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Uppingham Town are top of the Peterborough League Premier Division after victory over Oundle Town



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Uppingham Town recorded their seventh successive victory on Saturday to ensure they will top the Peterborough League Premier Division table going into the Christmas break.

Jordan Neil bagged a brace as Town defeated Oundle 2-1 to maintain their 100 per cent home record at Tods Piece this season with a ninth home win.

The victory keeps them two points clear of second-placed Stilton who are in county cup action this weekend while Town are without a game which made Saturday's success vital against a Oundle side who set up with a game-plan to contain the league leaders.

Robbie Pearce was back in Uppingham's starting line-up on Saturday. (53757478)
Robbie Pearce was back in Uppingham's starting line-up on Saturday. (53757478)

Boss Paul Sheehan said: "It was just important to win the game on Saturday, especially after having a week off and with a few players missing.

"We played well and it's nice to be top at Christmas, but we know that there's still a long way to go and nobody is getting carried away.

"We're where we are because we have worked hard and that's all we can keep trying to do to keep it going."

Oundle had started the better of the two teams as Town failed to find their groove early on after a week off following the postponement of last weekend's clash with Stamford Lions.

Cardin Pierre-Liverpool burst clear for the visitors inside the opening 10 minutes but was thwarted by a fine save in a one-on-one with Town goalkeeper Tom Hubbard.

Town started to work their way into the contest and Neil had a good chance after linking well with Rob Forster and Callum O'Berg but side-footed his effort over the bar.

O'Berg then had the best chance of the half from a Neil cross but he shot straight at the Oundle goalkeeper from close range and the ball was deflected over the crossbar.

Town were boosted by being able to start Robbie Pearce after a spell out injured and he collected a punched clearance from the Oundle goalkeeper which he half-volleyed back from 25 yards out only to see an visiting defender head clear off the line.

Uppingham then broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time as Neil swung in a high cross from the left that evaded everyone and hit the far post before going into the Oundle net.

Town enjoyed their best spell of the game in the opening 15 minutes of the second period and doubled their lead when they were awarded a penalty for hand-ball from Josh Porter's header following a corner and Neil converted the resultant spot kick.

Pierre-Liverpool went close to halving the deficit as he narrowly missed out on converting a cross to the back post before Josh Sennett struck a shot just wide from Forster's pass as Town pushed for a third goal.

It was Oundle though who netted the final goal of the afternoon with virtually the last kick of the game through Scott Gardner.

But it was too little, too late as Uppingham maintained their championship charge in their final match before the Christmas break.

They are next scheduled to return to action on January 15 when they host a Crowland side who are the only team to have defeated Town in the league this season.

Prolific striker Rob Montgomery - who has been out injured all season - is poised to return in the New Year to boost Town's title tilt.

Uppingham Reserves hit the goal trail on Saturday at Warboys' second string as they ran out 9-2 away winners in their Division Four match.

Sam Blackwell blasted four goals with Omar Elkashoty hitting a hat-trick while Oliver Crocker and Louie Miles also netted.



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