kick fell to the visitors just outside the Oakley area. Dan Joyce left space for the kick for Dickens to take aim just wide of the post. The visitors were beginning to play the ball around well and it was Dickens again who took a shot from distance that went well over. On ten minutes, Rory Harman found Josh Merritt who spotted Harry Mann`s run and saw him curl his effort past keeper Martin`s near post. Harman was caught isolated and O`whadey fed Kitoko who volleyed well wide. For all of the visitors attacking, their options were always kept at a distance against a well drilled Oakley defence. A Dickens effort saw Joyce push away from danger. From this Oakley broke out and caught the visitors napping and released Luke Mayhew but his cross across the face of goal had too much power on it. Oakley`s Joss Neale got caught out on the half way and a tangle with O`whadey saw Neale receive a caution. The deadlock was broken on the half hour when Oakley were awarded a free kick and delivered into a crowded area by Jay Barker headed clear they thought as Perry Harman took aim from 30 yards out sending a volley past a surprised Martin in the May & Baker goal nestling into the corner of the net to send the home side in joyous scenes. Oakley went searching for a second and should have added minutes later with Martin out of his area, Mayhew crossed for Greg Rodger to turn and shoot well over.
But with five minutes of the half remaining, referee Hyde played some good advantage after Rodger was slapped in his face, Oakley took advantage and a gap opened up for a rampaging Brad James to probe into and shot across Martin to double Oakley`s lead.

Oakley started the second half well and seven minutes into the half added number three when Mayhew`s persistence into the area saw him rounded several defenders and slot home.
Most of the second half was camped in the visiting half and rarely saw them break out, if they did were soon snuffed out by Oakley`s stubborn defensive qualities. Mann worked hard to make an opening but shot straight at Martin. A rare sight on goal for the visitors saw a free kick by Dickens floated into the area saw a poor effort by Farmer. There were very few moments of clear openings for either side throughout the second half but Barlow was a lucky lad pushing Mayhew over in the area with the referees back turned. Harman had a second volley teed up for him and this time it went off for a throw in. But from the throw, Pete Maina picked up a loose ball and weaved his way into the area and shot across Martin into the far netting to complete a good team performance and into sixth place in the league.

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Key moments

Goal Rory Harman scores for Little Oakley
Goal Bradley James scores for Little Oakley
Goal Luke Mayhew scores for Little Oakley
Goal Peter Maina scores for Little Oakley


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Dan Joyce keeps a clean sheet for Little Oakley
88:00 Goal 4 - 0
Peter Maina scores for Little Oakley
52:00 Goal 3 - 0
Luke Mayhew scores for Little Oakley
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 2 - 0
Bradley James scores for Little Oakley
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rory Harman scores for Little Oakley
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As it happened

  • Little Oakley
  • May & Baker
  • 0
  • Rory Harman Goal 31:00'
  • Bradley James Goal 40:00'
  • Luke Mayhew Goal 52:00'
  • Peter Maina Goal 88:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hashtag United 36 84
2. Halstead Town 36 76
3. Coggeshall United 35 74
4. White Ensign 36 71
5. Harwich & Parkeston 35 68
6. Hackney Wick 36 67
7. Little Oakley 36 64

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