Uppingham Town beat Stamford Lions in a Peterborough League Premier Division derby
A last-gasp goal from Callum O'Berg settled Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division derby at Tods Piece.
O'Berg netted the crucial goal with just two minutes remaining as Uppingham Town edged out Stamford Lions.
The Uppingham midfielder had earlier given his side a first half advantage before Dan Dimeo levelled from the penalty spot for Lions.
The Stamford side had suffered a setback before the game when their already depleted line-up had top scorer Tom Russell drop out on the morning of the game due to illness.
Surprisingly Lions started the brighter of the two sides and almost took a shock lead when Seth Burkett rifled a left foot shot that was heading for the top corner but for an outstanding save from Uppingham goalkeeper Tom Hubbard.
The game was reasonably balanced, with Uppingham dominating possession, but the Lions looked dangerous on the counter-attack.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half when Rob Forster raced to the byline and pulled the ball into the path of O'Berg who slotted into the bottom corner.
The goal seemed to deflate the spirit of the Stamford side and Uppingham pushed forward in an attempt to double their lead.
Lions had to thank teenage goalkeeper Jasper Kidd for denying Town a second first half goal with three cracking saves.
Forster's first fierce drive was palmed away before fine saves twice kept out Martin Turiccki, Josh Sennett and O'Berg.
Lions survived the pressure and ended the half with an opportunity of their own as Dimeo raced past the Uppingham defence but saw his shot well saved by Hubbard.
The second half saw Uppingham insert more intensity in their attack and the Lions were forced back to defend deep.
The task grew harder for the Stamford side when centre-back Kyle Carter-Lawrence was sin-binned for 10 minutes.
Uppingham threw players forward but could not penetrate a rigid backline as Lions captain Danny Sheehan marshalled his back four in commanding fashion.
When a shot did penetrate, Kidd was equal to it while Sennett smashed a free-kick which rattled the crossbar.
With Carter-Lawrence rejoining the action, Lions enjoyed some pressure in the final quarter-of-an-hour of the match.
Dimeo's pace was a constant threat and, when he raced into the home side's area, young defender Harley Pridmore brought down the pacey forward and Lions were awarded a penalty.
Dimeo dispatched the spot kick and the scores were level with 12 minutes to play.
Both sides wanted to win the game as the match flowed from end-to-end.
And, with just two minutes remaining, a swift counter-attack from Uppingham released the dangerous Forster who raced away towards the Lions goal and clipped in an excellent cross for O'Berg to smash in his second and win the match for the Rutlanders.