Uppingham boss hopes to build on a promising campaign

Callum O'Berg in action for Uppingham Town against Oakham United'Photo: MSMP170413-012ow
Callum O'Berg in action for Uppingham Town against Oakham United'Photo: MSMP170413-012ow
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Uppingham Town manager Richard Kendrick is already planning ahead as his side aim to end the current campaign with a third straight win.

Town take on bottom side King’s Cliffe on Saturday and, after scoring 10 in their last two outings, Kendrick wants to end the season on a high.

He also has one eye on the 2013-14 season and expects to bring in a couple of top quality players to strengthen his squad for the next campaign.

The Uppingham boss wouldn’t reveal who he plans to bring in but he promised a couple of surprises.

He said: “I think we have come on leaps and bounds this season. The youngsters have really come of age.

“Callum O’Berg is a fantastic young player, Jake Norton has had a great season and on his day there is no better keeper in the league than Tom Hubbard.

“They are all staying next year and with the additions that I think we are getting we will look strong.”

He added: “I was hoping for fifth but it looks like we will finish seventh once ICA play all their games.

“Overall it has been a good season which sets us up well for next year. If we can win on Saturday we will have a positive goal difference and hopefully we can finish on a high.”

Uppingham tore through Riverside last weekend, winning 6-0. Dave Laughton and Oli Webb both bagged a brace, with Rob Forster and Mark Dimech also on the scoresheet but the Town boss felt they could easily have made it double figures. Town struck the woodwork and had the ball in the net twice only to be flagged offside.

“We scored six away from home but we should have put it to bed earlier and could have had more,” said Kendrick.

Forster opened the scoring, tapping home a cross, just inside the half hour and a minute later Laughton doubled Uppingham’s first half advantage.

Laughton added his second early in the second half, rounding off a good team move. His strike partner Webb added a quick double midway through the half and Dimech scored the sixth late in the game, on his return from injury.

Uppingham: Tom Hubbard, Martin Bennett, James Binley, James Coughlan (Mark Dimech), Omar Elkashoty (Jack Henshaw), Rob Forster, Dave Laughton, Jake Norton, Martin Turiccki, Steve Wallhead (Jamie Howe), Oli Webb.