Uppingham rise to the challenge with second success in final
Uppingham Town finished their sensational season in style on Saturday by completing a memorable cup double.
They defeated Eye United 2-1 in the final of the Peterborough Challenge Cup with goals from Rob Montgomery and Callum O’Berg securing their success.
Saturday’s victory followed their triumph in the final of the Leicestershire Intermediate Cup while also gaining promotion back to the Premier Division under the guidance of manager Paul O’Berg.
O’Berg said: “It's a fantastic way to complete what's been an unbelievable season for Uppingham Town.
“Full credit has to go to all the players who have excelled to achieve a double cup win and promotion to the Premier Division.”
On a good playing surface at the Nene Valley Community Centre on Saturday, Uppingham started the game well and created a number of good chances in the first 20 minutes of the game only to be let down by some poor finishing and good saves by the Eye goalkeeper.
Both teams played an open game and it was Eye who went closest when they had a goalbound shot deflected over the bar for a corner.
Town’s two main strikers - Rob Forster and Rob Montgomery - were causing the Eye defenders problems and it was this combination which created the first goal after 25 minutes.
Forster went past two defenders in the box and cut the ball back for Montgomery to put Uppingham 1-0 up with a comfortable finish from eight yards.
Uppingham went close again after half-an-hour when Josh Porter hit a 25-yard free kick wide of the post before Callum O’Berg missed his chance when he hit the keeper from 10 yards out from a Jordan Spencer cross.
With Uppingham now looking for their second goal of the first half, James Howe had a good chance to increase the lead but shot over from just inside the box.
Tom Hubbard in the Uppingham goal had not been involved too much in the game in the first 35 minutes but it was from his long clearance that Town made it 2-0.
Montgomery reacted quickly to some hesitant defending when he met the bouncing ball and put Callum O’Berg through for a well taken finish from just inside the box when he lifted his shot over the keeper.
Danny Dumford, Josh Porter and Billy Henshaw at the heart of the Uppinghgam defence kept the Eye players pretty quiet which resulted in Hubbard not really being tested in the first half.
Eye made their intentions clear at the start of the second half when they had a free-kick blocked and cleared from a dangerous position after a foul by Harry Bains who was cautioned.
Uppingham reacted well and created a few more chances themselves with again with Callum O’Berg, Forster, Montgomery and Martin Turricki all going close before Spencer made the Eye keeper block a goalbound effort with a reaction save with his feet.
Eye got back into the game with 20 minutes remaining when Porter mistimed his challenge in the box which resulted in a penalty.
Hubbard got a good hand on the ball when diving to his right but could not keep out the penalty which made the score 2-1.
Uppingham made a few substitutions with 15 minutes remaining and it was shortly after that when they were reduced to 10 men after Cameron Cleaver was sent off for a challenge on the halfway line.
Opinions swayed both ways on the decision about the sending off but this gave Eye the man advantage for the remainder of the game.
Will Thomas and Sam Eldridge came on to give Uppingham some different options for the remainder of the game which they saw out comfortably in the end.
O’Berg added: “Both teams contributed towards what was a good day for Uppingham again as cup winners, but great credit has to go also to Eye United who were respectful in defeat and good opponents on the day.”
Town: Tom Hubbard, Danny Dumford, Josh Porter, Billy Henshaw, Callum O’Berg, James Howe, Martin Turiccki, Harry Baines, Jordan Spencer, Rob Montgomery, Rob Forster. Subs: Sam Eldridge, Will Thomas, Cameron Cleaver, Jack Salt, Jamie Binley.