Title charge back on track

Will Thomas in action for Uppingham

Will Thomas in action for Uppingham

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ONE of the longest winter breaks ever experienced by Rutland footballers, doesn’t seem to have hit Uppingham Town’s excellent end-of-year form.

Town beat Parson Drove 2-1 away when they finally returned to league action on Saturday.

Their last outing in the Peterborough and District Premier Division was on November 20 and Uppingham boss Richard Kendrick said: “It was the longest break I have known in over 40 years.

“Obviously we were a bit rusty. If we had played regularly I think we would have won by a wider margin, but the lay-off has been a leveller and they are a very hard side to beat at home.”

Uppingham took an early lead when Will Thomas was found by Dylan Oliver and turned to fire into the corner.

“We cold have gone two or three up by half time,” said Kendrick. “But the final balls were slightly underhit or overhit.”

Drove levelled soon after the break with Kendrick complaining his side were “slow out of the blocks”. But within ten minutes Town were back in front courtesy of Scott Penny, who scored after a good period of pressure from the Rutlanders.

“In the end I was quite pleased,” said Kendrick, whose side sit second in the league, just behind Pinchbeck on goal difference. “We just have to do our job, carry on as we are and see where we are at the end of the season,” said Kendrick. “But the lads are enjoying this purple patch.”

Town: T Hubbard, M Bennett, D Oliver, P Sheehan, N Clarke (S Pridmore), W Thomas, S Penny, M Turuccki, D Laughton, A Sayers, R Montgomery. Sub: S Wallhead