Upminster lifted by late winner
11:00 01 December 2016
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Upminster 3 Long Sutton 2
Upminster’s men picked up a valuable three points in East League Division One with a late winner to edge out Long Sutton at Coopers.
The match started fairly evenly, with the visitors having the slight upper hand, but both teams looked lively and created chances.
Upminster missed a gilt-edged chance to take the lead and were immediately punished as the visitors raced up the other end and opened their account after 15 minutes.
Both teams could consider themselves unfortunate not to have scored during the next phase of play, with the closest chance being from Long Sutton as a shot hit defender Nathan Woods in the face, leaving him with a broken nose and a concussion.
As the half continued, Upminster began to assert themselves on the game, and were duly rewarded when, after some nice build-up play, veteran Mike Scrivener tapped in at the far post.
The second half saw Upminster grow into the game even more, but Long Sutton still threatened and remained dangerous.
The home side felt they had the better of the attacking play, though, and they took the lead when Dave Hadsley deftly turned in a short corner.
But with only minutes to go it appeared Upminster hearts had been broken, as a well-constructed Long Sutton move allowed a spare man to tap in at the far post to level.
The visitors’ joy was short lived, however, as a final short corner in the dying seconds was converted by Scrivener to rapturous applause.
At the halfway point of the season, Upminster find themselves on 15 points, which they will hope to use as a springboard to push on and challenge some of the high flyers in the division.
Upminster host East London at Coopers on Saturday in their final match before the Christmas break, hoping to continue their impressive home form this season.