FOOTBALL: Uppingham and Bels slip into danger zones

Peterborough & District League

UPPINGHAM Town’s place in the top flight took a big hit on Saturday when they were held to a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Whittlesey.

Town’s relegation fears were increased by Parson Drove’s big 8-2 win against Oundle.

Will Thomas scored twice for Uppingham but the results left Town in the bottom two, having played more games than their rivals.

Town have five games to save their top flight status, beginning with a tough trip to Ramsey Town tomorrow.

Safely above mid-table, Deeping Rangers Reserves slammed six past bottom side Alconbury on Saturday.

Rangers won 6-2 thanks to a brace from Ian Bradbury and strikes from Daniel Ireland, David Weston, Ryan Birtles and Thomas Waumsley.

The game was evenly balanced at 1-1 at half-time and Rangers boss Andy Bailey said: “We had to have our usual half-time sort-out. But we came back out and won the game comfortably.”

Rangers host Coates Athletic at Outgang Road tomorrow.

In division one Stamford Bels’ recent revival came to end with back-to-back defeats.

Bels, who had gone picked up seven points from their previous three games lost 7-1 away against Holbeach Reserves last and then 4-1 at home to Netherton reserves on Saturday.

Sean O’Donnell scored Bels’ single strike on Saturday. Bels host bottom side Warboys in a crucial six-pointer tomorrow.

Bels then gave mid-table Ketton on Tuesday evening.

Alex Sismore and Paul Richardson scored for Ketton who lost 3-2 at home to Long Sutton Athletic.

Elsewhere Langtoft lost 3-2 away against Moulton Harrox Reserves. Langtoft’s goalscorers were Daniel Morris and John Armstrong, but Billy King’s hat-trick ensured United fell to their seventh loss of the season.

Langtoft Reserves beat Whittlesey Reserves 5-1 in division three last weekend. Leigh Sharp, with a brace, Callum Fox, Martin Tooth and Rob Cope were on target for Langtoft.

Langtoft’s reserves host Deeping Rangers A tomorrow.

Last weekend, Rangers’ A team beat Ramsey’s reserves 3-1 with goals from Martin Rogers, Matthew Atkins and Max Webb.

Uppingham’s reserves fared little better last weekend, losing 5-0 away to Peterborough Sports Parkway Reserves in division three.

Ryhall United Reserves had a disastrous final game to their otherwise successful league season with a 3-0 loss away to Leverington A.

They must now wait for results elsewhere to determine their final league position and the potential of competing in the new play-off system.