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Town will now turn their attention to semi-final showing




Uppingham Town had to twice come from behind to maintain their unbeaten run after a 2-2 draw at Oundle Town in Saturday's Peterborough League Division One clash.

The well-matched contest saw Town held for the first time since the goalless draw at Wittering in mid-October.

Conditions on the day did not allow for free-flowing football with both teams struggling to gain any momentum in the opening 20 minutes of the first half.

Martin Turiccki (6813134)
Martin Turiccki (6813134)

Uppingham created the first chance of the game when Martin Turiccki glanced a header wide from a Josh Porter corner.

Chances were scarce for both teams until Oundle took the lead after 25 minutes when, from a corner, Uppingham failed to clear and the hosts scored from six yards out.

Uppingham reacted well to being behind and were level within 10 minutes when Rob Forster collected a clearance from a corner to cross into the Oundle box where Porter scored from close range at the near post to take the teams in at half-time on level terms.

The second half again began with both teams trying to gain the upper hand and it was Oundle who had the first chance after 10 minutes when Tom Hubbard was forced into a save at his near post.

With 20 minutes of the second half gone it was again Oundle who created the best chance when Hubbard made a terrific double save to force a corner.

Tom Hubbard (6813142)
Tom Hubbard (6813142)

However, Oundle went ahead again from the corner which Uppingham did not defend well when it was headed in at the far post.

Uppingham forced themselves forward in search of an equaliser and with 20 minutes left the home keeper made a crucial save by stopping a Turricki shot from the edge of the box.

From the resulting corner Oundle partially cleared to the edge of the area and, from Will Thomas' deflected shot, the ball fell to Callum O’Berg who levelled the scores from six yards.

Chances were again at a premium as both teams went in search of a winner, although Sam Eldridge - on his return to the Uppingham first team squad after injury - almost got the winner with five minutes remaining when he reacted first to a blocked shot but could not force the ball home.

This was a fair result for both sides in what was a hard-fought game as Town stay second in the league table.

Their attention now turns to Saturday's Leicestershire Intermediate Cup semi-final at Loughborough-based Falcons as Town aim to reach their first cup final in almost 20 years.

Town: Tom Hubbard, Jordan Spencer, Harry Bains, Billy Henshaw, Jack Salt, Josh Porter, Martin Turiccki, James Howe, Callum O'Berg, Rob Forster, Rob Montgomery. Subs: Will Thomas, Danny Dumford, Cameron Cleaver, Sam Eldridge.



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