UTTOXETER TOWN 2
RACING CLUB WARWICK 1
STEP six football came to Uttoxeter on Saturday and with it, a second successive victory for Mark Grimley’s side.
Uttoxeter Town took the spoils against Racing Club Warwick in the first game played at Oldfields at this level, in front of an expectant crowd of 112.
After the superb display at Hinckley on Tuesday evening, Town were in confident spirits ahead of the match and Grimley was able to name an unchanged side for the fixture.
Town started brightly and had a sight of goal within the first 90 seconds, skipper Martin Gadsby playing in Matt Redshaw down the left channel and the diminutive frontman pulled his cross-shot across goal, only for the ball to be turned behind for a corner.
Town continued to press but were lucky not to concede when the Warwick striker edged in between central defenders Doug Price and Mark Springall, only to see his header easily saved by Town number one Alex Langridge.
More Town pressure followed and they took the lead on 20 minutes with a goal straight out of the top drawer. Price, who has been in excellent form so far this season, stepped out of defence and played a sublime ball into Redhsaw.
The striker took one touch before unleashing a superb half-volley past the keeper to give the hosts a deserved lead.
Warwick had a fine opportunity to restore parity when a deep cross was smashed against the crossbar from 16 yards, but they could easily have found themselves behind on three occasions as the half-time whistle approached.
First James Curley saw two presentable headers powered over the bar before Gadsby prodded the ball home from Redshaw’s cross, only to be denied by the assistant referee’s flag.
Just before the break, Town were dealt a blow with Liam Sowter, arguably their standout player so far this season, being carried from the pitch with a badly bruised ankle.
The second half was barely five minutes old when Town had doubled their advantage as Kyle Esplin shifted the ball onto his left foot before dispatching a fine low finish into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
With the hosts well in control of the game, the watching support might have expected fluid football to flow, but unfortunately it became a case of grinding out the three points for Town as Warwick pulled a goal back on 72 minutes.
Price’s ball into Esplin was cut out and the Racers midfielder ran into the box unopposed to clip the ball past an onrushing Langridge.
However, there was little to suggest the visitors would grab an equaliser and the game finished in scrappy style as Town settled for the narrow victory.
New Century Construction man of the match: Mark Springall for a domineering display at centre half.
Town: Langridge, Holley, Price, Springall, Marshman, Sowter (Woods 33), Gadsby, Esplin, Redshaw (Lamburn 81), Mellor, Curley.