Town's strength in depth shows through to maintain second spot
Uppingham Town's long journey to Moulton Harrox Reserves proved rewarding as they deservedly returned with three more points after a 3-0 success on Saturday.
With a number of changes to the weekend's line-up, Uppingham again showed that the depth in their squad is strong with a win which keeps them in second place in Division One of the Peterborough League.
The first half was evenly contested with the home side being limited to a few long range efforts and, while the Uppingham defence was busy, Tom Hubbard in the away goal did not have a save to make of any note.
Uppingham needed to make changes after 20 minutes due to injuries when Jamie Binley and Jacob Brambini were forced off and replaced by Cameron Cleaver and Jack Godfrey who both went on to make an impact on the game.
Town created the better chances with Will Thomas being denied after 25 minutes when through on the keeper only for him to keep the scoresheet blank with a good save down low to his left.
From the resulting corner by Jordan Spencer, it was Callum O'Berg who flicked the ball on at the near post only to see his effort cleared by the home defence.
A further chance came and went when Spencer drove past two players on the right of the box and hit his shot direct at the home keeper.
Martin Turricki almost broke the deadlock when he went past players on the edge of the box only for the Moulton keeper to make another good save.
Harry Bains and Spencer, playing down both flanks for the visiting side, were causing problems for Moulton although neither team could find the net and went in at 0-0.
Uppingham started the second half by defending some increasing pressure from the home side in the first 10 minutes.
But it was not long before they began to impose themselves and went ahead after 20 minutes of the second half when O’Berg picked up a deflected shot from Turricki and found the bottom corner from just inside the box to make it 1-0.
Uppingham maintained their pressure and, after a further 10 minutes, scored their second of the game.
Bains controlled the ball on the edge of the Moulton box, dummied on his right and spun onto his left and hit his shot low down to the keepers left-hand side and into the net for his first goal of the season.
It was 3-0 a few minutes later when Godfrey collected the ball just inside the box and from 12 yards made no mistake with a decisive finish for the away side.
Uppingham had a late penalty call turned down when, after O’Berg was taken down just outside the box, Spencer drove into the area only to be taken out by two defenders but the referee waved away their appeals.
Town are on their travels away this weekend when they visit Bretton North End in what is expected to be a difficult league game.
Town: Tom Hubbard, Jordan Spencer, Billy Henshaw, Danny Dumford, Jamie Binley, Josh Porter, Martin Turricki, Callum O'Berg, Will Thomas, Jacob Brambini, Harry Bains. Subs: Jack Godfrey, Cameron Cleaver.
Uppingham Reserves shared the spoils in a 2-2 Division Three draw after a full-blooded match against Huntingdon Reserves on Saturday.
Town went down 1-0 following a free-kick 30 minutes in, however, they came out with intent in the second half, scoring twice in the first five minutes.
Liam Hull and Tommy Wharton teamed up well, both assisting one another with two clinical finishes.
Town controlled the match from then on, creating plenty of chances, however conceded on the counter late on with a good finish from Huntingdon’s Daniel Watling.
Both teams were fighting for a winner, however, it remained 2-2 in an entertaining match.
Town’s reserve boss Joe Harley said: "It was a great performance from Uppingham and we were unlucky not to take away the full three points."
Town: Jamie Forsythe, Mark Binley, Gary Rix, Martin Owers, Ryan Hunnings, Omar Elkashoty, Darren Short, Luke Eldridge, Craig Guest, Liam Mullineaux, Liam Hull, Tommy Wharton.