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Bragging rights are shared in derby tie
11:40am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
THE Cheltenham Association League Division One campaign kicked off with a 1-1 draw between promoted local rivals Upton Town and Hanley Swan.
Upton’s fine pre-season form was not carried into the league as a sloppy first-half saw them 1-0 down at the break to spirited opposition.
Although Jake Hall troubled the keeper early on, the hosts were second to most things but the second period was different as Luke Kitchen levelled four minutes in with a 25-yard lob.
Luan Gashi’s effort was ruled out for offside and Matt Hindmarsh headed inches over from a Hall long throw.
Gashi was denied by the keeper late on and scuffed the rebound wide with the goal gaping before Hanley Swan hit the underside of the bar.
Upton won their final preseason friendly 3-1 at Tewkesbury Town with Jamie Preece, Kitchen and Hall scoring.
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