Minehead 1 Uphill Castle 3

Uphill Castle became the first team to take three points off Minehead since October, courtesy of a superior all round performance.

Guy Burns should have opened the scoring on ten minutes when a trademark run from Callum Barnfield saw him square the ball back from close to the byeline eliminating the keeper but the Blues’ top scorer uncharacteristically fired over the open goal from just four yards out.

Deputising goalkeeper Kyran Wilkins then failed to hold on to an ultimately catchable centre from Uphill wide-man Sam Beresford, presenting centre forward Jordan Elliot the opportunity to tap home from close range.

The same player should have made it two soon afterwards, missing from close range after a fine counter attack had cut through the home defence.

Redeeming himself by making a superb interception Burns then went past his defender and having played in Mike Graddon his strike partner scored from the edge of the box, with his well-placed shot going in off the post giving Josh Skuse little chance.

Having been slightly under the cosh the goal inspired the Blues who then enjoyed their best spell of the match with Rob Vickers and Harry Scatchard going close to giving them the lead. The first half ending with the scores as level as the exchanges.

A defining blow came a few minutes into the second half when a penalty was awarded for an innocuous looking challenge by Barnfield on Elliot and though he got a strong hand to Dan Harvey’s spot kick, Wilkins could not quite do enough to stop the ball entering the net close to the foot of the post. The visitors then seized the initiative, seeming to go up a gear whilst the home side struggled to regain any control on proceedings.

Both teams huffed and puffed throughout the second half but the older and more stretched the game became there was only going to be one winner with the visitors’ control growing throughout the second period.

A third goal came courtesy of an exquisite curler from Elliot and with Joe Radcliffe marshalling the defence expertly, the Castle deservedly took all three points having looked the most impressive side to visit Irnham Road this season.

 

Minehead: Kyran Wilkins, Callum Barnfield, Harry Scatchard, Mike Mullen, Chris Newbold, Tristan Hawkins, Matty Ronan, Stefan Phillips, Mike Graddon, Rob Vickers, Guy Burns,

Subs: Branden Simsek, Darren Sherring (Both Used)

Gerry Hatrick Man of the Match: Mike Graddon

This Saturday Minehead travel to Berrow & Highbridge, who have suffered heavy defeats in recent weeks, but the Blues would be wise to remember how over-confidence has cost even the best teams important points throughout history.

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