Upottery win crucial match and eye up runners-up spot

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Upottery rose to new heights in their Fresha League Division One campaign as they defeated their big rivals for the runners-up spot University, defeating the students 2-1.

Max McKewan continued his rich vein of scoring with the opening goal, heading home a Steve Morris corner.

Almost immediately parity was restored when a cross-cum-shot found its way past Jack Trevisic in the Upottery goal.

The villagers were soon back on the front foot and, after missing a one-on-one situation, Jason Kennard found himself in an identical spot minutes later and this time slotted the ball home for what proved to be the winner.

The students then proceeded to bombard the Upottery goal, but the villagers back line of Gary Moore, Ed Frampton and Adam Crabb, were more than a match for the fleet-footed and full-of-energy students.

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The result means that now, for Upottery to finish second they need University to drop four more points in their remaining five games. They are at home to Alphington tonight (Wednesday), at Bickleigh on Saturday (May 14), at home to Westexe on May 16 and home to Bickleigh on May 18 and then they complete their campaign on May 21 at Westexe.

Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn said: “We were missing some big players, but that actually worked in our favour because those that were charged with trying to win this oh-so-important fixture really did rise to the challenge. To say they gave their all would be an understatement, to a man, they were goliaths, each and everyone of them gave everything they had and I am so proud of them. Whether this result will bring us the runners-up spot we sop want is something we will not know until University have caught up with their outstanding matches. For now we can only make sure we don’t spoil this achievement by failing to beat Colyton on Wednesday or Witheridge on Saturday. Six points from those two games will give us a great chance.”

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