Upottery Reserves win the Golesworthy Cup
PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 May 2018
Upottery Reserves ended the season in great style as they were crowned winners of the Golesworthy Cup after defeating Bradninch 2-1 in the final played at Ottery St Mary.
Upottery, who had won the Macron League Division Six table a couple of weeks before started brightly against a side that finished as runners-up in Division Seven, but failed to take a number of gilt edged chances during a first half they dominated. However, Bradninch did offer a real threat on the counter attack. Just before the break, Brad Morris was involved in a heavy collision with the out-rushing Bradninch goalkeeper that resulted in a yellow card for the glovesman and a shoulder injury to the Upottery player that meant he had to leave the game at the halfway mark.
After the break Bradninch had the benefit of the Ottery slope and it was the Mid Devon side that struck first, scoring with a well-worked corner routine.
The Otters had to dig deep, and reshuffle, and eventually got a goal back when Gavin Richards took a corner and Jamie Westwood scored his first goal for the Otters this season, with a leaping header that the keeper and two defenders on the line were unable to stop.
The game opened up, and, with 10 minutes left on the clock, a foul on the edge of the area saw Gavin Richards leave the keeper as only a spectator as the ball nestled in the top corner of the net.
As you would expect in a cup final, the pressure mounted, and Jake Welch provided a crucial save, and Upottery saw the game out to lift the coveted Golesworthy Cup for the first time in their history.
The Upottery cup final Man of the Match award was shared by their two goal scorers, Gavin Richards and Jamie Westwood.