The future is bright at Uppingham despite loss

Oakham United v Uppingham Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140812-105238001
Oakham United v Uppingham Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140812-105238001
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It was another error strewn performance from Uppingham Town on Saturday which cost them the game 4-2 away at Moulton Harrox after they gifted the opposition some soft goals.

In fact Uppingham struggled to get going in the first half and faced a 3-1 deficit at the break, the third coming just minutes before the half. However James Howe’s first half strike was a goal to remember. He picked the ball up in the middle of the park and drove towards goal before unleashing a shot from 20 yards out which sailed into the net and had the keeper rooted to the spot.

Despite the individual moment of quality that was as good as it got in the first period. However after the break Uppingham put in a vastly improved performance and until the fourth goal went in a couple minutes from time were winning the second half 1-0 thanks to a Martin Bennett goal.

Uppingham Town manager Richard Kendrick said: “One minute we are good the next minute we are throwing goals away. It was a game of two halves and until the last couple of minutes we were winning the second half 1-0 but we had given three away in the first half and that was it.”

Arguably all of Moulton Harrox’s goals were mistakes by Uppingham at the back who failed to clear the ball too often or who lost possession in dangerous positions on the pitch.

Kendrick said: “You could say we set up four goals and if we didn’t set up four then we set up three and three quarters. We just didn’t do our jobs properly. It was mistakes and errors that cost us it and we had enough of the game because despite the scoreline that must be the worst Moulton side I have seen in 10 years, so they are struggling too.”

Kendrick’s message was loud and clear. Its time to cut out the mistakes but it will take a whole team effort to do that. He said: “If you can score at the top end then it takes the pressure off at the back end and you don’t get so many of these silly mistakes.

Uppingham may be struggling for consistency but they go into the New Year in 12th place in the league and with a lot of talented young players coming through the ranks.

Kendrick said the youngsters were: “A bright light in a dull season. They have got their chance a bit earlier than they might have but I have no concerns with how they have played.

“I would like to think they will be with the club next year because it would be good to get a bit more out of them before they move on to pastures better. They can get the smile back on the face of Uppingham Town Football Club.

“Our aim is to stay in the Premier Division and I believe the young lads will do that. We quite easily could be nine or 10 points better off. We have not got a lot of luck so far this season. Of course you make your own luck in football, but you can’t keep getting the wrong rub of the green and our luck has got to change sometime.”