A DAISY Hutchings Cup game against league high flyers Crewkerne provided a welcome break from Uplyme’s Perry Street League Division One league woes and certainly their first half performance suggested they were more relaxed, building on there previous week’s tight loss.
Upyme started strongly, competiting all over a very bobbly pitch, and James Whetlor looked a solid option between the posts.
The returning Harry Robson provided a real threat down the right wing, beating the full-back several times, but Uplyme couldn’t finish any of the resulting crosses. Alex Pennington in midfield was having his most influential game so far and made several decent runs into their penatly area.
A corner and subsequent shot was well saved by the Crewkerne keeper and the Swallows failed to capitalise on a couple of free kicks into the area from Toby Barnes.
Uplyme were tight at the back but were undone after 35 minutes, a goal which they claimed claimed should have been ruled offside, sending them in a half-time trailing 1-0 against the run of play.
Crewkerne added a second soon after the restart, but Uplyme didn’t crumble and continued to push on, James Beddows having the best chance firing over from close range whilst a succession of corners tested their keeper and defence to the full.
The Somerset side were now countering well and as the game became stretched they scored a breakaway third from an acute angle to seal the win.
Their two centre-backs were fairly dominant, both tall and quick, something which Uplyme need to learn to deal with.
Manager Stu Wooster commented: “Again we played well and competed well and were on top for periods of the game and though we have pace in abundance up front, we are not converting enough chances. We also need to work on being more clinical in front of goal.”
Wooster picked out James Whetlor in goal for special mention, Dan Huggins and Marcus Symonds for their phenomenal work rate and Toby Barnes in defence. But he gave his man-of-the-match award to Alex Pennington for his best performance to date in an Uplyme shirt.
This coming Saturday, Uplyme Uplyme are at home to fellow Division One strugglers Charmouth, described by Wooster as a “must win game in terms of our league status”.