Uppingham Town prepare for President Premier Shield showdown with victory over battling Thorney

Action from Uppingham Town against Leverington Sports. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-151221-095009001
Action from Uppingham Town against Leverington Sports. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-151221-095009001

Uppingham Town had the perfect preparations for their big President Premier Shield showdown on Saturday with PDFL Premier Division leaders Moulton Harrox by beating Thorney 4-2 on Saturday.

It was Uppingham’s sixth successive league win which has seen them climb from bottom to 12th.

It took a bit of ingenuity to play Saturday’s game as Thorney’s normal home field was waterlogged, but the match was switched to the all weather surface at Bushfields and early on it looked like things were going to work out well for the ‘hosts.’

Thorney opened the scoring after 10 minutes of action, Thomas Retzlaff was in the right place to fire in a rebound after Town keeper Tom Hubbard initially made a good save.

After another scare Uppingham levelled through Jake Norton, who then turned provider for Jamie Dumford after the visitors caught out Thorney with a quick free kick.

But Thorney had life in them yet and John Regan curled a free-kick into the corner of the goal, despite a well formed Uppingham wall, to make the score level at 2-2.

However before the interval Rob Montgomery poked Uppingham back in front, on rather he smashed them back into the lead, scoring from all of 40 yards after a poor clearance by the home goalkeeper.

After the break Uppingham showed another string to their bow by tightening up the game and taking control.

On 55 minutes Montgomery scored his second of the match to give the visitors some breathing room.

Uppingham Town: Tom Hubbard, Jonathan Forster, Matt Hill, Mark Dimech (Jack Salt), Jamie Dumford, Martin Bennett, James Howe, Danny Dumford, Will Thomas (Adam Binley), Rob Montgomery. Sub unused: Rob Lawrie.