Upottery see off Seaton Town to bank first top flight win

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Upottery created a little club history on Monday night when they defeated Seaton Town 1-0 in the clubs first ever Macron Devon and Exeter League Premier Division game at their Glebe Park home.

The win came some 50 hours after they had gone down 1-0 at Heavitree United on the first match day of a new season.

Max McKeown capped a Man of the Match performance with the only goal of the game against Seaton.

Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn said: “Against Heavitree we showed them far too much respect. Understandable to a point as I sensed, certainly from the start of the game at Heavitree, that the lads were feeling a little like ‘are we really at this level and do we seriously belong here!’ At half-time we reminded them just how hard they had worked and indeed how well they had performed to arrive at the top level and in the second half there was marked improvement in all areas.”

Upottery can consider themselves a little unfortunate not to have got, at the very least, a point from the Heavitree game given their excellent second half show.

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Against Seaton, Upottery looked every inch a top flight side and fully deserved to take all three points.

On Saturday Prettejohn’s side host Newtown who will provide a real test. Four regulars have arranged a ‘lads holiday’ and so will be unavailable.

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Prettejohn says: “It’s disappointing that we are not going to be able to take on an established Premier side like Newtown with a 100 per cent full side. However, those lads missing opens doors for others to step in and do a job, and I am sure they will.”

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