Uppingham boss calls for players to show commitment

Uppingham Town v Peterborough ICA Sports, January 25, 2014
Uppingham Town v Peterborough ICA Sports, January 25, 2014
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Uppingham boss Richard Kendrick has questioned some of his players’ commitment to the cause after a second straight defeat after returning to action from a wet weather lay-off.

Uppingham Town lost 4-2 to Peterborough ICA Sports in the PDFL Premier at home on Saturday.

The visitors were already 3-1 up at half time after capitalising on mistakes by Town.

Kendrick said: “It was an awful game.

“You can’t play any worse than that. They were nothing special either and looked ring rusty. We gave the ball away cheaply and they punished us.”

Martin Turiccki got Uppingham’s opening goal and the second half saw the home side put in a much improved performance.

Rob Forster scored a nice free kick before Uppingham wasted chances to go level .

Martin Bennett struck the post, Dave Laughton narrowly pushed a shot wide of goal and Forster had an excellent shot saved by the keeper.

Kendrick said: “The ref took us off the pitch when we were getting into our game, which checked us a bit and then in the final minute we conceded a penalty.”

Keeper Tom Hubbard conceded the spot kick when he slid into an approaching Peterborough player.

Kendrick said: “The lads can ruin the season by not applying themselves.

“We have got to keep the pressure on the boys at the top or we are on a slippery slope.

“We have got to knuckle down and work for 90 minutes.

“We have got this far by working together as a team. That is how my teams have always been.

“But at the moment only half the team is willing to put a good shift in which is not fair to the other players. At the moment they are embarrassing the club.

“We don’t want to get used to losing. We have to get back to winning ways like we have been all season.”

Next up for Uppingham are Coates Athletic at home on February 8.