Uppingham Town take top spot in the Peterborough League Premier Division after a one-goal home victory over Leverington Sports
Uppingham Town manager Ryan Hunnings believes his players will be using their place at the top of the Peterborough League Premier Division as extra motivation to continue their fine start to the new campaign.
Town took pole position on Saturday following their 1-0 home win over Leverington which was coupled with early pacesetters Moulton Harrox losing at Stamford Lions.
They have won six of their opening eight games after a strong start to life in the top flight following their promotion last season.
Town now travel to Tydd on Saturday looking for a quick-fire double over the Fenland side after a 5-0 home win a fortnight ago.
Hunnings said: "I did like it when we were the underdogs and wanted to stay under the radar a bit longer. Hopefully we haven't peaked a little early.
"But the lads are loving being top of the league and are really motivated by it. Hopefully we can kick on again.
"We're got a full squad now and the likes of Rob Montgomery are also coming back from injury.
"Rob Forster and James Howe have picked up the goalscoring baton and our defence has been solid for 90 per cent of the games.
"We beat Tydd a few weeks ago, but we know it's a completely different test going away from home. It will be a very tough game.
"We know that they will be physical and well-organised so we're going to have to play well to get the win."
Town had to overcome a physical test from Leverington on Saturday as they bounced back from last week's 4-0 away defeat at Thorney.
The opening period saw chances at a premium with neither keeper really tested until Town broke the deadlock. Ash Hibbitt played the ball into the box for Will Thomas to rise and head home.
The second half followed a similar vein with Town's swift passing game and quick breaks bring curtailed by their visitors.
Thomas could have doubled their lead in the second half but missed a chance which was easier than the one he converted.
Town started to get frustrated at their lack of a second goal as the game wore on, but Leverington were unable to find a way past the home back three of Charlie Dalby, Billy Henshaw and Josh Porter who was making his first start of the season.
Hunnings added: "It was a good three points because they were a very hard side to play against.
"They came with a plan to disrupt us. They knew what they wanted to do and didn't give us a second on the ball.
"They've also got some really talented players as well and their new manager is building a good side there.
"We really needed a second goal to calm us down a bit because the drubbing at Thorney last week was still at the back of our minds.
"But we went with a back three for the first time this season and they played very well. We looked very solid at the back."
Town: Hubbard, Dalby, Henshaw, Porter, Hibbitt, O'Berg, Spencer, Howe, Forster, Wildman, Thomas. Subs used: Bains, Eldridge, Godfrey.
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