Upminster look for positives after loss

PUBLISHED: 15:16 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:16 22 February 2017

Upminster's Phil Dixon (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Upminster's Phil Dixon (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Bishop’s Stortford 3 Upminster 1

A youthful Upminster men’s side succumbed to Bishop’s Stortford in East One South, but took some positives from the match.

The visitors were without several key players, but youngsters Toby Dunlea and debutant Jacob Fortune joined as newcomers to the team.

The match began evenly, with Stortford having the better of the attacking chances, until Jack Downes missed a gilt-edged opportunity by taking too long to shoot and was closed down by the home defence.

Keeper Phil Dixon was in fine form for Upminster and it was only in the closing stages of the first half when a series of unfortunate deflections meant that he was finally beaten.

The second half was fairly even, with both sides creating chances they should have put away, but the home keeper then had to go off after twisting a knee.

A courageous midfielder stepped in for Stortford, but his first task was to fetch a Steve Wright short corner out of the goal as Upminster equalised.

But the visitors then let Stortford straight up the other end to restore their lead and the home side added a third in the closing minutes to seal the points, with Upminster unable to seriously test the stand-in keeper.

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