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Uppingham Town were crowned Peterborough League Premier Division champions for the first time in their history on Saturday.

The Rutland club sealed their title triumph in style with a 6-0 away success at Long Sutton which moved them nine points clear of second-placed Stilton who have just two matches remaining.

Josh Sennett and Jordan Neil both netted braces with Martin Turiccki and Josh Porter also on target as Paul Sheehan's side recorded their 17th league win of the season.

Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981340)
Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981340)

They had made the trip to their bottom-of-the-table hosts needing just a point to clinch the title triumph.

And they started the game on the front foot as they looked for that all-important opening goal to ease any nerves.

Robbie Pearce fired a good early opening wide after a Sennett cross had been palmed into his path before Turiccki shot wide from Will Lewin's centre.

Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981341)
Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981341)

Callum O'Berg then burst clear down the right only to be denied by a fine save from young Magpies goalkeeper Ben Giltname.

Town thought they had broken the deadlock when Will Lewin headed home at the back post from Rob Forster's cross only for the effort to be disallowed for offside.

However, they didn't have to wait much longer for their first goal as Lewin was sent tumbling in the box after 20 minutes and Sennett stepped up to convert the resultant spot kick.

Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981342)
Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981342)

A second goal then followed four minutes later to give Town a comfortable cushion with Sennett striking home an excellent finish to double the lead.

Town held their two-goal advantage until the break and continued to put their hosts to the sword in the second period.

Sennett came close to a hat-trick as his curling free-kick was saved by Giltname before he linked well with Forster to tee up Ollie Lewin who rifled his shot wide.

Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981343)
Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981343)

The third goal which virtually guaranteed Town the title arrived 10 minutes into the second half through club stalwart Turiccki.

The midfield powerhouse has been an established part of the Town team for more than a decade and he guided home a fine first-time finish into the bottom corner after a corner had been cleared into his path.

Town were now rampant and a slick move started by Pearce created the fourth goal as his fine pass released Forster whose low cross was driven home by Neil.

Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981344)
Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981344)

Top scorer Forster has played a massive part in Town's title success this term but he was unable to add to his tally in the championship-clinching game despite bursting clear, only to shoot wide as Giltname narrowed the angle.

Neil saw a teasing run and shot saved by Giltname while Will Lewin shot over at the back post from another well-executed Sennett setpiece.

Town's fifth goal arrived courtesy of centre-back Porter who powered home his finish after the Magpies had again struggled to deal with an Uppingham corner.

Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981345)
Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981345)

Cameron Cleaver then saw a sweet strike finger-tipped to safety by Giltname before Town rounded off the scoring with their sixth goal as Rob Montgomery's flick on sent Neil clear and he lobbed home over the advancing goalkeeper.

Despite finishing the match with 10 men when Will Lewin was forced off late on with concussion, Town - who had already used their three substitutes - remained in control.

Long Sutton did go close in the dying throes with Town goalkeeper Tom Hubbard equal to the low shot.

Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981346)
Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981346)

His save ensured another clean sheet for Town who are the only side in the division to have conceded less goals than games played this season.

Their strong defensive unit again featured impressive teenagers Ollie and Will Lewin as well as centre-half Harley Pridmore whose performances this season have belied his age as a 16-year-old.

Sennett completed the teenage contingent in Town's title-winning ranks with another creative display which, combined with the experience of Pearce, Turiccki and Callum O'Berg, shows that the future of the Rutland club is bright.

Town: Hubbard, O Lewin, W Lewin, Pridmore, Porter, Turiccki, Pearce (J Forster), Cleaver, O'Berg (Neil), Sennett, R Forster (Montgomery). Subs not used: Thomas, Binley.

Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981347)
Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981347)
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Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981348)
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Long Sutton v Uppingham. (55981349)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981350)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981350)
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Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981351)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981352)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981352)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981353)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981353)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981354)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981354)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981355)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981355)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981356)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981356)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981357)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981357)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981358)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981358)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981359)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981359)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981360)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981360)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981364)
Long Sutton v Uppingham ..Uppingham celebrating becoming league champions. (55981364)
Uppingham Town celebrate their title success. (56079031)
Uppingham Town celebrate their title success. (56079031)
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Uppingham Town celebrate their title success. (56079029)


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