Uphill Castle move up the table
- Credit: Archant
Uphill Castle moved up the Somerset County League Division 1 West table after victory over Cleeve West Town.
Uphill Castle 2
Cleeve West Town 1
Uphill Castle moved up to fifth in Somerset County League Division 1 West courtesy of this derby victory over Cleeve West Town.
The visitors put in a decent shift in the first-half and after Grant Evans and Clayton Matthews had gone close, Aaron Gibbs cashed in on a defensive mix-up to give them the lead.
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It stayed that way until just past the hour mark when Jack Askins headed home to level the scores.
The all important winner came with 13 minutes remaining when veteran skipper Joseph Boon finished off a cross to end a lengthy goal drought.
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Cleeve pressed hard but Aaron Horner could only watch as his effort struck the top of the Castle goal frame with three minutes remaining.
The man of the match award which was kindly sponsored by Fusion Restaurant and Takeaway, went to Joseph Boon.
On Saturday, Uphill Castle travel to Portishead Town (3pm). They will face a stiff test against a Posset side who currently have an 100 per cent league record.
Uphill Castle Reserves are also at Bristol Road on the same day when they face Portishead Town A in Division 1 of the Weston and District League (3pm).
Martin Avery’s men will be looking to extend an impressive run of league form that has seen them go three games unbeaten and put valuable breathing space between them and the foot of the table.
Stephen Corke’s table-topping Uphill Castle A boast the only 100 per cent record in Division 5 of the Weston and District League after last Saturday’s 5-3 victory over Hutton at Hutton Moor and will be looking to maintain that status when they travel to Banwell in more league action on Saturday (3pm).
Long Ashton 1
Worle went top of their Somerset County Cup group with a 2-1 win at Long Ashton, who managed to inflict Worle’s first defeat of the season last week.
Despite missing four regulars, Worle brought in Elliot Nelson into the starting line-up and Tom Adams onto the bench.
Worle started brightly with the pairing of Ryan Hodrien and Tom Couston causing problems for the home defence and it was not long before Worle took the lead when Couston fired home, giving the impressive Long Ashton keeper no chance.
Further chances fell to Couston, Downs and Nelson, who found himself unmarked in the six-yard box, but his header went straight to the keeper. Nick Jones was impressive in his return to the starting line-up as the visitors held their lead at the break.
The second half saw chances again falling to Hodrien and Downs, but the away side could not add to their scoreline and it was only a good run from Adams, whose cross was turned into the net by a defender.
Long Ashton scored a consolation goal from Chisholm, but this was the last kick of the game in what was an impressive display from the away side .
On Saturday, Worle entertain Winscombe Reserves at the Recreation Ground (3pm).
Farrington Gurney 0
Winscombe Res 2
Winscombe Reserves have finally won a game after eight draws and a defeat, they defeated Farrington Gurney 2-0.
Playing up the slope, Winscombe started slowly but gradually got themselves into the game. Captain for the day Ash Brown led by example, letting Michaels and Malcolm feed off him well. Smith and the fantastic O’leary raided the flanks with Milton mopping up anything that came at them.
The back three of Ware, Becker and impressive 16-year-old Tinknell made sure Dakin in the goal was never really tested. Smith had to go off injured and this led to Farmer coming on and almost immediately scored with a comprehensive finish.
Winscombe doubled their advantage just before half-time when O’leary also scored with confidence.
The second half opened with the home side adopting a more physical approach as they were outplayed away by a confident side. Winscombe had the opportunity to make it 3-0 when a penalty was awarded, but Brown fired over into the ploughed field behind.
Winscombe took off Griffiths, who had a good game and put on 16-year-old Will Greaves. A great team performance, but the mom went to Dan O’leary.
A more difficult game awaits on Saturday when Winscombe travel the short distance to play Worle in yet another local derby.