LITTLE Oakley ran out 3-0 winners over Hoddesdon Town to make it six wins in a row, writes LARRY DOBKIN.

The Acorns are now seventh in the Essex Senior League table with games in hand on some of the teams above them, following their win at the Memorial Ground.

Oakley went close early on when Harry Mann saw the keeper off his line and tried a cheeky chip which flew past the far post.

A mix-up between Wood and Joyce saw Hoddesdon played the ball through the centre of Oakley’s defence.

With Wood running towards his own goal and Joyce coming out, both left the clearance to each other presenting Gallagher with an open goal.

But his shot was weak, allowing Dobkin time to get back behind the ball and clear up field.

The sides went in goal-less at the break but Oakley started the second half with real intent, gaining a corner in the 50th minute.

After the ball ended up in the middle of the Hoddesdon six-yard box, several players tried to get possession of the ball where Cooke seized his moment and blasted past keeper Nugent.

Oakley were now on top and it was almost 2-0 when Nugent denied Harman who had skilfully side-footed the ball towards the bottom corner, from Brothers' corner.

With the strong wind continuing, a Hoddesdon goal-kick was played out from Nugent to Lee at the edge of the area.

The ball was inexplicably laid across the goal area straight to Brothers, who placed the ball wide of an empty goal.

Mann fired over but Rowe's introduction from the bench saw Oakley take control, forging chance after chance.

Mann's powerful header was tipped onto the underside of the bar by Nugent, with Rowe was on hand to head home for 2-0.

Oakley were playing neat football and always looked like they would score again when the ball was won by Brothers in midfield.

His speculative shot went straight to the keeper who allowed the ball to go between his legs and in.

Mann and Sullivan both saw efforts go wide before the end, as Oakley claimed another win.

Oakley's man of the match was Ekow Owusu-Boakye, a tireless runner who allows others to shine through his hard work.