Peterborough & District League
UPPINGHAM may be out of the Peterborough and District League title race but they could still have a major influence on the destination of the silverware.
Richard Kendrick’s side, who led the league for so long before a recent slump in form, returned to their best on Saturday and held new leaders Ramsey Town to a 1-1 draw.
In their three remaining games, Uppingham have to play second-placed Pinchbeck and Kendrick is determined to see his side end the season in style.
Uppingham came back from a goal down at home to Ramsey with Dave Laughton rounding the keeper to level with 15 minutes remaining. Before that, Laughton and man-of-the-match Martin Turiccki had both seen efforts cleared off the line.
Kendrick said: “We put some pride back in the team on Saturday.
“If we had played half as good against Bels and Rangers we would have picked up points in our last few games.”
l Uppingham’s reserves were beaten 6-2 by Powerleague Reserves in the final of the Peterborough Minor Cup.
Rob Lawrie and Jamie Binley scored for Town but Kendrick accepted Uppingham had been beaten by a good side on the night.
“They looked a little bit nervous and were beaten by a better side.”
A coach-load of fans went to the game and Kendrick praised the side coached by Craig Guest and Andy Robb, adding: “I would like to congratulate them for reaching the final and giving the club a night out.”
l ELSEWHERE in the Peterborough & District League, Rutland Rangers have made their top flight status all but mathematically safe before the summer merger with Oakham Imps.
After beating Uppingham 1-0 midweek, Andy Saddington’s side beat Coates Athletic 3-2. David Bates, Jamie Forbes and Tane Scott were all on target for Rangers.
Rock-bottom Bels’ battle to avoid the drop looks bleaker after a 3-2 reverse at Leverington.
Lee Conneely and Rhys Ford scored for Bels, who now look odds-on to be relegated.
Bels boss Martin Conneely said: “The lads were absolutely gutted but they aren’t going to give up. We’ve got nothing to lose now.”
Deeping Sports lost 3-0 at home to Crowland and then beaten 2-0 by league leaders Ramsey on Wednesday.
In Division One Ketton lost 3-1 at Sawtry where Simon Cranwell scored for the Rutlanders.
Leicestershire Senior League
COTTESMORE will finish the season third from bottom.
Amateurs lost 3-1 to Saffron Dynamo, the one team they could have still have caught, on Saturday.
Dynamo went 2-0 up before the break. Seb Archer Fern made life interesting just after the break but Dynamo restored their advantage just before time to seal the points.