UPPINGHAM Town moved to the top of the Peterborough & District Football League after beating Coates Athletic on Saturday.
Town got off to the perfect start with Martin Turiccki powering home a header within the first 60 seconds.
Rob Montgomery doubled the home side’s advantage on 20 minutes, pouncing on a loose ball, and after the break Andy Sayers added the third from the spot.
But Coates scored a consolation and Turiccki was red-carded in first-half injury time to take some of the gloss off of Town’s victory.
Uppingham boss Richard Kendrick was furious with the decision to dismiss Turiccki who received his marching orders for an alleged stamp, but Kendrick says the contact was accidental as two players tangled going for a 50-50 ball.
Kendrick said: “Their bench got him sent off. There was no way Martin deserved a red card.
“The lads went for a ball and it was a fair challenge. Their player fell to the floor and our lad tried to jump away but got kicked and as he moved he caught their guy on the forehead. Martin ended up getting the first aid for him.”
It was a disappointing end for Turiccki after his side got off to a flyer.
Kendrick said: “You’ll have a job finding a better header anywhere. It was a really good delivery from Dylan Oliver. Everything was spot on.
“At the end of the day we have put three points on the board. We were a lot better than the week before but still have more to offer. We’re still feeling the effects of the long lay off. We could show a bit more composure in front of goal but we are playing quite well.”
Second-placed Pinchbeck are three points behind Town but have played two games fewer and Kendrick is keen that Town maintain their momentum at Netherton on Saturday.
Netherton are in the chasing pack and Kendrick added: “If they win they will peg us back. If we win it will create a little bit of space at the top but there’s still a lot of football to be played.”
Uppingham: T Hubbard, S Pridmore, M Bennett, D Oliver, P Sheehan, A Sayers, S Pennt (M Cox), W Thomas, D Laughton, R Montgomery, M Turiccki. Sub not used: K Robb.
l UPPINGHAM Reserves are through to the semi final of the Peterborough Football Association Minor Cup after beating Stamford Bels Reserves on Saturday.
Town’s first team boss Richard Kendrick said: “I think it’s a cup they can win. Both our sides are doing very well at the moment.”
Mark Toms, Omar Elkashoty and Stephen Wallhead scored the goals.