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Uppingham Town are second in the Peterborough League Premier Division after beating Wittering Premiair

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Uppingham Town moved into second spot in the Peterborough League Premier Division after extending their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday.

Paul Sheehan's side ran out 5-1 home winners against Wittering Premiair and are now three points behind league leaders Stilton with two games in hand.

Rob Forster - the Premier Division's leading marksman - netted twice for Town while Josh Sennett also struck two goals.

Rob Forster scored twice for Uppingham. (52232906)
Rob Forster scored twice for Uppingham. (52232906)

Martin Turiccki scored the other goal for Town who have won five and drawn three of their opening eight league games after another solid all-round showing.

Boss Sheehan said: "We did well again. The first half was quite cagey and we looked a threat going forward but Wittering got stuck in and didn't give us any space to play which made it difficult.

"We looked quite dangerous but our final ball just let us down a little bit until we got a couple of goals and then we started to create more. We controlled the game and started to relax a bit.

"We were quite economical with our chances as we probably created 10 and scored five which is good because we have been missing a few too many.

"They were good goals and our fitness really showed in the last 25 minutes because we finished strongly which is pleasing and to win 5-1 was the icing on the cake."

Town had suffered an early setback when Corey Wildman was forced off with an ankle ligament injury which delayed proceedings for 15 minutes.

Wittering had twice gone close with shots after long throw-ins into the box while Turiccki came close to connecting with a dangerous Callum O'Berg cross at the other end.

Sennett saw a free-kick well saved before Town broke the deadlock moments before half-time.

Turiccki took a quick free-kick that sent Forster racing clear and he rounded the keeper to put Town ahead.

Town then doubled their lead within five minutes of the restart to the second half following a hand-ball and Sennett struck home the resultant spot kick.

Wittering were then forced to push more players forward in search of a way back into the contest and Town took advantage by adding their third goal on the hour.

Forster beat his man and reached the byline before pulling the ball back for Sennett to tap home.

Wittering then had a chance to reduce the arrears with 20 minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty following a foul from Harry Bains but home goalkeeper Tom Hubbard saved the spot kick from Andy Moss.

Moss though made amends moments later by scoring as Town started to lose their shape as the game entered the final 15 minutes.

However, the goal galvanised Uppingham again and they soon added a fourth as substitute Will Thomas skilfully beat his marker before crossing for Forster to head home at the back post.

Turiccki then sealed the win with five minutes remaining as he headed home following a Forster free-kick.

They now travel to Crowland Town this weekend to face a home side who are fast becoming the draw specialists of the Premier Division.

They shared the spoils for the fourth time in eight league games on Saturday after a 3-3 draw at Oundle Town.

Town will again be without Robbie Pearce along with long-term injury victims Rob Montgomery and James Howe.

However, their trio of 16-year-olds - Harley Pridmore, Will Lewin and Sennett - continue to impress in their first full season in senior football.

Pridmore soldiered on at the weekend despite a bloodied nose and cut around his eye and boss Sheehan was full of praise for his young guns.

He added: "The young lads are doing really well. Josh has started scoring now while Harley has made a big difference at centre-half and Will's been good at left-back.

"Having them has really helped us because, if they hadn't come through, we would have been a bit light with several players out injured."

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