Upwell Town shut-out clips The Eagle’s wings
Upwell Town 2 The Eagle 0
Upwell completed a perfect month after becoming the first team this season to prevent their opponents scoring.
This match was always going to be a tight one, with the teams currently occupying third and fourth in the table (with Upwell having three games in hand).
At half-time it was 0-0. A change in personnel and approach in the second half saw Upwell take a real hold of the game. Ten minutes after the restart, Martin Chapman connected with an inch-perfect free kick from Matt Thomas to put the hosts 1-0 up.
The result was put beyond doubt in the 89th minute after winger Claudio Cerqueira was released down the left before cutting back for new recruit Alexandru-Florin Slaninoui to net his first goal in an Upwell shirt.
In added time Cerqueira had a goal chalked off for offside.
Manager Karl Schultz said: “This result was massive for us.
“We now have a two-week break from league action with two quarter-final matches coming up at the beginning of February.
“We have to make sure we beat the teams below us in order to achieve our aims.”
Upwell Reserves got off to a dream start against third placed Ely Crusaders Reserves, winning a penalty inside the first 30 seconds after Samuel Clarke was upended in the box.
Young Curtis Oldroyd netted from the spot to put the visitors 1-0 up.
Ely grabbed an equaliser 15 minutes into the second half, while Dave Burton’s effort went past the post.
Manager John Trower was delighted with the point, but felt his young squad could have taken all three.
NWN Division 3
Upwell A were forced to battle against Hunstanton Reserves after finding themselves 2-0 down.
Jake Gent netted twice before a last-minute strike from Thomas Melton saw the home team return to the summit.
Manager Harry Griffin was pleased, but felt his lads could and should have been more clinical in front of goal.
l March Town Reserves beat Saffron Rangers 2-1 away in the Creake Charity Shield on Saturday.
In a great performance against a strong side, the Hares’ goals came from Tom Morton and David Jackson.
March: Mortlock, Dunlop, Hearn, Curson, Blake, Logan, Jackson, Morton, Whitby, S White, Youles. Subs: Pentney, Lorraine.
March Town first team, who had no fixture last weekend, host Dereham Town Reserves next Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One.