Upottery so unfortunate in defeat at Exwick Villa
PUBLISHED: 15:33 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 13 February 2018
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Upottery were involved in one of the four Macron League top flight games that beat the weather on the second Saturday of February.
The villagers were ‘guaranteed’ action, for the fixture scheduling had them visiting Exwick, who play on the all-weather surface that is also home to the Exeter College teams and Exwick have played without interruption during the recent wet weather.
Upottery gave a very good account of themselves playing, as they were, on a surface that they rarely play 11-a-side contest on, while the home team are now past masters at playing on a G3 pitch.
However, Upottery matched the home side throughout and, typical of much of the season for the Glebe Park men, at the end of the day it was fine margins that made the difference. Upottery had fallen behind before Joey Jones – who went on to serve up a Man of the Match performance – levelled things up, finishing off a sweeping team move.
Typical of the lack of luck Upottery had on the day, seconds after they saw a shot cannon back off an upright, the home team scrambled a goal at the other end of the pitch. Exwick sealed the points with a late third.
Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn said: “It was disappointing that we lost because we really did match them and that’s to the eternal credit of my lads. Let’s not forget that they [Exwick Villa] now know every blade of artificial grass on their home pitch while we generally ply our trade on grass, so the surface is a big advantage to the home team. Had that game been played on a grass surface I fancy we’d have seen a different result.”
Upottery will have to sit out another match day this coming Saturday as scheduled opponents Heavitree United have asked for the day off and so Prettejohn and his team will next be in action on the final Saturday of the month when they visit second-in-the-table Newtown and, seven days later, they host an Elmore side who have won each and every one of their 13 league games so far.
Prettejohn says: “We have some tough games coming up, but I am very confident that, just as they rose to the challenge on the 3G pitch at Exeter, I am sure they will relish the sort of challenge offered by the quality opposition that will be facing us in the form of Newtown and Elmore.”