Upton snaffle win
Second bonus point of the season moves them up the table.
Upton picked up their second bonus point win of the season versus old rivals Manor park but made hard work of it.
Having been soundly beaten at Ledbury two weeks ago coach Ben Hughes was looking for a response and with James Gammond, Max Macfarlane and Dan Aldersey back in the team Upton had a much stronger look about them.
Upton started brightly taking the ball and moving it at pace and were soon in the lead when after a number of phases open side Matt Dunwell burst through from 20 metres to score. Rob Heeley converted to make it 7-0.
However the same old story started to develop as Upton let the visitors back into the game by conceding penalties and making silly mistakes. Manor Park used their hard running forwards to create go forward ball and scored two tries, one converted to take the lead at 7-12.
Upton started to get more of a foot hold in the game and eventually re took the lead after a brace of tries from ‘Freddie’ Barrell. The young back rower got himself into two identical positions taking the ball about 10 metres out and showed wiry strength to bundle his way over twice in as many minutes. Will Dovey took over the kicking and scored one of the two conversions. This made the half time score 19-12.
Upton started the second half brightly and had soon secured their bonus point when Heeley took a quick tap penalty and fed skipper Macfarlane and the number 8 powered over to score. Heeley converted to take the score to 26-12.
At this point you would have thought the game was over but Upton fell back into bad habits and had first Macfarlane and then right wing Jake Lee binned for indiscretions. This gave Park the edge and with them on the front foot scored two tries to secure their bonus point. With only one converted this made the scores level.
With 10 minutes to go Upton had to somehow manage to galvanise their troops and this they did and were rewarded with two penalties when still down to 13 men which Heeley kicked to grab the lead at 32-26. With Macfarlane and Lee back in the fray for the final 5 minutes Upton held out for a valuable win.