Uppingham Town are heading into the Christmas fixtures on a high after confirming their place in the Jelson Cup quarter finals last Saturday.
Town beat Leicester side Saffron Dynamo 5-3 at Tods Piece to maintain their interest in two cup competitions as they head into New Year.
Add that to their seventh spot in the Peterborough and District League’s top flight, and manager Richard Kendrick is delighted.
“This is the furthest that a Rutland side has got in this competition,” said the Town boss. “I really want to reach the semis. Then it’s anybody’s. At that point it becomes a case of who wants it most.”
Rob Lawrie and Martin Turiccki both bagged a brace against Dynamo with Ollie Webb also on the scoresheet to book a trip to Aylestone Park in the next round.
Uppingham’s fitness paid dividends on Saturday when they left it late against Dynamo.
Lawrie opened the scoring after combining well with Webb late in the first half but the visitors quickly levelled.
The Leicester side briefly went ahead in the second half but this time Town responded quickly with Webb scoring the equaliser after collecting an excellent through ball from James Coughlan.
It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes that either side added to their tally. The two sides each scored with Dynamo’s third crashing in off Town skipper Martin Bennett and Turiccki scoring Uppingham’s third before Town finally pulled clear.
Lawrie hit a cracking strike for Town’s fourth and Turiccki sealed the points moments before the final whistle.
Uppingham skipper Martin Bennett said: “It was an even game. They had a bit of the ball but few clear-cut chances although Tom made a great save to keep it at 3-2.
“Rob’s second was a bit special. It was right into the top corner.”
Kendrick added: “I knew we could lift our game in the second half. We have a positive attitude and we were fitter.
“Last year we kept going behind on the hour - but to be fair last season after five or six games there was little to play for.
“This year we are in two cups and are in the top half of the table. We are not thinking that we can win anything but we do know we can do well when we have a good side out.”
Uppingham travel to play Pinchbeck in the league on Saturday afternoon.
Cottesmore: Tom Hubbard, Steve Wallhead, Martin Bennett, Jake Norton, Jamie Howe, Callum O’berg, James Coughlan, Rob Forster, Martin Turiccki, Ollie Webb, Omar Elkashoty. Subs: Rob Lawrie, Jamie Dumford, Michael Beaver.