Imps rocked by sending off

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Allexton New Park 6

Oakham Imps 1

AN early red card for Oakham defender Nathan Bottomley decided this game as the 10-man Imps lost to title favourites Allexton.

Oakham were matching Allexton in all areas before Bottomley was harshly sent off on 17 minutes when, as last man, he brought down a forward in the box when through on goal.

The spot kick was put away but despite being a man down Oakham’s defence of the outstanding Darren Short, Dave Hudson, Richard Phoenix and Anthony Clapton showed great character to keep the score at 1-0 at half time.

Five minutes into the second period Allexton made it two but despite this Oakham continued to battle hard and were always threatening on the counter attack.

It wasn’t until the final 20 minutes, as Oakham tired, that Allexton took control with four late goals.

Luke Palmer scored a late consolation for Oakham with a fine shot on the turn from 25 yards.

Oakham: Hicks, Phoenix, Bottomley, Short, Clapton, Smith, Nicholls, Hudson, Rix, Palmer, Williams, Perry.

Oundle Town 0

Uppingham Town 1

JAMIE Binley’s strike was enough to see Uppingham return to winning ways after last week’s unexpected home defeat.

Town’s Steve Pridmore said: “It was good to return to winning ways after getting beaten a week earlier. Jamie was called up from the reserves and was probably man of the match.”

The win maintains Town’s eight point lead at the top of the league with the second and third-placed teams, Ramsey and Pinchbeck due to play each other this weekend.

Pridmore added: “The ideal result for us would be a Ramsey win or a draw. Pinchbeck have a lot of games in hand.”

Uppingham: Hubbard, Bennett, Oliver, Sheehan, Pridmore, Giogos (Laughton), Penney, Sayers, Thomas, Binley, Montgomery (Redmond).

Parson Drove 3

Stamford Bels 1

STAMFORD Bels sank deeper into trouble at the bottom of the Peterborough and District Premier League with a 3-1 defeat at Parson Drove who climbed out of the drop zone by plunging rock-bottom Stamford Bels deeper into trouble.

Richard Harnwell, James McManus and Stuart Cobb struck as the Fen lads won a bottom-of-the-table showdown 3-1

Bels, who are now six points from safety, weren’t helped by the loss of keeper Ash Sylvester after five minutes with a back problem.

But boss Martyn Conneely said: “It’s not over yet and we won’t throw in the towel.”

Bels: Sylvetser(Green), Cahill, Conneely, Taylor, Cantwell, O’Donnell, Buczynski (Glover), Parker, Edwards, Ford, Wells (Komisarczyk).

Deeping Sports 4

Alconbury 1

DEEPING Sports lifted themselves further from the danger zone in the Peterborough and District League’s top flight with a 4-1 win at home to strugglers Alconbury.

Anthony Graves bagged a brace in a crucial six-pointer while Danny Ireland and Jonathan Hands were also on target for Sports.