Worle and Uphill Castle open 2021 with draw

Worle FC seconds pose for the camera

Worle FC seconds ahead of their first match of 2021 against Uphill Castle FC. - Credit: Worle FC

Uphill Castle seconds fought back twice to deny Worle a winning start to the New Year in a highly entertaining close-fought 2-2 local derby draw.

The pitch was in perfect order prior to kick-off, before a late downpour made the conditions towards the end of the game difficult underfoot, but there was no let up in desire from both sides to take all three points.

Before the game there was a presentation of the new Worle kit which was kindly sponsored by both players and Chairman's companies.

Worle FC seconds with their sponsors

Worle seconds Sponsors Dan Sprague and Luke Page from Sprague & Page Plastering pictured with second team managers Jon Crandon and Dan Pearse. - Credit: Worle FC

Sprague and Page Plastering sponsor the logo on the back of the shirt while Ash Martin from Ash Waste Disposal had his company on the sleeves and AMS Garage at Banwell had their logo on the front of the shirt.

A spokesman said: "It is a great gesture from all three and a pleasure to support three companies on one shirt."

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The hosts took the lead after 15 minutes through Travis Druce who found space out wide and tucked his shot into the corner of the Uphill Castle net, giving the keeper no chance.

The visitors were more dominant and had a couple of half chances which on another day could have gone in and the back four were kept busy.

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But Worle always looked dangerous on the break with Luke Page and Ash Sprague up front, with Druce coming in from the wing.

Ryan Bell-Langford and Ash Martin started to dominate midfield areas but on the 30-minute mark Uphill drew level when a deflected effort from outside the box gave goalkeeper Purkiss no chance

The second half started like the first, with both sides having chances and a frantic pace but it was the home side who regained the lead and again it was that man Druce who  was picked out and sent through one on one to put his shot into the far corner.

Worle could have gone further ahead with chances by Ash Sprague and then Dan Sprague, but Uphill netted their second equaliser with 15 minutes to go when a goalmouth scramble allowed the visitors to turn and shoot to beat Purkiss as the game finished all square.

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