Late Pislaru goal bags Upottery a superb success against high flying Colaton Raleigh
PUBLISHED: 13:48 29 February 2012
Upottery 1:0 Colaton Raleigh
The villagers served up the best result of boss Dan Prettejohn’s tenure in the Upottery hot-seat with a fine all-round display.
What made the success all the more impressive was that Upottery went into the game without six regular players!
Teenager Sam Winslade set up the 89th minute winner, skipping away down the wing before crossing for Catalin Pislaru to find the back of the net.
Honiton rugby player Ollie Rice, unable to play the oval shaped ball game owing to a shoulder injury was outstanding in the heart of the Upottery midfield whilst another notable performer was 17-year-old Callum Dutfield in goal.
The Taunton based youngster was called into the side to cover for regular gloves man Jack Trevisic who took the day off to go and watch Newcastle United.
After the game the side dedicated the performance and the result to the memory of Graham Wyatt who had sadly passed away three years to the day.
Boss Prettejohn said: “That was comfortably the best collective performamnce I have ever seen of any of my Upottery teams. It was so fitting that we should dedicate that performance to the memory of Graham who meant so much to so many at the Club. In terms of the game we played very well and scored at the perfect time for there was precious little left on the clock for them to find a response. What made it all the sweeter post match was when I learnt that that was apparently the first time for five years that they had failed to score in a game!”
Upottery are back in action tonight (Wednesday) when they travel to Willand Rovers to play under the Silver Street floodlights where they will face Uplowman in a Bill Slee Cup quarter final tie. Kick-off is at 7.30.
Prettejohn says: “It was not very pleasant having so many drop out of Saturday’s game with Colaton Raleigh. Mind you, and what a surprise, everybody is saying they are available for the game under the lights at Willand!”