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Uppingham Town are beaten by Deeping Rangers Reserves in the Peterborough League Premier Division





Manager Paul Sheehan felt his Uppingham Town side had created enough chances to have won three games of football after they fell to a surprise home loss on Saturday.

Town went down to a 3-2 reversal against Deeping Rangers Reserves who netted a late winner through an own goal in the Peterborough League Premier Division clash.

Goals from Jordan Neil and Louie Venni had cancelled out earlier efforts from Ben Cowles and Jaden Walker before Town conceded again late on.

Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Boss Sheehan said: "It was a disappointing afternoon.

"We played well and created enough chances to win three games of football but it was just one of those games you get every now and then.

"Ignoring the final goal, if we had won the game 5-2 we would have said it was a good performance.

Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes

"It's all ifs and buts though and there isn't anything we can do about it now. We just have to dust ourselves down and move onto the next game."

Uppingham had made a fast start and Neil's cross found Rob Forster whose shot from six yards was saved by Deeping goalkeeper Aaron Butcher.

Another cross from Neil rolled agonisingly along the six-yard box with none of the Town players able to get on the end of it.

Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Forster then raced clear after latching onto a good through ball from Robbie Pearce only to be brought down outside the box by Butcher as he rounded the goalkeeper who escaped with a yellow card due to a covering defender in the area.

Deeping broke the deadlock with their first real attack after 25 minutes as the ball was worked wide and crossed first time for Cowles to head home from 12 yards out.

Uppingham had a lot of possession as Deeping protected their lead but their final ball let them down or was over hit.

Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes

They did equalise five minutes before the break as Neil received the ball with his back to goal, turned the defender before smashing his shot into the roof of the net.

However, Deeping regained the lead after the break as a corner was knocked down into the path of Walker who converted.

Uppingham responded strongly and Butcher saved Ollie Lewin's shot from the edge of the box with the ball rebounding to Forster who missed the target from six yards.

Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from the reserve team game between Whaplode Drove and Uppingham on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Oisen Nicks then put in a good low cross in but Venni, at full stretch, could only hit the outside of the post.

Town got back on level terms again with 15 minutes remaining as Venni ran onto a pass from Danny Sheehan before lobbing the goalkeeper from outside the box.

Neil then had a good chance when the ball dropped to him after a cross but he shot straight at the keeper when well placed before he just failed to connect with a Pearce through ball.

As the game entered the last minute, Butcher cleared his lines with a long kick which Luke Gove headed back to Tom Hubbard but the Uppingham goalkeeper had already started to come for the ball which rolled into the net.

Town remain four points clear at the top despite the defeat but both Stanground Sports and Moulton Harrox have four games in hand.

Uppingham now face an important week as they travel to Oundle on Saturday before a derby duel at Oakham on Wednesday night which is followed by a trip to Stanground Sports next weekend.

Uppingham Reserves were beaten 2-1 by Whaplode Drove's second string in their Division Three match on Saturday with James Howe hitting their goal.



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