Upton St Leonards v Berkeley Town

2pm  17 September 2017

Stroud and District Charity Cup (Section A), Quarter-Final
Upton St Leonards 1 Berkeley Town 5 (att 25)

The south west of England still has a few local cups, like this, that provide chances to visit Saturday teams for ties on Sundays. Upton St Leonards is a village just outside Gloucester, and so in good range for a day out including a game on a new ground.

The home club are newly-promoted to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League this season, but as a division two side they proved no match for their first division visitors, who came from a goal behind to win convincingly.

It could have been different though, as Upton St Leonards started well and deserved the early lead they got thanks to a penalty. The spot kick was well saved, but the Berkeley keeper couldn't keep out a follow up shot.

An own goal levelled the score, and Berkeley gradually took control, leading 3-1 by half time. In the second period Upton pushed forward trying to get back into the game, and with more luck might have done, but Berkeley exploited gaps at the back to add two more goals.

Upton St Leonards Recreation Ground is a pleasant spot. A two tier pavilion looks out over  a large sports field, and the football pitch is on the far side of a cricket square. The ground is right next to the M5 motorway, but while traffic noise was audible it didn't detract from what was an enjoyable game.

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