PUBLISHED: 14:31 31 October 2010
Defeated in nine-goal thriller
UPMINSTER deserved to take something from a remarkable East League contest at Ipswich.
Having wiped out Ipswich’s two-goal half-time lead to level, the visitors had chances to get their noses in front.
But they were caught out on the counter-attack and were always chasing the game in the closing stages, losing 5-4.
Ipswich asserted early control, moving the ball around well, but Jared Ford made half a dozen fine saves to keep the scoreline blank.
The deadlock was broken in the 20th minute when Ford kicked out another shot, but saw Matt Malby robbed of possession on the edge of the D and Ipswich convert a far-post tap-in.
Harry Trusler won a free hit after a run from halfway and dribbled into the D, before being stopped in his tracks by a tackle Upminster felt worthy of a short corner.
Coach Mark Menear was spoken to by one of the umpires for his frustrated response on the sidelines, but one could sympathise given some of the decisions made over the course of the match.
Graham Abrey had a shot kicked out after a good run by Russ Murphy and Trusler’s reverse-stick shot was also saved, after a one-two with Steve Wright.
Upminster were unable to convert from three short corners before Ipswich broke up field to double their lead with a neat deflection, but the visitors went close before the break as Chris Abrey and Lyndon Ford linked well, only for Wright’s reverse to be saved.
A good run by Dan Shaw won Upminster their first short corner of the second half and, after Ford’s shot was kicked out, Graham Abrey fired the ball back into the D, where Trusler deflected home.
And the visitors were back on terms soon after as Ollie Cipa and Trusler combined to win another short, which Trusler scooped inside the right-hand post.
Great work in midfield by Murphy led to Trusler setting up Ford, whose shot was saved before Trusler’s follow-up was also blocked.
One long pass out of defence later and Ipswich had regained the lead and, after one of the home players was shown a yellow card, only for the decision to be overturned after the umpires had conferred, Trusler thudded another hard shot into the keeper’s pads.
Ipswich moved 4-2 up with a clinical finish, eight minutes from time, but Upminster would not give up. Trusler had a short corner effort knocked off the line, before Matt Malby picked out debutant Cipa on the right and he cut inside to drill a reverse-stick shot in off the far post.
Upminster’s joy was shortlived as Malby was penalised for a tackle in the D and Ipswich converted to make it 5-3.
But, after Trusler saw his cheeky lobbed attempt knocked over the bar by an Ipswich defender and Murphy’s reverse was deflected onto a post, the visitors claimed their fourth when Trusler and Ford combined at another short and Murphy applied the final touch at close range.
It proved to be one of the final touches of the match, though, and Upminster were left with no reward for their fine efforts.
Upminster: J Ford; Payne, Malby, C Abrey, Shaw; Hadsley; Trusler, Murphy, G Abrey, Cipa; L Ford, Wright.
The 2nd XI edged past Saffron Walden thanks to a solitary goal at Coopers, but the 3rds lost their derby against Romford and the 4ths crashed to a 5-1 defeat at Old Southendian 3rds.
The 5th XI maintained their unbeaten record with a 6-1 thrashing of Wapping 8ths.
Defender of the match Keith Schrod kept his nerve as Wapping started brightly and Dave Pennell converted from a pair of short corners to put Upminster 2-0 up.
Chris Szpak and Steve Pearce combined for Oscar Ford to net a third before the break, but Wapping hit back after the restart as Jacob Spindler was left exposed.
Pennell struck twice more to earn the man of the match award, before Pearce founded off the scoring late on.
Upminster’s women kept their fine East League form going with a 2-0 home win over Southend.
Tina Harris put the 2nd XI ahead in their derby against Havering 3rds.
And a well-worked move ended with Faye Dixey setting up Annie Simpson at the top of the D for the second.
Natalie Emes was next on the scoresheet, before Dixey swept home at the far post from a short corner routine.
Defender of the match Aimee Daltry made some vital tackles as Havering looked for a reply, leaving Jenna Gilmour with little to do in goal.
And player of the match Harris and Dixey both claimed their second goals of the game to complete a 6-0 victory.
The 3rds went down 2-0 against Brentwood 3rds while the 4ths battled to a point with a 1-1 draw against Brentwood Academy.