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Uppingham Town beat Warboys Town in the Peterborough League Premier Division

Uppingham Town's performance levels are continuing to improve after they secured a vital Peterborough League victory on Saturday.

Town ran out 3-1 away winners at Premier Division championship challengers Warboys Town after goals from Johan Coughlan, Josh Porter and Louie Venni.

The victory leaves table-topping Town six points clear of second-placed Stanground Sports who have four games in hand after a performance which thrilled manager Paul Sheehan.

Josh Porter.
Josh Porter.

He said: "I was delighted with the win. We all knew the importance of the game.

"It was a tense, well competed game and I'm happy the lads got the result their efforts deserved.

"Warboys are a big, physical and direct side and we knew that we were going to have to defend for long periods and we did this well, not just the back four but as a team.

"We were confident we could hurt them on the break and that is how it panned out. Louie Venni, Josh Porter and Johan Coughlan were a constant threat throughout the game and showed their quality when needed."

Warboys started the better side and had the first real chance of the game as George Terry latched onto a long ball and took two touches on his way towards goal before hitting the post.

The Witches then took a 15th minute lead as a corner to the near post was headed in from close range by Jamie Blackwell.

Town's first opening saw Venni control the ball well before shooting just over from 20 yards with a fierce drive.

Warboys then had a succession of corners but Town defended them well before putting together an excellent move involving Venni, Coughlan and Robbie Pearce which created an opening for Porter but his left foot shot was brilliantly saved by the home goalkeeper.

However, Town's equaliser did arrive from the resultant corner as Porter headed home from Coughlan's delivery.

Warboys had a lot of the ball at the start of the second half and Town struggled to get out for 15 minutes with a strong wind blowing down the pitch.

Uppingham goalkeeper Tom Hubbard punched away a corner which was headed back into the box and then turned goalwards from close range by Jake Thornton whose effort was saved.

Another long ball into the Town box was headed clear and Warboys picked up possession and Joe Furness had a great shot from 20 yards which Hubbard got a hand to as Harley Pridmore then cleared ahead of the incoming Thornton.

Town then started to grow into the game and Coughlan had a shot well saved by the goalkeeper's legs.

Coughlan then went on a good run, taking two defenders out of the game, and his pass found Venni in the box who laid it off first time to Porter who shot just wide from 12 yards.

Uppingham took the lead with 15 minutes remaining as Porter had a free kick on the edge of the box after Sam Blackwell was fouled. His shot hit the post and Venni finished the rebound well through a crowded box.

Warboys had most of the ball for the last 15 minutes but Town were defending well and the hosts didn't really create clear-cut chances.

The win was wrapped up with two minutes remaining as Coughlan, in his own half, beat the offside trap from Venni's through ball and he went one-on-one with the keeper and calmly finished through his legs.

The defeat leaves Warboys seven points adrift of Uppingham with three games in hand as Town's attention now turns to another tough away trip on Saturday.

They visit fourth-placed Moulton Harrox who are still firmly in the title mix, seven points behind Town with four games in hand.

Moulton have a 100 per cent home record as Town target a third successive league win following their return to regular action.

Sheehan added: "The performance levels have improved week on week after our five-week lay off and this needs to continue.

"We are going to need to be at our best this week if we are going to get anything out of the game at Moulton as they have won nine out of nine at home and are a really strong side."

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