AFTER a rain delayed break, Uplyme returned to Perry Street League Division One action on Saturday with the visit of Forton Rangers who the Swallows had beaten earlier this season in a 4-3 thriller.
On this occasion, Forton were a much better organised team team and started strongly. Uplyme were pinned in their own half for much of the first half with keeper Sam Wooster making a good save and also being on the end of a hefty challenge.
Uplyme were undone by their old nemesis of failing to clear in their own area, leading to Forton’s first goal, followed by similar strike for their second when Wooster saved only for the rebound to be put away.
Uplyme pulled a goal back just before half time when a Harry Robson’s free-kick was deftly touched home by Oscar Sladen making it 1-2 at the break.
The Swallows started slowly in the second half and conceded two more goals, one from a free header and the other from a defensive mistake. But they started to threaten more down the slope as Forton tired with Dan Huggins going close before the visitors notched their fifth goal.
Then came Uplyme’s best spell and In the last 15 minutes Dan scored twice after good work from Toby Barnes and Harry Robson and Dan Huggins might have got his hat-trick with a better connection.
Manager Stu Wooster commented after the games: “A defeat but again lots of positives – Dan’s tireless running, Oscar’s skill on the ball to name a couple.”
The manager gave his man-of-the-match accolade to Oscar Sladen for his goal and overall contribution.
Next Saturday Uplyme travel to neighbours Charmouth for a much anticipated local derby.