2:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013
PROMOTED Upton Town maintained their good start to life in Cheltenham Association League Division One with back-to-back wins.
After beating AC Olympia 3-2 last weekend, they defeated local rivals Hanley Swan 2-1 to move up to second in the table.
Against Hanley Swan, who were also promoted last season, Mark Thomas scored after just a minute when his cross-shot flew into the net at the back post.
Town’s bright opening was further rewarded by a second when Luke Kitchen danced through the defence and slotted the ball past the keeper.
But the hosts hit back and made it 2-1 on 35 minutes with a well-taken goal from Matt Atkinson.
Town weathered an early storm in the second period but then failed to kill the game off with Callum Hill going close after a good run and then missing a good chance from six yards.
Kitchen was also denied by a great late save but the three points left player-manager Simon Craddock happy with their start to the season.
Against Olympia, Upton took the lead with a fine team goal as Will Radnor and Craddock linked up with the latter putting Thomas through to slot home.
Olympia equalised from a corner and minutes later took the lead.
But Town shaped up at the back and continued to play well with Shaun Henley denied by a fine save.
Craddock equalised with his left foot right on halftime and man-of-the-match Henley scored a 20-yarder just after the break to secure an impressive win.
Hanley Swan, meanwhile, lost 2-1 at home to early leaders Butlers with Mark Smith scoring and they are looking for their first league win after three games.
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