There were contrasting fortunes for Uppingham’s two senior sides on Saturday with the first team tasting victory, albeit bittered by an increasing injury toll, and the brave reserves suffered a thrashing.
In the PDFL Premier Division, Uppingham beat Leverington Sports 2-0. However, three divisions below, the nine-man reserves lost a whopping 19-1 to Todd St Mary.
At home for the first team, Rob Forster created a couple of early chances for Uppingham with dangerous deliveries from corners. First Steve Wallhead had a header well saved by the Leverington keeper and then Robert Montgomery blazed over.
On the half hour mark another Forster cross caused chaos in the visitors’ box and in the end it beat everyone to finish in the back of the net.
Tom Hubbard in the Uppingham goal had barely been tested and his afternoon didn’t get much harder in the second half, stopping a couple of distance shots with ease.
After the break Montgomery added a second with a shot from about 20 yards out which the visiting keeper should have done better with.
Assistant manager Billy Beaver said: “It was quite a comfortable win until we started losing people to injury.”
What was looking like a great day for Town turned into a bit of a nightmare when both Wallhead and Paul Sheehan came off with knee injuries, in addition to Dylan Oliver who picked up a knee injury last week. Both Oliver and Sheehan look likely to be out of action for some time.
The result is players are looking a little thin on the ground in Uppingham and that was especially true for the reserve team in the PDFL Division Three, at Todd St Mary on Saturday when they turned up two short.
Beaver said: “They went with nine, a few dropped out late in the day so there was not time to get replacements. It was either go and play or take the £60 fine. Fair play for Craig Guest for taking a side there and taking it on the chin.
“It was a bit hard on young Travis Dolby making his debut in goal. Fair play to the lad he was still smiling back in the clubhouse at the end of the day.”