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Brothers Paul and James Sheehan lead Uppingham Town and Stamford Lions in a Peterborough League Premier Division derby




Brothers Paul and James Sheehan are set to pit their managerial wits against each other for the first time ever in a Peterborough League Premier Division derby on Saturday.

Paul's Uppingham Town side host James' Stamford Lions team in what will be a family affair at Tods Piece (kick-off 2pm).

Dad Tony is chairman of Lions with another brother Danny captain of the Stamford side who will be the underdogs against an in-form Uppingham side.

Paul Sheehan. (51536145)
Paul Sheehan. (51536145)

Town are the only unbeaten team in the Premier Division this campaign while Lions have lost their opening three games after rebuilding their squad during the close season.

The duo have been on separate sides numerous times during Paul's playing career with Uppingham as James has also managed Newage, Stamford Bels and Ryhall.

But Saturday will be the first time they are in different dug-outs aiming to lead their respective teams to victory.

James Sheehan. (51536139)
James Sheehan. (51536139)

Lions come into the game having not played for three weeks after a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad forced the postponement of their last scheduled outing at Moulton Harrox.

Uppingham returned to action at the weekend having had to call off their match at Netherton the previous weekend for the same reason.

They shared the spoils in a goalless away draw at Holbeach United Reserves and are currently in third place in the standings.

Tony Sheehan. (51536143)
Tony Sheehan. (51536143)

Town had the best chance of the game to break the deadlock in the first half when they were awarded a penalty for hand-ball after 10 minutes.

Josh Porter's spot kick was hit down the middle and, although Holbeach goalkeeper Brad Water dived, he was able to save with his feet.

Holbeach forced several corners in the opening half while Rob Forster went close for Uppingham on the hour mark when he raced clear onto Callum O'Berg's through ball only to be denied by Waters' save.

Forster then created the next opening as he got to the byline and pulled the ball back but Josh Sennett struck his effort over the crossbar.

The Tigers could then have won it late on as they robbed Town of possession and broke clear but Uppingham goalkeeper Tom Hubbard made a fine save to ensure a share of the spoils by keeping his fourth clean sheet in five league games.

Sheehan said: "It was a spirited game and there wasn't a lot of chances for either side really.

Danny Sheehan. (51536141)
Danny Sheehan. (51536141)

"In my opinion, I thought we had the better chances and could have edged it but it was good game and Holbeach are a decent side.

"The clean sheets are pleasing and it gives us something to build on because last year we were letting too many goals in.

"We kept battling away which was pleasing and, although we wanted to win the game, it was imperative that we at least got something out of it."



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