Upwell Town triumph in Primary Cup classic against Watlington Sports and Social Club
Upwell Town 3
Watlington SSC 2
Upwell Town twice came from behind to overcome Watlington Sports & Social Club in the 4Work Primary Cup Final on Saturday.
Goals from Michael Chow, Joe Whyborn and Sam Cubberly were enough to seal the victory against Watlington, who netted through Ben Fenn and Lewis Hewitt, despite Town going down to ten men in the second half.
Early on, Upwell goalkeeper Dean Jimson had to punch clear and, on the counter, play resulted in Dan Harpley swivelling to lose his marker on the edge of the box.
The wide forward’s shot was too hot to handle, but too central to find the back of the net.
Sam Cubberly’s shot was saved by the legs of James Dougal in the Watlington goal, and Joe Whyborn would have smashed the rebound home had it not been for brilliant defending.
Dougal then showed quick reactions to punch an Upwell effort over the woodwork before Harpley had a goal ruled out for offside at the other end.
In the 34th minute, Watlington’s Lewis Hewitt delivered a dangerous corner which Jimson could only punch back to him.
He set up Ben Fenn on the edge of the box and the number 10 delivered a curling strike that nestled into the bottom left corner to give Watlington the lead.
Against the run of play, Upwell equalised after a break down the left saw the ball played into Chow on the edge of the area, and he drilled a low strike that went in off the left post.
But it was 2-1 to Watlington just before the break, Hewitt making a clever run through a crowded box and latching on to a perfect through ball to poke past the keeper first time from close range.
Town were on the back foot as Watlington looked for a third goal.
However, after getting through the first 15 minutes of pressure, Upwell got the equaliser against the run of play when Whyborn was played through after making a good run.
While being chased down and crowded out by multiple defenders, he managed a shot that slotted past Dougal and into the bottom left corner to put the teams on level terms on the hour mark.
Upwell’s Chow was given a straight red after a clash with Watlington captain Harry Morton.
Watlington sensed the advantage both numerically and psychologically and began to exert more and more pressure on the Upwell goal.
But, having soaked up relentless pressure, Upwell found the net against the run of play.
A good free-kick was delivered into a dangerous area and Cubberly was on hand to toe poke it home first time, putting the ten men 3-2 up with just six minutes to play.
Watlington threw everything at Town’s ten men in injury time with Causton almost equalising at the death.