Uppingham Town draw with Sawtry in the Peterborough League Premier Division
Uppingham Town hit back three times to earn a share of the spoils in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division clash with Sawtry.
Town found themselves trailing on three occasions against their in-form visitors at Tod's Piece but goals from Cam Cleaver, James Howe and Josh Porter helped earn a point.
Although manager Paul Sheehan was pleased with the response of his side, he was disappointed with their defending as the reigning champions head into a tough run of away matches which starts on Saturday with a trip to Whittlesey Reserves.
Sheehan said: "It was an entertaining game. We had more of the possession and created the better chances overall but let in some cheap goals.
"Our defending from setpieces was very poor on the day and it's not like us to be letting so many goals in.
"We kept going and battled back three times after going behind which is a positive but we need to get back to basics defensively and be a lot harder to score against.
"We have four really tough away games coming up and all the sides we are playing have 100 percent home records.
"If we can defend how we were earlier in the season, we will give ourselves a much better chance of getting something out of the upcoming games."
Town had fallen behind after 15 minutes of Saturday's match as a free-kick was curled into the box and a free header put the visitors ahead.
Uppingham came close to levelling as Callum O'Berg had a shot cleared off the line after being set up by Sam Blackwell while Luke Gove lobbed the goalkeeper from the edge of the box but his effort was headed off the line.
Billy Henshaw shot wide when well-placed from O'Berg's cross before the equaliser arrived 10 minutes ahead of half-time as Cleaver shot into the corner from the edge of box after a free-kick was only half-cleared.
Town looked to take the initiative after the break with Rob Forster having a 25-yard free-kick well saved.
However, they were trailing again on the hour mark as a defensive mix-up allowed a Sawtry midfielder to race clear and slot his finish under goalkeeper Tom Hubbard.
It took Town just five minutes to level the match again though as Gove turned Porter's corner back across goal and Howe headed in.
But, with 15 minutes remaining, Sawtry struck again as a free-kick from 30 yards out was clipped to the back post where an unmarked attacker headed across goal for a close range finish in the six-yard box.
Uppingham hit back though for a third time as, with 10 minutes remaining, Forster's cross was headed home by Porter from 12 yards to ensure the honours finished even and give Town a one-point lead at the top of the table.