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Moulton Harrox draw with Uppingham Town in the Peterborough League Premier Division





There was very little to separate Moulton Harrox and Uppingham Town in last season's race to be crowned Peterborough League Premier Division champions.

The two sides are again in the mix with several other clubs for the top flight honours this season.

But they couldn't be split in Saturday's crucial clash as the honours finished even at Broad Lane following a 1-1 draw.

Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Both sides had chances to win the contest, each had decent penalty shouts turned down but ultimately there was nothing between two sides who will both have a say in the destination of this season's title.

Uppingham struck first through Rob Forster's second half header and it needed a fortuitous equaliser late on from Moulton to secure a share of the spoils for the hosts.

However, Harrox were well worth their point which could have been all three but for missing a good chance in injury-time before being denied moments later by a fine save from Uppingham goalkeeper Tom Hubbard.

Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

The final outcome probably suited the rest of the sides in the title race more than either Moulton or Uppingham but, with so many games left for everyone to play, there will be plenty of twists and turns before the champions are crowned.

The first half of Saturday's clash fluctuated from end-to-end with each side having periods of dominance.

Town started the brighter of the two teams as they looked to end Moulton's nine-match winning home run in the league this season.

Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Jordan Neil narrowly failed to convert a cross from Forster at close range with Town's top scorer again going close moments later.

Moulton responded with Josh McGuire seeing a well-struck shot blocked by Harley Pridmore while Luke Gardner clipped an effort narrowly over from Dec Earth's lay-off.

Josh Porter was thwarted by a smart stop from Moulton goalkeeper Brendan Taylor before Harrox's created the best opening of the first half as Earth got in behind the Uppingham defence to latch onto a long clearance only to shoot over when pressured by Town's recovering rearguard.

Neil then got the better of Taylor in a race for possession but clipped his shot over from distance as a posse of home defenders raced to cover their goal.

Hubbard got down well at the other end to cling onto a low shot from Nathan Smith before the Moulton frontman rounded the Uppingham goalkeeper following a long ball forward but shot wide from a tight angle.

Forster brought another tidy stop out of Taylor from a free-kick before Earth's low driven cross just evaded Smith.

Moulton had a decent penalty shout turned down for hand-ball in the latter stages of the first half following Ash Coddington's downward header following a corner.

Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Town broke quickly while Moulton were still appealing and Taylor clawed away a shot from Forster at full stretch with Porter then rattling the post with a decent strike as the first half finished goalless.

Earth had a shot saved early in the second period before Gardner reacted well to clear a header from Luke Gove off the Moulton goalline.

Gove was then bundled over in the follow-up but Town's appeals for a penalty were also turned down.

Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Moulton Harrox's draw with Uppingham Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

The deadlock was then broken with 16 minutes remaining when Neil's pinpoint free-kick picked out Forster who headed home.

Harrox hit back with Smith seeing a back post header from Tyler Wright's free-kick being saved by Hubbard before the equaliser arrived with five minutes remaining.

Earth found space following a setpiece and his shot took a huge deflection before flying into the Town net to wrong-foot Hubbard.

The momentum was now with Moulton and Smith shot a late chance straight at Hubbard before the ball broke for Joe Townsend following Earth's strong run but he was unable to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

Hubbard then made a superb reaction save to thwart Earth before Uppingham again rallied in injury-time as they forced a succession of corners but were unable to find a winner as the honours were rightly shared.



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