Ashton & Backwell hail supersub Uppington
PUBLISHED: 10:30 18 January 2019
Substitute Paul Uppington was the matchwinner for Ashton & Backwell United as they beat Bristol Telephones 2-1 at the weekend.
With lots of history between the derby rivals and passions running high, the match was played at a frantic pace.
The Stags were without the injured Townsend and saw Harry Walker and Jake Flower limp off, with most of the action confined to the first and last 10 minutes of the match.
Walker saw his shot hit the crossbar in the first minute, with Miles Hardidge firing home from the scramble that followed to open the scoring.
Saul Jarrett had a shot cleared off the line, before Josh Knight lobbed Lewis Coombes to level.
The Stags won a penalty midway through the half for a foul on George Jones, but Jarrett’s spot-kick was saved, as was his follow-up attempt.
But after Knight fired wide on 80 minutes, Uppington thumped home a loose ball to win it for the Stags, who are now fifth with a home game against fourth-placed Calne Town up next on Saturday.
Tom Press was named man of the match for the Stags.
United: Coombes, Press, Flower (Uppington 46), Bishop, Biggins, White, Thomas, Hardidge, Jarrett, Jones (Elson 77), Walker (Bishop 29).