Uppingham Town defeat Moulton Harrox in Peterborough League Premier Division match
Uppingham Town continued their scalp of the Peterborough League big guns after beating reigning Premier Division champions Moulton Harrox on Saturday.
Rob Forster's goal secured a brace of brilliant back-to-back wins for Ryan Hunnings' side who had beaten league leaders Netherton United the previous weekend.
Hunnings felt his side's recent displays mirrored their early season form which saw them win five of their opening six games.
He said: "I didn't think we played as well on Saturday as the previous weekend against Netherton.
"We looked a little bit lethargic in the first half. We had to defend really well because Moulton were the better side and had more chances.
"We probably showed them a bit too much respect in the first half and were lacking that bit of extra energy we showed against Netherton.
"We had a bit of a shake up with the formation at half-time because we wanted to get on the front foot more and the second half was a really good team performance.
"We are starting to show the form that we were in at the start of the season. The formation is working for us and, although we've had to make a couple of changes to the side recently, we seem to have got our work ethic back."
Uppingham handed a debut to new signing Jamie Maxwell on Saturday having recruited the full-back from league rivals Oakham United.
However, injury curtailed Maxwell's bow after just 10 minutes and he was replaced by Will Thomas who slotted into a back four which produced a tremendous rearguard action when called upon.
Centre-halves Danny Dumford and Billy Henshaw were in superb form alongside full-back Harry Bains.
That helped keep Harrox at bay as they enjoyed the lions share of the possession in the opening period.
Town started the second half on the offensive and took the lead within 10 minutes of the restart when Henshaw was dominant in an aerial duel and his powerful header set up Forster to beat his man and slot home past advancing Harrox goalkeeper Wayne Wilding.
Uppingham could then have doubled their lead when Forster was felled in the box by Wilding in another one-on-one.
However, the usually-reliable James Howe missed from the spot for the first time this season after firing his penalty over the crossbar.
This sparked a late Harrox onslaught but Town's defensive qualities again shone through with a series of superb last-ditch tackles ensuring they returned to Rutland with a maximum points haul.
Town will now have to wait for their next action as the Peterborough League has suspended all its fixtures due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.
A statement from the Football Association following the announcement by the Government on Monday advised that all grassroots football in England was postponed for the foreseeable future.
It said: "We have decided to postpone all matches across all FA competitions, including those outside of the professional game, until April 3.
"We are committed to trying to complete all competition fixtures and will be liaising with the relevant parties to establish appropriate options to do so.
"Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
"We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review."
Town: Hubbard, Maxwell, Bains, Dumford, Henshaw, Howe, O'Berg, Porter, Turiccki, R Forster, J Forster. Subs used: Brockbank, Godfrey, Thomas.
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