Uphill keep up pressure on the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 14:47 21 February 2018

Weston St Johns v Worle AFC.

Weston St Johns v Worle AFC.

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Minehead 1

Uphill Castle 3

Uphill Castle kept up the pressure on the leaders in Division 1 West of the Somerset County League after becoming the first side to take three points at Irnham Road since October.

Guy Burns should have opened the scoring for the home side on 10 minutes, but the Blues top scorer fired over an open goal from just four yards out.

Home keeper Kyran Wilkins failed to hold on to a centre from Uphill wide man Samuel Beresford, enabling centre forward Jordan Elliot to tap home from close range.

A fine interception by Burns took him past his defender and he played in Michael Graddon, his strike partner, who scored from the edge of the box giving Joshua Skuse little chance.

The killer blow came a few minutes in to the second half when a penalty was awarded after Barnfield upended Elliot and though Wilkins got a strong hand to Daniel Hartley’s spot kick, it was not quite enough to stop the ball entering the net.

A third goal came courtesy of an exquisite curler from Elliot and with Joseph Radcliffe marshalling the defence expertly, the Castle deserved all three points.

The man of the match award, kindly sponsored by Fusion Oriental Restaurant and Takeaway, went to Jordan Elliot.

This Saturday, Uphill Castle welcome Weston St Johns to Bridgwater Road (2.30pm).

Uphill Castle man of the match was Jordan Elliot.

Weston St Johns 3

Worle 6

This is always an entertaining encounter between two committed sides with plenty of goals, with a closer game than the scoreline suggests.

St Johns were dealt a blow before the game when their keeper Purnell could not take part due to a hand injury and was replaced by Jake Sprague.

The home side took an early lead when Ashley Sprague beat the offside trap and calmly slotted the ball past Dancey in the Worle goal. This spurred Worle on and from a free kick, Ryan Hodrien made no mistake from 20 yards.

Within 10 minutes Worle took the lead when captain Hudson found Chris Taylor, who outstripped his marker and picked out the onrushing Jack Hodrien who found the corner of the net.

The second half started with Worle on the front foot and it was three goals from Taylor that separated the sides when he put Worle 3-1 up from a shot inside the six-yard box.

Sprague narrowed the lead by lobbing the ball over Dancey, but Taylor extended the lead from a header to make it 4-2, but again St Johns narrowed the gap when Ashley Martin scored the goal of the game when his shot from a 30 yards curled into the top corner.

With St Johns using all three substitues they started to tire and Worle took advantage when another header from Taylor and a solo effort from Hodrien made the game safe.

This Saturday, Worle travel to Glastonbury, kick-off 3pm.

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