AFTER last week’s disappointment Uplyme manager Stu Wooster was looking for a more positive performance – and he certainly got that despite losing 2-1.
Joe Cleere made a welcome return in goal and the Swallows started the game well being, competing all over the park. Matt Young was putting in some good runs down the right along with Oscar Sladen on the left and Uplyme were much stronger in midfield.
However, Shepton took the lead after 18 minutes despite a double save from Cleere with the rebound being tapped in.
The rest of the half was dominated by Uplyme with a series of corners and free-kicks seeing them camped in the Shepton area. Good chances chances for Young, Alex Jones and Toby Barnes and a header from Sladen but they couldn’t find the target.
Uplyme we were playing some attractive football at a really high tempo. But the started the second half a little off the pace to start and had to defend some quick breaks and gradually grew into the game.
Chances were coming thick and fast and eventually, a corner from the left was headed home by James Beddows to level things up.
The game continued in the same frame with Shepton looking dangerous on the break. Uplyme missed a couple more clear chances and then sebven minutes from time, a quick break from Shepton resulted in a decent cross and a volley finish into the top corner giving Cleere no chance.
Despite pressing hard Uplyme couldn’t find the equaliser and eventually lost 2-1.
Afterwards the Uplyme manager commented: “Despite the loss so many there. were several positives, not least the work ethic and application from the whole team. We were solid in defence, competitive in midfield and a real threat up front, so much improved from last week.”
Wooster gave his man-of-the match accolade to Beddows for an all-action midfield performance and the excellent goal goal.
This coming Saturday Uplyme have cup match away at Crewkerne followed by a league game home to fellow Perry Street Division One strugglers, Charmouth.