FOOTBALL: Draw against favourites provides foundations for Town season

A DRAW against the pre-season title favourites gives Uppingham an excellent platform to build on, Town’s assistant boss Michael Beaver said today.

Uppingham drew 1-1 with Peterborough Sports at Tod’s Piece on the opening day of the Peterborough and District League season on Saturday afternoon., and it could have been an even better result if they had been able to capitalise on red card for the visitors late on.

Beaver said: “It’s a good point but we could have had all three. They had a player sent off with about 15 minutes to go and if we had used the ball better we could have got the winner.

“But overall we have to be happy. We are quite pleased with getting a point from the first game and taking something to build on.”

Town play Deeping Rangers Reserves away on Wednesday and Beaver added: “We have a very tough start with Whittlesey, Oakham and Pinchbeck all coming round quickly.

“We have six games in the first three weeks and that can ruin your season; so it is vital to come through unscathed.”

Jamie Binley opened the scoring in the first half of the opening game of the campaign but the visitors drew level and the Peterborough side had the bulk of the chances in the second 45 before they were reduced to 10 men for a clear stamping which was awarded a straight red card.

Dave Laughton had Uppingham’s best chance after the break but put the ball over the bar.

Beaver added: “we were comfortable in the first half. A mistake frm their goalkeeper gifted us the goal and then we had a couple more chances. In the second half they had three or four clear cut chances.”

Defensively it was an encouraging start for Town with Mark Dimech and skipper Martin Bennett forging a stong partnership at the back, and Jamie Howe looking good on the right of midfield.

Kick off on Wednesday evening at Deeping is at 7.30pm. Saturday’s game at home to Whittlesey United starts at 2pm.