Uphill Castle extend winning run to five games
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Uphill Castle extended their winning run to five games with victory over Nailsea & Tickenham.
Uphill Castle 5
Nailsea & Tickenham 2
UPHILL Castle extended their winning run to five games across all competitions to move up to second in Division Two West of the Somerset County League.
The victory also gains revenge for their defeat at Fryth Way on the opening day, their only defeat to date.
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Uphill were a goal up within two minutes when Jordan Elliot’s cross was smartly finished by Jack Askins, but Nailsea equalised from a penalty just before half-time.
Things got worse for the home side when Nailsea scored directly from the kick-off for the second half, but Uphill drew level when Michael Dean’s excellent cross found the head of Corry Thomas.
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Uphill moved in front when Askins’ shot was well saved by Daniel Taylor, only for Cameron Milkins to fire home. Thomas added his second and the Castle’s fourth on 72 minutes to increase the lead and an own goal after great work by Paul Wray set the seal on another fine performance from Anthony Askins’s men.
The man of the match award, kindly sponsored by Fusion Fish & Chips and Chinese Takeaway, went to Corry Thomas.
Uphill Castle first team are looking for a linesman for their county league games this season.
This would suit a recently qualified referee looking to gain some experience and all transport for away games provided. The fee is £15 per game.
If interested, please contact Anthony on 07590 499908.
Bishops Lydeard 1
BANWELL could not have had a tougher cup draw against high-flying Bishops Lydeard, who currently top the premier division.
Banwell went close early on when Dan Smith’s shot went narrowly wide. Dan Clark, making his first team start, was unlucky not to put the hosts ahead after beating four Lydeard players.
Midway through the first-half, the visitors started to settle, but their build-up play was broken down by the Banwell back line of Hill, Hall, White, Johnson and Hall.
Nick Hawken’s first start of the season playing in front of the Banwell back line was disciplined, with Richard Williams in front of him, ensuring the work rate stayed high as the first-half remained goal-less.
After the break, captain Ashley White marshalled his defence superbly, thwarting several Lydeard attacks and also threatened through the tireless work of Smith, Mark Jones and Ryan Eardley.
The deadlock was broken when a free kick was met by Lydeard’s centre back, who beat defender Tom Hall and Matt Hill between the sticks with a powerful header.
Banwell introduced the fresh legs of youngsters Damien Hill, Will Hall and Joe Brett, but could not break down a strong Lydeard defence. A strong team performance was made up of great individual displays from George Hall, Nick Hawken and Dan Smith.
Betsfree man of the match was awarded to captain Ashley White.
Uphill Castle first team manager Anthony Askins (far left) and captain Joe Boon are presented with their new home kit by Jenny Law (second left) and Linda Law from Fusion Takeaway and Oriental Restaurant.
Uphill Castle line up in their new home strip, kindly sponsored by Fusion Fish & Chips and Chinese Takeaway. Back row (left to right): Joe Boon (captain), Jakob Sheldon, Luke Bryant, Paul Wray and Jack Askins. Front: Ashley Nichols, Benjamin Harris, Dan Thomas, Anthony Askins (manager), Jordan Elliott, Harry Askins and Jack Edwards.