Half time blast from boss gets desired response as Upottery bounce back to make a point
PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 November 2011 | UPDATED: 09:32 03 November 2011
Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn was delighted with the resolve his side showed as they struck a late goal to bag a point from their meeting with high flying Dawlish United.
The villagers had trailed to a 20th minute goal but kept plugging away, finally netting in the fifth minute of added time!
With influential centre back Gary Moore and the previous games star, the veteran Tristan Bailey, both missing, it was patched up villagers’ side that took on the visitors.
Despite fine performances from Dave Sawyer and Stuart Coombes as a make-shift defensive duo, the visitors bossed the first 45 minutes and claimed a half-time lead.
At the break Prettejohn delivered a Churchillian speech and his players responded with a much improved second half show.
However, despite out playing the opposition, their enterprise seemed to end at the edge of the visitor’s penalty area and it looked as if they would get nothing for their efforts until, in the fifth minute of added time, Chaz Lane rode a succession of heavy challenges to set up teenager striker Sam Winslade who tucked the ball away and secure a draw.
Prettejohn said: “I was pretty angry at half-time as, even with a number of enforced changes owing to unavailability, I felt we had four or five players who had gone missing in action. We had a big crowd, well 32 plus, and they needed to be given more, so I told the players in no uncertain terms what I wanted, collectively, from them in the second half, and, to a man, they delivered. We were good value for the draw at the end of the day.”
On Saturday Upottery make the short trip to Offwell for an East Devon derby meeting and Prettejohn is hopeful of having both Moore and Bailey in the travelling party.
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