Upottery make it 12 in a row with 5-3 Tipton St John success

PUBLISHED: 19:22 13 December 2014


Upottery manager Dan Prettejohn was put through the mill by his high-flying side when they beat Tipton St John 5-3 in their latest Fresha League Division Two game.

Prettejohn watched his side make an explosive start that produced two goals inside ten minutes from first Joe Jones and then Danny Symons.

However, given their flying start to the game and indeed, their current form, what followed for 25 minutes was bizarre as explained by the Upottery boss who said: “We were like footballing wizards for the first ten before slumping into a passage of play that was the stuff of nightmares! We were woeful and shipped three goals to suddenly find ourselves behind!”

The team levelled before the break to spare the Prettejohn vocal chords when Jones scored his second. In the second half Upottery returned to what is considered their ‘normal’ form this term as they moved the ball about with confidence, but they could only muster one more goal, scored by Steve Morris, to hold a narrow 4-3 lead. There were loud sighs of relief all round when Sam Farmer sealed the points with a late fifth. Prettejohn said: “At 4-3 they (Tipton) were very much a threat. It was not as if we were under pressure, but in the conditions which were sticky underfoot, players were always at risk of a mistake which could have given Tipton a fourth so I was very relieved when the fifth was scored.”

Upottery have now won 12 successive matches in all competitions netting 57 goals in the process. They sit fourth in the Fresha League Division Two table, ten points behind current leader University fourths who have played four more matches than the villagers. Colyton are currently second and they sit nine points better off than Upottery, but have played five more.

Next up for Prettejohn and his team are back-to-back meetings with Halwill either side of Christmas with a trip to North Devon this Saturday followed by a swift return at Glebe Park on December 27.

Prettejohn has a clear target for his side. He said: “With table-toppers University now taking a break it gives us a great chance to play catch-up. We still have the students to meet twice this term so, if we can close the gap in their absence, and beat them twice in the new year, we’ll be well on the way to our dream of starting next season in the second tier of Fresha League football.”

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