Uppingham Town Reserves defeat Long Sutton's A team in the Peterborough Minor Cup
Uppingham Town Reserves gave themselves a fighting chance of securing qualification to the latter stages of the Peterborough Minor Cup after a superb away win at previously unbeaten Long Sutton A on Tuesday night.
The original match was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch but Town defied the long midweek trek to run out 4-1 winners and move up into third spot in Group A.
The Magpies had won all four of their previous matches so Town knew they were in for a battle.
They dominated possession from the start, playing some superb passing football across the park.
The deadlock was broken on the 10 minute mark as Jack Godfrey hit a powerful shot into the bottom corner.
The first half continued with Town on the front foot but it remained 1-0 going into half-time.
Long Sutton responded strongly after the break and it soon became apparent to Town why they had won their first four matches
Town were on the back foot and the Magpies had equalised within five minutes of the restart after a fine finish from their young striker.
Long Sutton continued to pile on the pressure, but the superb centre half combination of Danny Dumford and Jamie Binley were resolute in soaking it all up.
Town then struck again with 20 minutes remaining as Godfrey took advantage of a defensive mix-up and made a great run past the last man and finished with a very composed 18-yard lob over the stranded Sutton keeper.
This really kick-started Uppingham once more and they introduced young substitute sub Josh Bryan who made an instant impact.
Centre-back Binley made it 3-1 with a powerful blast following a Town corner before the match was wrapped up with a superb individual effort from Jordan Spencer in last minute.
Joint Town reserve team boss Joe Harley said: "It was a brilliant display from the whole team – probably our best all season.
"We had all travelled a long way on a Tuesday night so I said to the lads that we don't want that long drive back with nothing to show for it.
"We also knew a win would keep the cup dream alive. The next two matches are now huge for us."
Uppingham visit Dreams Reserves on Saturday before rounding off their group campaign the following weekend with a home match against Orton Rangers' second string.