Uppingham Town Reserves remain on course to reach the quarter-finals of the Peterborough Minor Cup
Uppingham Town Reserves kept their Peterborough Minor Cup dream well and truly alive with an emphatic nine-goal victory at Dreams on Saturday.
Desite having just 12 players available, Town knew that nothing more than a victory was going to be good enough to keep the pressure on Long Sutton in second place as was improving the goal difference.
The match started as a very scrappy affair with both teams very loose in possession.
Dreams actually came closest early on with a superb free kick which was saved excellently by Danny Foster who at full stretch tipped the ball on to the bar.
Frustration kicked in for Town minutes later as they lost the superb Jamie Binley to a hamstring strain which meant Jack Godfrey moved into centre-back and Craig Guest was called into early action in the middle.
Town shrugged off the setback and the deadlock was broken after 15 minutes with a composed left footed finish by Omar Elkashoty.
This was soon doubled with a powerful strike by Jordan Spencer following a darting run on his favoured right wing.
It was, however, not until after half-time that Town really woke up as they began dominating possession by playing some superb passing football across the park.
Elkashoty made it 3-0 with another left footed strike and Spencer soon added a fourth with a superb 20-yard lob following a great assist by Guest.
Elkashoty completed his hat-trick on the hour mark and then made it 6-0 with his fourth for the day 10 minutes later.
Town skipper Jonny Forster got in on the goalscoring action on the 75th minute mark with a composed finish to make it 7-0.
Defender Russell Hallam made it eight with a header following a corner before Elkashoty wrapped up the scoring with his fifth of the day to make it 9-0 in the last minute.
Joint manager Joe Harley said: "The lads were absolutely superb.
"We knew that a big win was imperative to keep the cup dream alive and they absolutely pulled it out of the bag.
"The lads remained professional for the full 90 minutes and also huge credit goes to Dreams who still gave 100 per cent throughout despite the score.
"We must now beat Orton Rangers on Saturday and hope that Netherton do us a favour by beating Long Sutton in their final match.
"If that happens we will be even on points but after this win will go through on goal difference so we are keeping everything crossed."