Uppingham Town have recorded victories in their opening two Peterborough League matches
Uppingham Town have netted a victory double to make a solid start to their new Peterborough League Premier Division campaign.
Town followed up the midweek derby win over Oakham United with a three-goal home success over Long Sutton on Saturday.
Paul Sheehan’s side have scored five goals in their opening two wins and have yet to concede ahead of Saturday’s visit to Stilton.
Sheehan said: “It was another good win on Saturday and we're happy with our start. We've just got to try and beat who is in front of us at the moment and see where it takes us.
“We were quite comfortable against Long Sutton after winning what had been a scrappy game against Oakham.
“I felt we just about deserved to win it. We defended well and it was a good game to win.
"There weren't many chances but we had the better ones. They were very gritty and had a penalty with 10 minutes to go which, if it had gone in and we'd drawn the game, then we would have been disappointed."
Uppingham had hit the front in the midweek match at Lands’ End Meadow with a cracking strike from Rob Forster who flicked the ball over the head of Oakham defender Richard Nelson before letting it bounce and then unleashing a fine finish from the edge of the box.
Oakham had a chance to get back into the game with 10 minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty but, despite diving the wrong way, Town goalkeeper Tom Hubbard saved Alex Brockbank’s spot kick with his legs to keep Uppingham ahead.
And they made the most of the vital save by securing the win as Robbie Pearce produced a skilful run to tee up Forster who smashed home his second goal of the game.
Town – who will be without striker Rob Montgomery for several months following a knee operation – handed debuts to three 16-year-olds in the derby win.
Harley Pridmore - son of assistant manager Steve - Will Lewin, brother of Ollie, and Josh Sennett all produced fine performances and again started in the weekend win over Long Sutton.
Town had an early chance to take the lead when the returning Corey Wildman broke clear only to fire at the visiting keeper.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half though when Forster cut in on his trusty left foot and cracked home a fine finish.
The Town frontman then hit the post after going clean through with Cameron Cleaver skimming the crossbar with a shot early in the second period.
The lead was doubled after 55 minutes when a good move down the right saw Callum O’Berg cross for Forster to lay off for Wildman to side-foot home.
Josh Porter headed home from a corner to further strengthen Town’s grip on the game with both Jonny Forster and Sennett having late chances to increase their advantage.