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Uppingham head into final game of the season with league's best defensive record




Uppingham Town added another awesome achievement to their cracking campaign by sealing an unbeaten home record following Saturday's 3-1 success over Wittering Harriers.

Having already clinched promotion back to the Peterborough League Premier Division and lifted the Leicestershire Intermediate Cup, Town ensured they went through the league and cup campaign unbeaten at Tods Piece in their final home game of the season.

With just one league game left away at Splading Town next month and the Peterborough Challenge Cup final in mid-May, Uppingham were looking to maintain their good form and created some early chances in the first 15 minutes of the game without troubling the Wittering keeper too much.

James Howe (8091385)
James Howe (8091385)

However, it was Tom Hubbard in the Uppingham goal after 20 minutes who kept Wittering out with a tremendous save when he tipped a close range shot over the bar.

Uppingham responded with a good move down the left and, when the ball found Rob Montgomery in the box from a deflected shot, he prodded home from six yards to give Town the lead.

It was the same striker again who made it 2-0 after 25 minutes when he headed home from a Callum O'Berg cross from the right wing.

Wittering kept in the game and created some half chances themselves but could not find their way past a steady Uppingham defence which has conceded the least goals in the Peterborough League this season.

Liam Mullineaux almost made it 3-0 when he collected the ball in the box after a flowing move down the left but hit his shot wide from 12 yards.

Jordan Spencer then went close with an attempted lob from 20 yards only to see his effort just go wide of the target.

Rob Montgomery (8091393)
Rob Montgomery (8091393)

The best goal of the game came after 35 minutes of the first half from Montgomery who collected a ball from keeper Hubbard who found the striker 30 yards from goal.

Montgomery controlled the ball on his chest, turned with a flick from his thigh and from 25 yards struck an unstoppable shot on the half volley to give the Wittering keeper no chance which took Uppingham into half-time 3-0 up.

Wittering started the second half on the front foot in an attempt to get back into the game and only a good saving tackle from Harry Bains on the edge of the Uppingham box after 10 minutes denied the away side a shot on goal.

Uppingham themselves had a chance to go further ahead when Montgomery -who has scored 24 goals this season - flicked on his header to O’Berg who saw his effort saved by the Wittering keeper.

Hubbard in the Uppingham goal again made a good save to maintain the lead for the home side before Wittering did score with 20 minutes to go.

The ball was half-cleared from a corner only for a cross-shot in the six yard box which was deflected past the home keeper by an Uppingham defender.

Rob Forster then brought another good save from the Wittering keeper with 10 minutes to go and, with very few chances by either side after that, it was Uppingham who saw out the game with a 3-1 win in front of another good home crowd.

There is no first team game this weekend, but Uppingham Reserves are in action at Tods Piece against Division Three leaders Peterborough NECI in what should be a good test for them in their penultimate home league game with a 2pm kick off.

Town: Tom Hubbard, Jordan Spencer, Billy Henshaw, Danny Dumford, Cameron Cleaver, Harry Bains, James Howe, Callum O'Berg, Rob Montgomery, Rob Forster, Liam Mullineaux. Subs: Thomas, Jamie Binley, Sam Eldridge.



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