Uppingham Town go top of the Peterborough League Premier Division after victory over Holbeach United Reserves
Uppingham Town maintained their perfect home record to move to the top of the Peterborough League Premier Division table on Saturday.
Callum O’Berg’s early goal defeated third-placed Holbeach United Reserves as Town secured a seventh successive home win at Tods Piece this season.
Their clean sheet also means Town have conceded just three goals at home this season after another solid all-round performance which netted a fourth consecutive victory.
Manager Paul Sheehan said: “We did really well on Saturday because we hadn’t played how we can in the last two wins.
“Holbeach are a good side and made it a decent game but we deserved the win. We were the better side and for 75 minutes we played really well.
“We were hanging on a bit for the last 15 minutes with it still only being 1-0, but I can’t really remember Tom Hubbard in goal being overly troubled.
“We are defending well which helps and our home form has been good.”
Town started brightly and had opened the scoring within the first five minutes as Josh Sennett robbed the Holbeach right-back who was trying to run the ball out of play.
He squared the ball to Rob Forster who went past the centre-half before finding O’Berg for a tap in at the back post.
Forster then burst clear 10 minutes later and appeared to be pulled back by the chasing Holbeach defender as he entered the penalty area.
The Town striker still got his shot away as he fell to the ground but his effort went wide and Uppingham’s appeals for a penalty were rejected despite the Holbeach defender being booked.
Town didn’t let this affect their performance as they bossed the midfield for the next 30 minutes with Martin Turiccki in fine form for the hosts.
Cameron Cleaver had a good chance to double Town’s lead from a corner as a header was blocked and fell invitingly for the Uppingham player who shot past the post.
Holbeach’s best chance of the first half saw a deep cross to the back post find their attacker who shot wide.
Clear-cut chances were then at a premium in the second period with the outstanding Forster - who had caused the Holbeach defence numerous problems all game - going close after firing into the side-netting with 20 minutes remaining.
Holbeach then pushed more players forward in search of an equaliser and Town had to defend well.
The Tigers struck the outside of the post with a shot from the edge of the penalty area before they grazed the crossbar in the last minute with a curling shot from the left as Town held out to leapfrog Stilton – who were in county cup action – and take pole position in the standings.
They are now two points clear at the top, with both teams having played the same amount of games, ahead of this weekend’s tricky trip to fifth-placed Oundle.