UPLYME first team travelled to Sandford 2nds hoping to build on the previous week’s excellent performance.
Even with a number of players unavailable in the defence, it was a good 11 that started the match and dominated from the start.
The Sandford goalkeeper pulled off a string of excellent saves in the first 20mins. After a fantastic link up between Cody Bowditch and Daley Holmes, Alex Jones had a great chance to put the visitors ahead, but blazed high over the bar when it looked easier to score.
With 10 minutes to go of the first half, Uplyme conceded a penalty which was comfortably put away to give Sandford a 1-0 lead.
After honest words at half-time, Uplyme came out firing and completely dominated the whole half but could not find the back of the net due to an excellent performance by the Sandford keeper, and the game ended 1 – 0.
Manager Steve Gillan: “A huge shame that such a good game of football was decided on such a soft decision. Not one opposing player appealed for a penalty. It was truly inexplicable. I’m hoping these decisions even themselves out over the season, but that was a painful call.
“However, we were sloppy in the first half and need far more attention to do the simple stuff at pace. We tend to try and score the perfect goal when just a goal will do. Their keeper was outstanding with some great saves. We were told he wasn’t their usual starting keeper, so a little unfortunate timing. Conor Newns, filling in as centre back, had an excellent game.