Uppingham Town have continued their unbeaten run despite a below-par performance on Saturday and head into the weekend looking for an all-round better showing.
Town came from behind to beat Pinchbeck in the Peterborough League Premier Division, winning it in the final attack of the game
Boss Richard Kendrick was far from happy, but did praise his side for never giving up.
And he is hoping for a positive response on Saturday.
He said: “It just wasn’t a good performance but they kept going, I will give them credit for that. They weren’t playing well but they kept going until the last minute and got their spoils. They never gave up and that was the most pleasing thing.”
Kendrick said his team lacked the energy they had shown in previous weeks which resulted in a “flat” game.
Pinchbeck scored first through a penalty for what Kendrick described as a “silly” handball, an example of poor decision-making throughout Uppingham’s game.
The visitors then had Luke Harrison sent off for a second yellow card, but they remained in front until the 75th minute when Andy Sayers scored from a freekick.
The home side did have two clear chances in both halves but could not find the goal from just three yards out. One was blasted wide and the other over the bar, when a cushioned shot would have found the net both times.
Then in the last attack of the game, Martin Turiccki found a bit of space in the box and turned and smashed it home, maintaining Uppingham’s 100 per cent winning start to the season.
Kendrick said they made life hard for themselves and even against 10-men still struggled.
Uppingham are at the top of the division and are the only unbeaten side.
They play Deeping on Saturday at home. Deeping are third from bottom, but have only played three games, winning one and losing two.
Kendrick said: “This will be a tough game and will show us how we can respond from a poor display and a kick up the backside.
“You’re not going to win every game and you are going to concede goals sooner or later but you’ve got to pick yourself up and get on with it.”
Uppingham: Tom Hubbard, Martin Bennett, James Binley, Dave Laughton, Jacob Norton, Callum O’Berg, Jack Salt, Andy Sayers, Paul Sheehan, Will Thomas, Martin Turiccki