Uppingham Town Reserves 2 Wittering Reserves 4
Wittering Reserves made it through to the quarter-finals of the PFA Junior Cup with this victory as they continued on from their convincing win at home against Farcet Reserves the week before.
The first chance of the game was created by Wittering after great wing play by Ashley Heyworth set up Billy Nairn, only for his shot to be well saved by the goalkeeper.
Nathan Steele then blasted over the bar after a good run by Simon Marshall, who cut the ball back to Steele, before Nairn went on one of his mazy runs only to be denied by the keeper. The opening goal arrived from the penalty spot after Simon Marshall evaded a couple of challenges before being brought down in the box. Eddie winks netted the resulting spot kick.
Nairn added a second after a good passing move involving Steele and Heyworth.Steele made it 3-0 after his first effort was blocked on the line and Nairn should have added another two, hitting the post from just inside the box and then forcing the goalkeeper into a great save.
Uppingham pulled a goal back just before half-time after slack marking from a free kick allowed the Rutland side’s midfielder to head into the box and run onto his header to volley in from six yards.
The second half started brightly for Wittering and they had further opportunities to add to their lead. Firstly, Steele’s shot was well saved, Simon Lucking’s effort went just wide and then sub Pete Robinson hit the post after a great strike from the edge of the box.
Wittering did get a fourth after an Ashley Middleton corner was headed home by the unmarked Lee Booker. Uppingham got a second goal on full time after a free kick was well saved by Luke Watson but fell to the feet of an on-rushing Uppingham player to score.
Wittering player/manager Eddie Winks said: “Uppingham made it difficult for us at times but we were a bit stronger and more clinical at the right times, I don’t think many teams will like going to play at Uppingham because they have some good young players who try to play.”
Wittering are also in the last eight of the Northants Cup with a tie at home to Wellingborough Whitworths Reserves after Corby Eagles were eliminated for fielding a cup-tied player.