A TRIP to Ilminster Town A in the Daisy Hutchings Cup quarter finals provided a much needed distraction to Uplyme’s current league woes.
With almost a full squad available, James Whetlor once again took the gloves and The Swallows also welcomed back Steve Gillan to the squad after a long absence due to a shoulder injury.
Playing uphill and into a strong breeze on a boggy surface in the first half, Uplyme started confidently putting some decent passing movements together, particularly via Harry Robson on the right-hand side.
Ilminster’s main danger came from a tricky winger on the left but Tom Fitzgerald did well to contain him with Marcus Symonds providing good ssupport.
Despite applying some decent pressure and forcing a couple of corners, Uplyme fell behind after a ball was played behind Jack Heath at right back and the subsequent cross was turned in despite Whetlor getting a hand on it.
Unperturbed, Uplyme pressed on and almost equalised after good work form Robson again. The equaliser came when Alex Pennington picked up the ball and ran into the area before being brought down for a penalty. Toby Barnes stepped up to coolly slot home from the spot.
Ilminster almost caught Uplyme cold when a ball over Fitzgerald saw the resulting effort well saved by Whetlor. With a couple of minutes of the half remaining, some good work on the left from Symonds and Pennington resulted in finding Dan Huggins who set up for James Beddows to fire into the corner with his left foot giving Uplyme a 2-1 lead at half-time.
Uplyme did well in the second half to keep Ilminster in their half pressing, higher up the pitch but failed to convert their chances. Then a quick break from the home team resulted in a one-on-one with Whetlor only to see the shot roll wide.
Uplyme pushed on and eventually a mazy run from Robson found Oscar Sladen who crossed for Huggins to tap home and ultimately put the game to bed.
Manager Stu Wooster coommented: “We made several sub changes to keep fresh legs including Gilly’s long- awaited return. They pushed an extra attacker up front but we managed the game out nicely to the final whistle. So at last a win to celebrate and reward us for some recent good performances with no reward and a semi-final to look forward to against either Forton or Pymore.”
Wooster highlighted good performances, naming Whetlor in goal, Jake Sargent commanding at the back and Beddows as industrious as ever in midfield with another goal. He gave his man-of-the-match accolade to Harry Robson for a great effort in right mid-field.
This coming Saturday Uplyme return to league action away to Pymore, just two places above them in Perry Street Division One.