Oadby were made to work hard for a win against a determined Blaby side, who seemed to be more content with a point from the start.
The match was significant as manager Lee Harriman won promotion for Blaby last season, and left for the Oadby Town position, and hence the extra spice was added to this local bank holiday derby fixture.
Matt Piper was rested, and influential Carl Heggs was left out of the squad. Danny Wilson suffered a knock against St.Andrews was forced out of contention.
Oadby started brightly and once again should have been 1 up after only a minute, this time Adam Parry flashed across goal only to see the ball just drift past the post. The next ten minutes were scrappy but Oadby showed glimpses of their superior quality, as they territorially dominated possession in the Blaby half. Blaby huffed and puffed but failed to create any sustained period of possession and seemed content to defend an increasingly dominant Oadby side. The Poachers probed and pushed looking for an opener and Parry once again failed to connect on 2 seperate occassions in near misses. The first half was quickley developing into a midfield tussle, in which both teams scrapping for dominance. The Jon Stevenson
masterclass was beginning to tell as half time drew.
Half Time 0-0
The second half saw Oadby step up a gear, as Blaby were forced deeper and deeper as Oadby took the game to them. A double substitution of Matt Piper and Danny Gallagher gave Oadby the extra cuttting edge, as the tempo further lifted and gaps started to appear in the Blaby tiring midfield and defence. It was from such a run that Josh Kinds found himself in the Blaby area and was tripped for a penalty. Up stood Stevenson to send former Oadby goalkeeper Wayne Connelly the wrong way on 70 minutes to give the home side a deserved lead. From then on it was all Oadby, as Clinton Gunn up front, was left isolated living on scraps as the ball was returned back in the Blaby half at every opportunity for constant pressure. It was no surprise when Piper cut in and to beat 2 players and set up Reeves who nonchanantly flicked home to make it 2 nil on 77 minutes. Game over.
Blaby did a have chance in the 91st minute, when James Flinders was bizarrely adjudged to have brought down Gunn for a Blaby penalty. Up stood Gunn and .......duly missed, the referee was vindicated for a terrible decision. Not a classic - Blaby failed to register a shot on target in the entire 90 minutes bar the rebound from the penalty, but a game Oadby did enough, just.
The home support reaction - a wins a win.