Uplyme dispatch another unbeaten side to go second in the league

UPLYME 1sts faced another big test as they travelled to the home of Kenn Valley, unbeaten so far in the Division Six of the Devon and Exeter League.

It was a very physical game from the start and Kenn Valley’s older team certainly made their tackles count.

Uplyme matched them for 40 minutess until a swift attack led to the ball breaking in the box and was dispatched beyond the dive of stand-in keeper James Beddows.

The half-time talk was positive, however, and soon after the break Jonny Day swept in a neat volley to level the scores.

Uplyme took control all over the pitch and Fin Mclean crossed a great ball for Day head in his second goal at the far post.

The Swallows took the lead 10 minutes later, Mclean grabbing the third – his fifth of a great season – after some excellent team passing as Uplyme took control.

Kenn Valley took the physicality up a notch and the yellow cards were flying and at least two seemed very lenient and could easily have been red. A typical challenge on Jonny Day left him with a broken nose and a spell in Accident & Emergency.

Valley grabbed a goal back but Uplyme were resolute until the end.

Joint Managers Pete Blandamer and Steve Gillan commented: “A brilliant team performance that relied on every player stepping up against his opponent.

“Our goals were brilliant and we simply refused to be bullied into submission against a team stacked with experience and quality. Jonny Day reflected this bravery and quality on the ball and was a worthy man-of-the match. Scholesy – our stand-in keeper – was brilliant too.

“We just hope we can acquire a goalkeeper in the near future, as this team can go from strength to strength if we secure a quality option.”

This victory saw Uplyme move into second place in Division Six.

Woodmead Halls

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