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Uppingham Town are through to the quarter-finals of the Peterborough Senior Cup after victory over Thorpe Wood Rangers




Uppingham Town won the clash of the two previously unbeaten teams in their Peterborough Senior Cup group to secure their place in the last eight of the competition on Saturday.

Callum O'Berg bagged a brace for Paul Sheehan's side who are through to the quarter-finals after recording five successive victories.

Their impressive run has seen Town score 21 goals and concede just three as Saturday's success secured a third consecutive clean sheet at Tods Piece.

Uppingham Town were 2-0 winners against Thorpe Wood Rangers on Saturday. (47308145)
Uppingham Town were 2-0 winners against Thorpe Wood Rangers on Saturday. (47308145)

Visiting Thorpe Wood have bolstered their ranks for the cup campaign by including Deeping Rangers duo Jake Sansby and Jones De Sousa in their side.

And the Division Two side played their part in a cracking contest which saw Town net a goal in each half while also squandering a series of good chances.

Manager Sheehan said: "It was a good win and we played well again.

"We deserved the win because we missed quite a few chances as well.

"It was a good game and you could see why Thorpe Wood have hurt teams in this competition.

"We hyped it up as a big game and it was a good test for us so it was important that we played well."

Uppingham Town were 2-0 winners against Thorpe Wood Rangers on Saturday. (47308065)
Uppingham Town were 2-0 winners against Thorpe Wood Rangers on Saturday. (47308065)

An even opening to the contest saw Town begin to assert their authority on the first half as the game wore on.

Rob Montgomery went clean through only to be thwarted by the Thorpe Wood keeper saving at his feet while O'Berg shot wide from a similar opening.

Cameron Cleaver fired an effort over the bar when well placed before Town broke the deadlock after 35 minutes.

Robbie Pearce played a fine pass in behind the Thorpe Wood defence and O'Berg burst clear to finish in a one-on-one.

Town came out after the break looking for the crucial second goal which their performance had deserved.

And their reward for another fine display came on the hour mark when Montgomery's excellent hold-up play set Rob Forster free.

Uppingham Town were 2-0 winners against Thorpe Wood Rangers on Saturday. (47308155)
Uppingham Town were 2-0 winners against Thorpe Wood Rangers on Saturday. (47308155)

As the keeper closed down the Town frontman, he squared his pass to O'Berg who beat two covering defenders on the line with a tidy finish into the bottom corner.

Thorpe Wood always offered a threat going forward but Harry Bains produced a superb display to quell the attacking intent of De Sousa while Cleaver helped contain Sansby in a man-marking role.

The visitors had their best chance with 20 minutes remaining when the ball ricocheted kindly in the box for their player to fire goalwards only to be denied by a brilliant reflex save from Tom Hubbard in the Town goal.

Uppingham could have increased their lead further in the latter stages with Montgomery twice going close with headers but they were unable to add to their tally.

Town now need a point from Saturday's Group D finale at Rippingale and Folkingham to secure top spot and a home tie in the quarter-finals.



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