There is turning your season around and then there is what Uppingham Town have managed to do in the last six weeks.
The Rutland side have gone from bottom in the PDFL Premier Division, albeit thanks to a hefty points deduction for accidentally fielding a banned player, to move up to 14th with a game in hand, after winning their last five league games in a row.
Barring a loss on penalties in the PFA Senior Cup they haven’t lost a game since October 24, away at Whittlesey Athletic - who were their cup vanquishers as well.
On Saturday Uppingham showed just how far they have come in the last six weeks, having been greatly strengthened by the return to action of the club’s highly successful cricketers and a couple of key men back from injury, they beat Leverington Sports a remarkable 9-0 at Todd’s Piece.
It is by far their biggest win of the season so far and actually is the biggest win for more than four seasons.
Martin Bennett got two from midfield and James Howe and Rob Montgomery also scored braces in the rout. Jacob Norton joined in the goal scoring action on an afternoon to remember.
Leverington, who travelled light of replacements, scored two own goals through their player manager who had to come on in centre defence when his starter got injured.
Uppingham manager Billy Beaver said: “It was good. The pleasing thing about the last four or five games is the number of chances were have created.
“You would like to finish all of them, the 2-1 win at Stilton should have been more like 5-1, but the good thing is we are creating a lot of chances.”
Beaver said his side still missed a few good chances on Saturday but with 30 goals in the last seven games and just seven conceded even the perfection seeking manger has to be happy.
Beaver had set his sights on getting at least 12 points from their last five league fixtures, they got 15 and he said unless the wheels come off they should be safe from relegation now this season.
All focus now moves to Moulton Harrox in the President Premier Shield on January 9, and as Beaver put it, a last chance to win something this season.
After the Christmas break Town are back in league action against Thorney on January 2.
Uppingham Town: Tom Hubbard, Martin Bennett, Mark Dimech,Daniel Dumford, Jamie Dumford, Jonathan Foster, Matthew Hill, James Howe, Rob Montgomery, Jabob Norton, Will Thomas.
Substitutes: Adam Binley, Rob Lowe