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Upton squeeze through after seven-goal thriller
4:20pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Football
UPTON Town progressed into the Worcestershire FA Saturday Minor Cup second round with a tight 4-3 win over Badsey Rangers Reserves.
Town, missing a string of players, got off to a good start and Simon Craddock stung the Badsey keeper’s hands.
Chris Darby was also called into action at the other end with an outstanding save from a close-range header.
Upton took the lead when former Badsey player Jake Hall converted a Luke Kitchen cross with the outside of his foot.
It was 2-0 soon after when Matt Hindmarsh headed in from a tight angle but the Stratford Alliance visitors were let back in by poor marking from a long throw.
Upton went 3-1 up with a fine counter-attack as Will Radnor and Kitchen combined for the latter to pick out Hindmarsh who drove home his second goal.
But they switched off for the final 15 minutes of the half as Badsey got on top and scored two to level by the break.
Upton settled down in the second period and won the game with Hall grabbing his second, this time with his left foot.
Malvern Town Reserves were destroyed by WCT Raiders in the same competition, going down 8-1.
In the Worcestershire FA Sunday Premier Cup, Malvern Radar and Colwall St James were knocked out in the first round, losing 4-1 and 5-1 to Ocean Designs from the Kidderminster League and Arrow 2000 respectively.
Malvern Victoria progressed in the Junior Cup thanks to a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over Droitwich outfit Spa Athletic after drawing 1-1.
Powick won 3-2 at New Barbourne to join Victoria in the second round.
In McDonald’s Worcester and District League Saturday Division One, Powick are second after beating University of Worcester 2-0 but Malvern Vale remain bottom after losing 2-0 at Worcester Anchors.
Malvern side Inter Express crashed to a 6-0 home defeat to Northside in Sunday Division Two, losing their grip on top spot in the process.
There was also a defeat for Malvern Rangers who went down 5-2 at West Midland.
Brewers Athletic are top of Division Three after thrashing Powick Reserves 11-1.
Malvern’s Falcons are second after beating Hylton Road Rovers 8-4, while Foresters lost 4-0 at Worcester City Wanderers.
Colwall Village picked up their first league win of the season 2-1 at Cutnall Green.
- Leigh and Bransford Badgers put a three-match losing streak behind them to notch a 2-0 win over high-flying GDL Athletic ‘A’.
They defended well in front of keeper Henry Davis who deserved his first clean sheet of the season in McDonald’s Worcester and District League Sunday Division Five.
The hosts broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when Adam Luton-Hughes was pushed over in the penalty box, and after a re-take, Chris King scored.
James Mobbs prodded home the second goal on 70 minutes.
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