Uphill Castle Reserves end Portishead Caledonian Thistle’s long unbeaten run

PUBLISHED: 16:15 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 09 February 2018

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Uphill Castle Reserves ended Portishead Caledonian Thistle’s long unbeaten league run, which went back over two years, in emphatic style with a performance of high quality that took them to a 2-1 success.

The visitors started strongly on a well-maintained 4G pitch and were able to pass the ball around in comfort.

Full-back George Parslow was finding lots of space and was able to feed balls through to strike duo Daniel Thomas and Jordan Elliott, who both saw early chances met with commendable saves by the home keeper

Assistant manager Lian Clarke made himself space but saw his shot go just wide.

Fifteen minutes were on the clock when Jack Askins produced a pinpoint pass to which captain Thomas went through one-on-one and placed the ball confidently under Miki Hood to give Castle the lead.

The early rebuke sparked a quality home side into life, and they got straight back to the game courtesy of Thomas Fowler after Uphill failed to clear the ball.

The equaliser sparked a sustained 10 minute period of pressure from the home side but the safe hands of Luke Bryant were equal to everything thrown at him.

Nine minutes before the interval, referee Christopher Ham awarded Martin Avery’s charges an indirect free-kick. Parslow knocked back to Askins, who arrowed an effort in to the top right hand corner from 25 yards out, leaving Hood rooted to the spot.

Portishead started the second period at a ferocious pace but were unable to find a way past Bryant.

At the other end, Clarke forced a save from the keeper, Cameron Steer shot just wide and Elliot hit the bar.

It was a quality performance and a memorable result for Uphill, who moved up to seventh in the table with up to four games in hand on the teams around them.

Uphill Castle visit Portishead Town A in Division One of the Weston and District League on Saturday.

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