Uppingham Town defeat Tydd in the Peterborough Senior Cup
Uppingham Town scored five goals for the second successive Saturday to continue their strong start to the Peterborough Senior Cup campaign.
Paul Sheehan's side followed up last week's 5-2 away win over Crowland Town Reserves with a five-star showing against visting Tydd at Tods Piece.
Will Thomas struck a hat-trick with Martin Turiccki and James Howe also netting for Town who are the early Group D pacesetters.
Sheehan said: "It was a better performance than the previous weekend.
"The first half was quite scrappy and, although we led 1-0 at the break which we were fairly pleased about, we needed to move the ball quicker.
"It was something that we emphasised at half-time and we played really well in the second half. I was pleased with our performance because we really upped the tempo."
Both sides struggled to find any rhythm in opening exchanges before Town broke the deadlock midway through the first half with their first meaningful move of the match.
The ball was filtered out to Callum O'Berg who swung over a cracking cross that was converted at the back post by Thomas with a diving header.
Chances continued to be at a premium for both teams in the opening period with Rob Montgomery going close for Town with a header from a Thomas cross just before the interval.
Town seized the initiative after the break and had doubled their advantage within 10 minutes of the restart.
O'Berg saw a fine strike superbly saved by the Tydd goalkeeper and Thomas followed up to side-foot home the rebound.
Town were now in control of the contest and a third goal followed shortly after as Turiccki converted a tidy finish from a Robbie Pearce free-kick into the penalty area.
Tydd pushed forward in search of a way back into the contest and Uppingham were able to add two further goals with a clinical display in the final 15 minutes.
Cameron Cleaver and Ben Easson combined well down the right to cross for Town's fourth goal that was side-footed home by Howe for another fine finish.
Thomas then completed his hat-trick with five minutes remaining as he headed home from close range after a scramble in a crowded box.
Sheehan added: "We defended a lot better as a team this week. We let in two late goals last Saturday so it was important to keep a clean sheet.
"It was something we spoke about before the game and at half-time because we have to get used to dealing with situations if we are winning games.
"They put more forwards on when we went 2-0 up but we dealt with it better so that we could then pick them off.
"We never really looked like conceding in the second half which was pleasing because you have to keep it tight if you want to win football matches."
Sheehan was also full of praise for teenager Oliver Lewin who made his second successive first team start on Saturday.
The 18-year-old, in his first season of men's football, had started the regular league season with the reserves before stepping up for the Senior Cup campaign and has produced two accomplished displays.
Sheehan said: "Oli has done really well. He started Saturday's game in midfield and then went to centre-half so he's versatile and has been a good addition to our squad."
Town are in action at Tods Piece again on Saturday when they host Pinchbeck United Reserves in their third group game.