Updated 10am: Uppingham ran out 2-0 winners against derby rivals Oakham United last night (Tuesday) in the Peterborough and District Premier Division.
It was the first league game of the season for both and came after Oakham’s 7-1 cup defeat on Saturday.
The goals came in the second half at the Uppingham ground when the home side’s Jake Norton scored a Peter Crouch-like volley and Andy Sayers doubled the lead with just a couple of minutes left to play.
Uppingham manager Richard Kendrick said it was a typical derby and although the football suffered at times it was played in a good spirit.
He added: “We probably could have had a few more as we hit the woodwork four times and their keeper made a couple of cracking saves.
“The first half struggled but it got better in the second half.”
Oakham United have been hit hard over the summer as quite a few players have left for other clubs. Last year they had a first, reserves and a thirds team and now they are down to one team.
Manager Pat Johnson admits they are struggling with numbers but is hoping that will change in the usual player merry-go-round during the first few weeks of the season.
And he could not fault the commitment by his team last night.
He said: “I was more than happy with the effort of the lads last night, some of have up from the reserves and with a bit more fitness, a bit more nous they can do well.
“It was nil nil at half-time and we had a couple of chances but in the second half they were a lot stronger and deserved it.”
In division one of the Peterborough and District League, Ketton drew with Ryhall 3-3 at home.
In the UCL Premier Division Deeping Rangers put their 3-2 disappointment on Saturday firmly behind them with a amssive 8-2 drubbing of Sleaford.
Alex Beck (3), Ondre Odain (2), Matt Heron, Mitch Griffiths and Spencer Tinkler all netted in a memorable 8-2 win at Eslaforde Park.
Three of the goals came from the penalty spot, with Tinkler, Odain and Heron all holding their nerve.
Tuesday’s UCL Premier Division results: AFC Kempston Rovers 4 Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 4; AFC Rushden & Diamonds 4 Northampton Sileby Rangers 0; Boston Town 0 Spalding United 3; Cogenhoe United 0 Wellingborough Town 0; Long Buckby 0 Desborough Town 0; Newport Pagnell Town 2 Yaxley 3; Sleaford Town 2 Deeping Rangers 8; Wisbech Town 2 Peterborough Northern Star 1.