UPLYME featured in an entertaining high-scoring Perry Street Division One cup tie with plenty of action, losing 5-3 on Saturday at home to Waytown Hounds.
With still no recognised keeper available, Tom Fitz again stepped in between the sticks. Toby Barnes, Oscar Sladen and Henry Rudkin were unavailable and replaced by welcome returns of Nial Fifer, James Souttar-Phillips and Harry Robson.
Starting down the slope, the game had an end-to-end feel from the off, Waytown taking the lead from a long-range effort after only two minutes with Fitz off his line. This was shortly followed by a second when an unmarked player headed home from a corner.
But The Swallows fought back well, Souttar-Phillips’ long-range free kick crashing back off the bar and Dan Huggins going close. Finally, a good pass from Alex Pennington found Marcus Symonds who scored in the corner, making it 1-2 at half.
Second half started brightly with Robson and Symonds cutting in from the wings against a tiring back-four. Waytown forced a good save out of Fitz before a great pirouette turn and finish from Huggins drew Uplyme level.
Waytown took the lead again shortly after before a quick throw-in and quick thinking from Souttar-Phillips led to him getting Uplyme back in the game again. Then all the hard work unfurled, first some calamitous defending gifted Waytown and fourth before an injured Fitz in goal could only manage to clear to the home team centre-forward who lobbed into an empty net.
Manager Stu Wooster commented after the game: “This was another game in which we competed really well, but we came up short. Positives are the amount of chances we are creating and each game is a new learning experience. We also need a regular settled keeper. Man-of-the-match goes to Dan Huggins for his tireless running up front and a great goal.”
Uplyme return to league action this coming Saturday away game at Shepton Beauchamp.