Rejuvenated Upton closing in on the title

Ben Casey EVENING NEWS SUNDAY LEAGUE: Four years ago Upton chairman David Wales nipped round to see his next door neighbour Mike Smith and in conversation it was mentioned that the local village Sunday side was on its knees and about to fold.

Ben Casey

Four years ago Upton chairman David Wales nipped round to see his next door neighbour Mike Smith and in conversation it was mentioned that the local village Sunday side was on its knees and about to fold.

Wales said he was going to try and save the club, and being a kind neighbour Smith said he would help with pitch marking etc.

Two days later Mike Smith was informed that he was the new secretary of the club.


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"We set about rebuilding the club and played players well into the veteran stage to survive that first season," said Smith.

"Now we have youngsters like captain Jamie Tubby and Alex Armes, who we have built the side around, and mixed with the experience of Andy Elvin and David Lake we now, have a decent squad".

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Upton know that a point against bottom side Temple Bar will see them take the 3A title this weekend and Smith is confident they can do it.

It may not be that simple though as their opponents also know that a point will see them avoid the drop, a task that secretary Carl Burton feels is not beyond them.

"If we play like we did against The Reindeer last week then we are definitely capable of getting the point we need," he said.

"There have been two or three games that we should have won but were denied by late goals and I really believe we are in a false position."

The Norwich pub side know they have nothing to lose and will be looking to the goals of Mori Elliot to get the point they require. Other games to look out for this weekend sees the top two in the Premier Division, Sunday Senior Cup finalists AFC Wanderers and Quebec Rovers meet at Eaton Park. Two teams with serious designs on the Division 1b title, and top flight football next season, meet as Costessey Sports take on Aylsham Sunday.

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