Upton recover from shaky start to stretch long unbeaten run

Cameron Wagstaff and Brodey Burden looked solid at the back for Upton.
Cameron Wagstaff and Brodey Burden looked solid at the back for Upton.

League leaders Upton under 13s stretched their unbeaten run to 20 matches by beating Wickersley Youth 4-2 in in a Doncaster League clash.

Upton made an unusually slow start and found themselves on the backfoot for the first 15 minutes as Wickersley dominated in midfield.

Wickersley took a deserved lead with 25 yard looping effort that found the net.

The goal sparked a reaction by the home side who levelled within two minutes thanks to a great cross by Cameron Ramsay and an even better header by Kian Wood.

Upton then began to take control with Cameron Wagstaff and Brodey Burden looking solid at the back.

With Upton’s midfield starting to move the ball around, Wickersley looked vulnerable.

Upton captain Keagan Priestley battled well and his neat pass saw striker Ellis Holling get on the scoresheet with a cool finish.

Shortly before halftime Hayden Pickard’s through ball caught the keeper napping and Ramsay netted to make it 3-1.

The second half started off a little scrappily with neither side taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

Ronan Thompson made a great run down the flank only to steer the ball wide from close range.

After a couple of good chances Holling eventually grabbed his second goal of the match to make it 4-1.

With five minutes left a couple of missed tackles gift Wickersley a goal.

There were few lethargic individual performances after the previous week’s exceptional victory but nevertheless it was another win for Upton.

The impressive Burden won the MOM accolade award for his communication skills and willingness to attack the ball.