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Football: Uppingham Town's promotion dreams on hold after draw against Stamford Bels

Uppingham Town’s drive for promotion from Peterborough League Division One is still very much on course, but celebrations stay on hold after they were held to a 1-1 draw by a determined Stamford Bels side on Saturday.

After an evenly contested first half, Uppingham finally broke the deadlock on 50 minutes when Rob Forster gave the goalkeeper no chance with a sweet strike from 20 yards.

But Bels responded well and levelled within 10 minutes with a near post opportunity converted by Paul Cramp.

From then on the game could have gone either way.

Uppingham in action against Stamford Bels
Uppingham in action against Stamford Bels

Bels were denied a penalty shout when Lewis Morley went down in the box and Uppingham had a chance cleared off the line by Cramp.

Despite continued pressure in the final 15 minutes Uppingham were unable to find a way past a resolute Bels, who stuck tenaciously to their task.

For their part, Uppingham were disappointed not to have made the most of the several opportunities throughout the 90 minutes.

Bels were content to have been only the second side to take a point off Uppingham at Tod’s Piece this season.

Bels’ Lewis Morley said: “For me it was probably the best game of football this season. To draw away from home against a strong Uppingham side is a great achievement.”

Uppingham travel to Spalding on Saturday in the semi-final of the Peterborough Challenge Cup

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