Uppingham Town lost their second game of the fledgling season on Saturday, another 3-1 defeat, this time at the hands of the strong Coates Athletic but on Tuesday night they turned their fortunes around.
Uppingham beat Peterborough Sports Reserves 4-0 on their travels to earn their first points of the season.
Will Thomas struck the opening goal for Uppingham in the first half before Rob Forster scored a brace and James Howe got in on the act.
Assistant manager Billy Beaver said: “If we can keep this side out every week we will be fine this season.
“We virtually had our strongest side out last night (Tuesday).
“If we had lost last night I would have been worried but we didn’t.”
On Saturday Coates’ first goal came from a beautiful set-piece by the visitors. Town conceded a free-kick on the edge of their box after 15 minutes and Simon Flanz stepped up and struck the ball into the roof of the net giving keeper Tom Hubbard no chance.
The second goal came on the half hour mark and it was again a touch of class from Flanz which made the difference. Hubbard dashed out from his box and made a good block with his legs as the Coates’ attack pressed forward, unfortunately for Uppingham the ball fell to Flanz inside the centre circle.
The midfielder took the ball down and struck it towards goal from near the halfway line and all the Town players could do was watch it sail into their empty net.
Uppingham stole a goal back moments before the break, isolating the Coates centre back to set Rob Forster free to finish nicely.
In the second half it was a more even contest and had luck been on Uppingham’s side they could even have been level. First Howe struck the post and then substitute Will Thomas had the woodwork rattling with a shot before his fellow replacement Rhys Duggan struck the crossbar with a cross.
However a defensive error allowed Coates a third through Jamie Darlow and that all but sealed the result. However Beaver was pleased with the way the players kept at it until the end.
Beaver said: “Coates are a good side, I think they will be right up there at the end of the season. They had a lot more possession but we stayed in the game. They really had to work for their win and they will know they were in the game. With a bit of luck we could have got something from it.”
Uppingham host Stilton United tomorrow. 2pm ko.