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Kitchen's hat-trick in vain for Upton
3:40pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
LUKE Kitchen bagged a hattrick for Upton Town, but it wasn’t enough to secure all three points at Newton FC.
The hosts struck at the death to seal a 4-4 draw in Cheltenham Association League Division One.
Town welcomed back club captain Kristian Richardson, but his return lasted less than two minutes as he was carried off with an ankle injury.
Player-manager Simon Craddock set up Town, with an already injury-hit squad, to be tough to break down and it seemed to work with the visitors pressing all over the pitch.
Slightly against the run of play, Town took the lead when Kitchen volleyed in from 20 yards, but Newton were gifted a way back into the game when awarded a penalty for shirt pulling.
Chris Darby saved the spotkick, but the rebound was tapped in.
Town then went 2-1 down at the start of the second-half when a mishit shot was deflected in, but Craddock levelled the score by smashing in from close range after a corner.
More slack defending gifted Newton a third goal when a long throw put their winger through one-on-one and he slotted home.
Town were then awarded a penalty when Matthew Hindmarsh was tripped as he ran through and Kitchen stepped up to convert.
Kitchen completed his hattrick as he was put through by Hindmarsh and he knocked the ball past the keeper with the outside of his right foot. However, Newton equalised at the death when another mishit shot was deflected in.
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