Upottery target Fresha Premier spot

PUBLISHED: 15:37 03 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:37 03 May 2015

Upottery away at Sidmouth. Ref mhsp 6581-19-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Upottery away at Sidmouth. Ref mhsp 6581-19-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Upottery wrapped up the Fresha League Division Two title with a 3-0 win at Sidmouth Town Reserves, writes Steve Birley.

The ambitious village club missed out on the Division Three title last year and their failing in last season’s title race was a similar visit to Manstone Lane. However, twelve months on there’s a greater resilience about this Upottery side and they controlled the contest from first whistle to last.

Jamie Girton gave them a half-time one-goal advantage and the points, and title, were all wrapped up thanks to second half strikes from Sam Winslade and Max McKewan.

Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn said: “It was the perfect way for the team to erase from the memory banks the woeful shift we put in at the same ground last season. I believe that’s where out Division Three title bid hit the buffers and so was concerned there might be nerves about this visit. However, to a player, the lads were magnificent and I felt we had a measure of control throughout.”

As for next season and the fact that the club will be playing in the second tier of Fresha League football, Prettejohn says: “We are not going up to make up the numbers. That’s not my style and we’ll be playing in Division One with the single aim of getting into the top flight. We’ll need to freshen things up and bring in a couple of players. However, for now it’s all about enjoying the moment of being title winners as we have written a new chapter in the clubs history for this is our first ever title success and my aim is to make sure it’s not the last!”

Upottery are launching a reserve team next season and the club are making a second pitch at their Glebe Park headquarters. Off the field thoughts have already turned to next season in terms of the first team pitch which is currently covered with 120 tonnes of sand as part of the close season work to ensure the Glebe Park main surface is in pristine condition come the start of a new season in August.

There’s still work to be done for the Upottery players as they retain an interest in a couple of cup competitions.

This Friday (May 8) they contest a Grandisson Cup last four tie at Lympstone and the following Wednesday (May 13) Upottery travel to Sidbury United for the semi-final of the Morrison Bell Cup.


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