Upminster men suffer second successive loss to Sudbury as search for points continues

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 October 2017

Upminster's Jamie O'Dell in action against Sudbury (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Upminster's Jamie O'Dell in action against Sudbury (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Upminster slipped to a second successive defeat in East One South against Sudbury at Coopers last weekend.

The visitors had the better chances in the first half and took the lead from a short corner.

But Upminster began the second half brightly and forced a string of saves from the Sudbury keeper before debutant Nick Hull finally levelled.

Sudbury regained the lead from another corner, though, and beat man of the match Phil Dixon again to seal a 3-1 win.

The seconds were 2-0 winners at Crostyx, thanks to goals from Dave Young and Mike Scrivener.

Tom Marston made a fine save to deny the hosts before Young opened the scoring and Scrivener tapped in at the far post after a quickly taken free hit, as Nick O’Dell and Ryan Hodges shone.

The ever-improving thirds took the lead against Plashet as Will Murphy swept home Phil Hudson’s cross, but they eventually succumbed to 4-1 loss against a side who scored no fewer than 155 times last season.

Martin Nutt and keeper Tom Hilson were named man and defender of the match.

The fourths were on the wrong end of a 6-0 defeat at Saffron Walden, but performed well.

Midfielders Chris Szpak, Will Topp and Dan Harrison worked tirelessly as continued pressure was applied to the U’s goal.

And captain Tony Dance saved a penalty flick as the hosts led just 1-0 at the interval.

Fitness levels dropped after the restart, though, and Ian Loman suffered an injury which meant a reshuffle to the backline and saw the hosts net a quick brace.

Jordan Southan pushed into attack for Upminster and Alan Ison was denied by a good save, as Louis and Ellis Pickering worked hard on their debuts.

But Walden netted three quick goals in succession late on to give the final scoreline a lop-sided look as Dan Harrison was named man of the match and John Beach defender of the match.

The fifths fell to a slender 2-1 defeat to Old Southendians at Coopers after some inspired defending from the visitors.

An early goal from evergreen Lester Farrant was just reward for early Upminster pressure, but two goals on the break either side of half time were the difference.

Aiden Hewitt showed excellent skills to take the man of the match award, as debutant Teerath Sanghera, 14, defied his age to impress at centre-back.

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