Mile Oak return to winning ways

Mile Oak's Danny Curd on the ball against Little Common
Mile Oak's Danny Curd on the ball against Little Common

MILE OAK Football Club returned to winning ways on Saturday with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Little Common in County League Division 2.

Oak had lost their previous four matches in all competitions but goals from Jamie Watts and Andy McDowell stopped the rot and gave Anthony Whittington’s team a welcome win.

In a scoreless first half where chances were few and far between, the best opportunities mainly fell the way of the home side.

Stuart Garrod’s well-hit drive was narrowly off target and Danny Curd also went close but it was the visitors that should have gone in front just after the half-hour.

Paul Feakins picked out the unmarked Dan Hill, who should have done better than direct his free header from close range straight at Oak keeper Aaron Stenning, who saved the ball on the line.

The visitors’ Martin Denny fired wide in the final action of the half but it took Oak only ten minutes after the resumption to go ahead.

There was a hint of controversy about it, too, as Common were denied a stonewall penalty before Oak counter-attacked and scored.

Feakins was brought donw by Jude McDonald in the penalty area but Common’s strong appeals were waved away and, after a rapid Oak break, Mo Koroma crossed for Watts, who steered a volley into the bottom corner.

Oak added their second goal six minutes later when Curd slid in Garrod, who squared for McDowell to knock home his 11th goal of the season.

That proved to be the last noteworthy action of an attritional encounter, although Common substitute Dom Bristow could have set up a grandstand finish but instead fired off target when well placed.

Instead, no late drama was forthcoming and Oak eased to a much-warranted and much-needed three points.

Oak, who sit sixth in the table, travel to third-placed Wick & Barnham United on Saturday.

MILE OAK: Stenning; Pulling, Gillingham, French, Marsh; Koroma, McDonald, Garrod, Watts; Curd, McDowell. Subs: Austin-Slade (Curd 66), Whiting (Garrod 70), Brown (Koroma 83).