Uppingham Town beat Oakham United in Peterborough League Premier Division clash
Uppingham Town have marked their return to the top flight of the Peterborough League with a stunning start to the new campaign.
Ryan Hunnings' side followed up Saturday's 3-1 home win over Holbeach United Reserves with a 4-0 derby drubbing of near neighbours Oakham United in Tuesday night's Premier Division clash at Tods Piece.
In-form frontman Rob Forster and Town skipper James Howe both hit braces to inflict a third successive league defeat on Oakham who have yet to score this season.
Forster, who scored twice in Town's opening day win, was a constant thorn in Oakham's side throughout the clash in front of a good crowd at Tods Piece.
He took just seven minutes to break deadlock after skipping past Matt Richmond's last-ditch challenge before manoeuvring enough space in the box to smash a low shot which beat Oakham goalkeeper Connor Barker at his near post.
Barker was the busier of the two goalkeepers as Town looked to build on their bright start with Forster again close to converting a cross from former Oakham player Ash Hibbitt.
Home custodian Tom Hubbard was then called into action for the first time with a brilliant save at full stretch to turn away a powerful hit from Richard Nelson which was heading for the top corner of the Town net.
Barker blocked another Forster strike before reacting well to save a deflected shot from Liam Mullineaux as Town targeted a second goal before the interval.
The start of the second half saw Oakham create their best chance of the game as the ball fell invitingly into the path of Alex Brockbank after an early raid on the home goal but, with just Hubbard to beat, he slid his shot wide of the post.
Town introduced the influential Martin Turiccki shortly after and he was soon into the action with a vital tackle to deny James North a close range shot at goal.
Forster saw a dangerous cross-shot cleared off the line by Nelson before Town doubled their lead in style just past the hour mark.
Turiccki flicked on a cross into the path of Howe who, with his back to goal, produced a sublime overhead kick which left Barker with no chance.
The goal deflated Oakham as Uppingham piled on the pressure with a third goal following 10 minutes later.
Howe was again the marksman as he smashed home a sweet strike from outside the box to put Town in total control of the contest.
Turiccki saw a well-struck shot bring out another solid save from Barker with fellow substitute Ben Easson rattling the crossbar with the follow-up.
Oakham had a late chance when Richard Nelson found himself through on goal, but he was unable to trouble Hubbard with his effort.
And, as the visitors pushed more men forward in the dying throes, Uppingham broke with speed to rub further salt in the Oakham wounds.
Fittingly it was Forster who burst clear and then showed clinical precision to fire home Town's fourth goal which puts them top of the fledgling Premier Division standards.
Town are without a game on Saturday, but have another derby clash on Wednesday night when they travel to face Stamford Lions (kick-off is 7.30pm at Blackstones FC).
Oakham travel to Peterborough ICA Sports on Saturday and then have a home derby duel with Ketton on Tuesday night (kick-off is 7.30pm at Lands' End Meadow).
Ketton, after a 1-1 home draw with Parson Drove at the weekend, went down to a 4-1 home defeat against Stamford Lions on Tuesday night.
The two sides were level at the break with Tom Edwards on target for Lions who then scored three goals without reply in the second period.
Joe Searson put the visitors ahead a minute after the break with Edwards adding his second and Lions' third just past the hour mark.
Kieron Duffy-Weekes then wrapped up the win for Lions with their fourth goal with 20 minutes remaining.