Upminster managed to construct their own downfall against East London in their Division 1 curtain raiser at the Olympic Park.
East London began brightly, with quick passing and strong pressing which put Upminster on the back foot in the early stages. Just as the away side began to gain a foothold in the game, a momentary lapse in concentration resulted in the defence passing the ball to the East London centre forward, in true Upminster fashion, and the home side duly converted their four on one past a helpless Phil Dixon.
Upminster came back into the game and pressed the home side well for the rest of the half. Both sides struggled with short corner play, and while both had good attacks and spells of play, neither were particularly threatening when it came to play in the circle.
The away side started the second half brightly, and some good play from newcomer Sai, and the returning Eamon Devaney saw Upminster pressing for an equaliser. It seemed like a matter of time before Upminster would equalise, with Steve Wright and Dave Hadsley missing decent opportunities.
The last 5 minutes of the match will be ones that Upminster will be looking to forget as soon as possible. While pushing forward and chasing the game, the away side were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as East London doubled their lead. Upminster then changed formation and conceded another two late goals chasing the game.
Overall a disappointing start to the season, though the away side will feel that the scoreline could be rather misleading. Upminster will be looking to eradicate the sloppy mistakes and be more clinical in the D in the hope of getting their their season going at home to Bishops Stortford next week.