Uppingham Town have put a serious dent in the title hopes of Peterborough ICA, holding the fourth-placed side to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Town boss Richard Kendrick has always maintained his side should have a say on where the Peterborugh and District League crown eventually goes, and they showed no signs of a hangover from their 5-0 at Netherton loss a week earlier.
ICA were strong early on, taking the lead through Antony Rankin-Thomas’ header after a string of corners. But that goal roused Town and Martin Turiccki levelled ten minutes before the break.
Uppingham skipper Martin Bennett said: “It was a good game and a decent result.
“We did well after they scored and they did not have many clear chances.”
Uppingham levelled when Turiccki and the ICA keeper challenged for Callum O’Berg’s whipped in free-kick. The ball fell loose and it was the Uppingham midfielder who was quickest to react and poke the lose ball home.
Both sides pushed for a winner in the second half with goalkeeper Tom Hubbard quick to thwart ICA on the break and Jamie Binley pulling of a vital tackle inside his own six yard box.
At the other end, Uppingham could have had a penalty when Ollie Webb stayed on his feet under a challenge inside the area.
“It’s nice from a defender’s point-of-view,” added Bennett who said having Turiccki back in midfield mad e a big difference.
“It was a good all round team performance but he had a good game. Sometimes we have to play him up front but we miss him in the middle.”
Uppingham play Whittlesey United away on Saturday when defender Mark Dimech will again be missing. He expects to be out for a couple more weeks after fracturing his toe.
Uppingham: Tom Hubbard, Jamie Binley, Martin Bennett, Jake Norton, Callum O’Berg, Jamie Howe (Omar Elkashoty), Rob Forster, Rob LAwrie, Martin Turiccki, Dave Laughton, Ollie Webb. Subs unused: Harry Gregg, Billy Beaver.