Uppingham Town look to build on success

Uppingham's Will Thomas gets on the scoresheet 'Photo: Geoff Atton
Uppingham's Will Thomas gets on the scoresheet 'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Uppingham Town will be looking to continue building upon their terrific start to the season tomorrow (Saturday) when they face Pinchbeck.

Town are undefeated in the Peterborough League Premier Division and in the President’s Premier Shield Cup.

After beating Stilton 4-2 on Saturday, they are at the top of the table thanks to their goal difference and have a game in hand.

They also boast the best defence in the league having only conceded two goals and have the joint best attack along with Riverside having scored 17. Riverside have played two games more.

It’s a superb start but boss Richard Kendrick, although confident with his squad, knows it is still very early days.

He said: “I knew this squad was going to be strong, but the question is will it be strong enough through the season?

“The lads that win the points keep the shirts, but you don’t win anything without a good squad and the right attitude.

“You can’t have everyone in the starting 11 but when people get chances they will have to prove themselves.”

Pinchbeck are in 12th having won one, drawn two and lost the other.

Kendrick says they are not the outfit they perhaps were a couple of years ago but will still be a tough challenge.

However Town will be boosted by the return of five first team players who were all away for the home fixture against Stilton.

Uppingham didn’t get off to the greatest start conceding a goal in the first few minutes when they failed to close down a Silton attacker and paid the price.

It was the first time the Uppingham goalmouth had been crossed this season.

However Will Thomas showed determination in the box and managed to get the ball into the Stilton goal mid-way through the half.

And just as Uppingham were expecting to go in all square, Stilton won a penalty and converted from the spot.

Kendrick had his team talk all prepared but had to change it again when Rob Forster equalised before the break.

Kendrick called for more in the second half and got it thanks to goals from Jonathan Forster and James Howes who finished off good moves.

Afterwards, Kendrick said: “The squad came through on Saturday which was very pleasing.”