UPTON AA boss Dave Wright is challenging his players to live up to their potential after claiming they should be topping the table by now.
The Chester side are fifth in Division One after winning half of their eight matches. But Wright, who takes his side to Ellesmere Port tomorrow, wants more.
He said: “I could have predicted we would get this many points and it is a good start, but we can do a lot better.
“We have dropped too many points. We were more than capable of winning most of our early games and the players need to deliver that.”
A severely depleted Upton side had no answer to Vauxhall Motors Reserves in the Pyke Cup last Saturday.
A Simon Andrews goal was all Upton could muster as they were beaten 2-1 at Whitby Sports and Social Club.
Upton boss Dave Wright said: “It was not ideal because I found out the night before that seven lads were unable to play due to work or family commitments. It can’t be helped – those things will always take precedence over a football match – but the 11 we had on the pitch I thought were good enough to win.”
Blacon YC Visit Maghull tomorrow to resume their quest for their first league points of the season after suffering an early exit from the Pyke Cup at the hands of holders Castrol Social. The Oilmen left Cairns Crescent having won 6-1 in the second round clash. Mike Mackin scored for Blacon.
Christleton also crashed out, losing at home to early-season strugglers Ellesmere Port 2-1. Sean O’Rourke hit the target for the Swans, who welcome Cammell Laird Reserves to Little Heath tomorrow in what will be a very tough encounter.
Helsby’s Division Two encounter at Poulton Vics Reserves was one of only two games in the division to survive the weather. Wayne Linnet bagged the only goal of the game for Helsby to claim all three points.
In Division Three, Capenhurst Villa Reserves defeated Christleton Reserves 2-1. The hosts scored through Lee Hammond and Danny Higginson, Phil Abraham replying.
St Werburgh’s shared the spoils with Blacon YC Reserves as they finished 2-2. Steve Rowland and an own goal benefited Saints as Scott Broadbent and Mathew Hallal found the net for Blacon.
The opening round of the Division Three Shield saw Upton AA Reserves dumped out 4-1 at home by Pensby. Lee Highfield was the only Upton player on the scoresheet.