A VISIT to Perry Street Division One leaders and neighbours Hawkchurch was always going to be a challenge, but it was another committed display from the Uplyme youngsters.
Assisted by a first-half breeze, Uplyme made a reasonable start, particularly down the flanks, Matt Young going close with a shot.
The Swallows managed a few corners and Steve Gillan free-kicks but they couldn’t find a way through. Hawkchurch countered well but Uplyme stood firm until around 25 mins when they headed home from a set piece.
James Whetlor then made a great save rushing off his line before a comedy of failing to clear errors gifted them a second. Despite that, Uplyme tried to push forward and saw through to half-time with no further damage.
The dressing room talk at half-time concentrated on the importance of commitment and the challenge of playing into the breeze and it was rewarding to see everyone take the mantra and subsequently produce a superb 15-minute spell at the start of the second half, Connor Tate going close.
Minutes later good work from Marcus Symonds saw Tate hold off a defender and score from close range to make it 2-1.
For a while it looked like Uplyme could get an equaliser, Tait again causing problems and having another shot smothered by the Hawkchurch keeper.
But the visitors were undone when the Hawkchurch midfielder rode several challenges before firing home. The game was over when a penalty was awarded after a trip in the box which was subsequently put away.
The Uplyme youngsters kept going to the end, making some changes and forced a couple more half chances before the referee blew for full-time.
Manager Stu Wooster picked out keeper Whetlor for a special mention, his handling of the ball in very windy conditions was excellent and Jake Sargent at centre-back looked composed.
Wooster’s man-of-the-match, however, went to Tate for his goal and all-round work rate and holding the ball up well, but the manager had a word of praise for all the team who gave everything and never dropped heads.
After the game he commented: “Games like today will define our progression over the coming months and the future definitely looks bright.”
This coming Saturday Uplyme visit to Pymore in a winnable game with the Dorset side just a place above the Swallows at the foot of the table.