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Uppingham Town defeat Crowland Town Reserves in their Peterborough Senior Cup group opener

Uppingham made a solid start to their Peterborough Senior Cup campaign despite the late dismissal of striker Rob Forster in Saturday's group opener at Crowland Town Reserves.

Forster saw red in the final minute of the contest after retaliating following a series of strong challenges from the home side throughout the match.

Uppingham had earlier scored five goals without reply to be in a comfortable position before their Division One hosts netted twice in the final couple of minutes.

Crowland Reserves v Uppingham Town (46120282)
Crowland Reserves v Uppingham Town (46120282)

Town boss Paul Sheehan said: "We played quite well and it was obviously nice to get the win.

"We were pleased with what we did on the whole because we had only played one friendly before Saturday's game.

"It's hard to judge how much training to do when you're coming back because a lot of people hadn't done anything for three or four months.

"It was quite a physical game on Saturday as well, but it's good start to get us out of the blocks.

"We looked good, passed the ball well and, although we will have harder tests, we did enough and now move on to this week."

Both sides took time to get into their stride in the opening exchanges before Town hit the front after 15 minutes.

Crowland Reserves v Uppingham Town (46120106)
Crowland Reserves v Uppingham Town (46120106)

Forster saw his shot saved by the home goalkeeper with Rob Montgomery first to pounce on the rebound and give Town the lead.

Town contined to dominate and both Montgomery and Callum O'Berg missed good opportunities to increase their advantage before the break.

Uppingham started the second half strongly and Montgomery scored his and Town's second on the hour mark with an audacious 25-yard chip over the home goalkeeper.

Crowland Reserves v Uppingham Town (46120097)
Crowland Reserves v Uppingham Town (46120097)

Two further quick-fire goals in 10 minutes then cemented Town's hold on proceedings as Tom Horton-Bell bagged a brace of close range finishes.

Substitute James Howe - who was struggling with a knock picked up in a friendly last week - then completed Town's scoring with 15 minutes remaining after side-footing home a Forster cross.

Town then pushed forward in search of more goals but, in doing so, lost their shape which allowed Crowland to strike twice through Matt Cox and Joe Brooks.

Uppingham entertain Tydd in their next group match on Saturday. The game at Tods Piece will kick-off at 4.30pm following a recommendation by the Football Association that no fixtures take place between 2.45pm and 4.15pm as a mark of respect due to the funeral of Prince Philip.

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