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Oakley end friendly campaign with a victory
1:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
Little Oakley overcame a young Brantham Reserves side 3-1 in their last friendly before the season kicks off.
The first half saw Brantham playing the better football but Oakley showed good organisation and defending in restricting the away side to very few chances.
Against the run of play, Oakley took the lead when Ash Wood’s 25-yard effort deceived the Brantham keeper and sailed into the roof of the net.
Oakley started the second half keeping the ball much better for long spells and put their opponents under pressure.
Oakley extended their lead when they kept the ball for a long period from back to front which ended in Sam Eldridge blasting home from an accute angle.
Oakley’s aim was now to keep a clean sheet but this didn’t happen.
From a free-kick a group of Brantham players found themselves unmarked on the far post and the ball was volleyed in.
Oakley continued to dominate and were rewarded when the Brantham keeper could only parry an effort into the path of Mark Palmer who calmly slotted home. Another good hard-working performance and Oakley will now face White Notley away in their season opener on August 17.
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