Cricketers help Uppingham Town FC hit Crowland for six

Action from Uppingham Town v Crowland Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150817-172155001

Action from Uppingham Town v Crowland Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150817-172155001

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Uppingham Town are very much on an upward curve right now, they have won four of their last five games and the only loss was on penalties in the cup.

After a difficult start to the year Uppingham have seen their key players return to action and it has transformed the team from bottom of the league strugglers to division climbers.

On Saturday Uppingham beat Crowland Town 6-1 in the PDFL Premier Division to go 15th in the division, out of the relegation zone, and still with games in hand over many of the side around them. If they hadn’t been docked points for accidentally fielding an ineligible player they would be mid-table.

Town manager Billy Beaver said: “We are on a bit of a run at the moment. We have got the cricket lads back and they have settled in now.

“Confidence is up, you can see the belief running through us on the pitch.”

Beaver said having cricketer Martin Bennett back to skipper the side has made a huge difference as had midfielder Danny Dumford. Mark Dimech has also returned from injury to bring an added organising presence to the defence. All three were in action on Saturday and despite travelling with the bare 11 players Uppingham did not have to be their best to hit half a dozen goals.

Beaver said: “Crowland were really very poor to be honest. It was only a game for about ten minutes after they scored.”

Town took the lead in the 25th minute through Rob Montgomery, who scored the first of two goals on the afternoon despite struggling with a knee injury. However Crowland’s Ian Walker scored almost from the kick-off to level the scores after a series of mistakes by Uppingham

That woke the hosts up but when Dimech headed in a corner they lost most of their fight.

Montgomery added a third from distance just before the break. The big striker has struggled for goals during Uppingham’s winning run but his work on the training paddock has paid off and he is now not just getting the goals but holding the ball up well to play in those around him.

After the break Jimmy Howe, Jamie Binley and a Will Thomas finished the job for Town.

Uppingham Town: Tom Hubbard, Jonathan Forster, Matt Hill, Mark Dimech, Jamie Binley, James Howe, Danny Dumford, Martin Bennett, Mark Binley, Will Thomas and Rob Montgomery.