Uppingham Town draw against Leverington Sports in Peterborough League Premier Division clash
Uppingham Town snatched a late leveller to secure a share of the spoils with Leverington in a topsy-turvy Peterborough League Premier Division tussle on Saturday.
Paul Sheehan's side had raced into a two goal lead inside the opening 12 minutes before being pegged back by their hosts who then took the advantage in the second half after Town had missed a penalty just ahead of the interval.
However, Uppingham then hit back late on to return home with a point thanks to goals from Rob Forster, Rob Montgomery and Billy Henshaw.
The draw means Town are now unbeaten in their last four games and boss Sheehan is satisfied with their progress since taking over the helm last month.
He said: "It was pleasing that we got back into the game after being behind but it is one of them which you look back at as well after going 2-0 up.
"We probably dominated the game for an hour so we have to do better and keep it tighter in those other periods.
"You have to take the positives though and we scored three goals and we look a threat going forward which is good.
"It's pleasing that we look like a side which can score a lot of goals and in all of the games recently we have been the better side.
"It's those little periods where the game goes end-to-end that we are too easy to score against.
"The only way to sort that is to work hard and get tighter to players which is what we're going to try and do."
Town had the strong wind at their backs in the opening period and they immediately made the most of the elements in an excellent start.
Forster put them ahead after nine minutes when he tapped home from close range after the home goalkeeper had spilled a cross.
The lead was doubled three minutes later as Jack Salt hit a free-kick to the back post and Montgomery rose superbly to head home the second goal.
Town continued to dominate and came close to extending their lead when a slick passing move teed up Callum O'Berg whose effort brought a superb save out of the home custodian.
They were then rocked as Leverington halved the deficit after 25 minutes when a couple of passes carved Town open and the home striker raced clear to finish well past Tom Hubbard.
Town responded and James Howe came close to converting an excellent cross from O'Berg before the visitors suffered a double sin-bin setback.
Two players were forced to sit out the game for 10 minutes in the build-up to half-time and shortly after Leverington - who also had two players sin-binned during the afternoon - got back on level terms when a cross to the back post was tapped home.
Town's nine men rallied and a minute before half-time Forster latched onto a long clearance before rounding a couple of players only to be felled in the box.
With regular penalty-taker Howe one of the Town players sin-binned, Jordan Spencer took on the spot kick duties and fired his effort over the crossbar.
Despite Town being back to their full compliment of players after the break, they fell behind on the hour mark when a cross was only half-cleared to the edge of the box and a Leverington player rifled home a fine finish into the far corner.
Town regained their dominance for the final 30 minutes of the contest and finally equalised in the dying throes.
A corner picked out Henshaw who volleyed home from the penalty spot to secure a share of the spoils.
Town host unbeaten Holbeach United Reserves at Tod's Piece on Saturday.
Findlay Bishop bagged a hat-trick as Uppingham's reserve side recorded a 4-0 home win over Orton Rangers on Saturday.
Jonny Forster was also on target in the home success which moved Town's second string up to fourth spot in the Division Four table.