Upminster [Mens 1st XI] 4 v 3 Blueharts [Mens 2nd XI]

Upminster produced the biggest comeback since Lazarus to claim all three points against Blueharts on Saturday on a miserable day at Coopers.

The homeside, missing 3 key players, started the game sluggishly and found themselves 1-0 down early after an amazing piece of skill from the Blueharts forward, plucking a shot out of the air at face height and tucking the falling ball away into the bottom corner.

Upminster controversially found themselves 2-0 soon after, and a flowing Blueharts move made it 3-0 inside 10 minutes. The home side were fearing a cricket score, and repelled several Blueharts attacks to keep the arrears at 3-0.

Upminster slowly came back into the game, and some good play at the back from the returning Nathan Woods allowed the home side to use their width well, culminating in Jack Downes nabbing one on the line in the closing stages of the first half.

Coach Matt Malby had some harsh words for the team at half time, and they appeared to work, with Upminster completely dominating the second half. After extended spells of pressure Lyndon Ford had a composed reverse stick finish to reduce the deficit to one goal, before a flurry of cards saw Blueharts reduced to 8 men and Steve Wright deflected in a wonderful flowing move to bring the scores level.

In the closing minutes ‘Captain for the Day’ Lyndon Ford managed to slot home the winner for Upminster as they move 3 points clear of the relegation zone. Upminster make the long journey to Harleston next week, hoping to extend the daylight between themselves and the danger zone.