Uphill Castle exceed their expectations

PUBLISHED: 15:34 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 28 June 2017

Anthony Askins.

Anthony Askins.

Paul Knight

Uphill Castle exceeded their expectations last season, according to first team manager Anthony Askins.

Uphill Castle manager Anthony Askins was able to look back on another campaign of progression that had exceeded expectations.

The management and players took themselves off to Cornwall for a well-deserved end-of-season holiday, courtesy of primary sponsorship partner, Fusion Oriental Restaurant and Takeaway.

Askins said: “Although this was never said publicly, we discussed privately that following last season’s promotion just to stay in this division was enough.”

It was also a case of objective achieved for the Reserves as Martin Avery’s charges maintained their status in the top division of district football, as well as reaching the quarter-final of the Weston and District League’s Hospital Cup and the third round of Knockout Cup.

Askins added: “Managing a Reserve side can be a difficult and at times frustrating task and Martin deserves praise. It can be hard to play a settled side due to players stepping up and down to make up the numbers of other sides and sometimes requires great flexibility.”

The all-conquering A team gave departing manager Stephen Corke the perfect send-off by winning Division 5 of the Weston and District League and the Robert Keyes Cup with Askins saying: “It was a remarkable season and although we are disappointed to see Corkey vacating the managerial chair, we are glad that he will stay within the club.”

For the first time ever, the club ran an Under-18s side who where the only side across both divisions of the Somerset Youth League to operate with solely first years.

They were to reap the rewards with more than 90 per cent of the players going on to play senior football at one point or another during the season. Askins commended manager Christopher Jones for his commitment and dedication.

The Castle started back for pre-Season training on Tuesday and faces new and old are welcome to join them at Bridgwater Road, BS23 4TY (6.30pm) for future sessions. The first friendly will be at Brislington on July 13 (7.30pm).

Thank are extended to Sytner Mercedes-Benz, Fusion Oriental Restaurant and Takeaway, TESA (Western) Ltd and Hayers Convenience Stores for their sponsorship of the trophies.

In a well-attended presentation evening, the following players received awards - first team: manager’ player: Daniel Hartley; players’ players: Samuel Beresford and Joseph Radcliffe. Reserve Team: Jack Riney; George Parslow. A Team: Nicholas Crocker; Matthew Bebber. Under-18s: Joshua Palmer; Cameron Steer.

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