2013/2014 First Team - scroll down for reserves
27 July 2013 Barry Gaulton Memorial Cup - Upton 4 Lache 5 - Upton scorers Simon Andrews 2 Nathan Mapletoft 2
14 August 2013 Upton 3 Blacon 1 In this the opening league match of the season both the long term injuries to Stuart Denham and Todd Reid and less serious injuries in pre-season friendlies to Tom Fellows, Mike Flavell and Chris Melia all affected the squad significantly. Only three players from last year's opening fixture were present in this side. The first ten minutes were incident free except for an awkward half chance header for Nathan Mapletoft. The following three minutes proved eventful. First Blacon opened the scoring with a tap in for Jamie Rogers following a free kick and the Upton defence watching. Within a minute Nathan Mapletoft equalised with a well placed shot from 12 yards out.For the remainder of the first half it was Upton who most looked like taking the lead. First Owen Kelsey scored but was ruled narrowly offside. On 30 minutes a move down the left resulted in a Henry Nicholson cross headed firmly against the Blacon crossbar by Nathan Mapletoft with the keeper beaten. Again down the left inter-passing between Henry Nicholson and Sean Finch resulted in a chance for Owen Kelsey who shot just wide from the edge of the box. The second half began in much the same fashion with the Upton defence solid in the face of long Blacon clearances. Within 2 minutes of the restart Nathan Mapletoft just failed to get a full touch to a Sean Finch cross following a defensive error from a side under some pressure. Soon after another header against the Blacon crossbar rebounds for a tap in which is controversially denied for offside. Eventually on 55 minutes a defensive error from a cross allows Owen Kelsey to score and Upton take a 2-1 lead. As ever Blacon continue to compete hard for an equaliser but Jonathan Saul's goal is rarely threatened. Eventually 5 minutes from full time, after Upton had retreated and allowed the opposition possession and territory, a quick break and clever back heel from Owen Kelsey allows Peter Hyndman, on debut, to score decisively with a fierce shot into the roof of the net. Only then do 3 points look secure. Team; Saul, Nicholson, Wallace, S.Mapletoft, Murphy, L.Finch, Richard, S.Finch, Kelsey, Andrews, N.Mapletoft. Subs; A.Smith, R.Deponeo, Dennan, Hyndman. Scorers ; Kelsey, N.Mapletoft, Hyndman.
17 August 2013 Upton 1 Newton 1 - scorer Nathan Mapletoft. There were few scoring chances for either side in the early first half and it was 18 minutes before a quick break from defence gave Nathan Mapletoft, who shot over, the first Upton scoring chance. Newton opened the scoring on 35 minutes following an excellent passing movement around the penalty area found an unmarked attacker inside the box who scored unchallenged. Upton's play for the remainder of the half lacked continuity and the Newton keeper remained untroubled. Within three minutes of the second half Newton were awarded a penalty which John Saul saved. As the half progressed, however, Upton improved and for the final 20 minutes were dominant in possession and territory whilst Newton hung on. They were rewarded on 80 minutes when Nathan Mapletoft, although closely marked in the penalty area, typically found just enough room to score from an acute angle. In the final 10 minutes despite all the play Upton failed to fashion a winning goal. Had Upton started as they finished the result would have never been in doubt. Team; Saul, Murphy, Wallace, S.Mapletoft, Dennan, L.Finch, Kelsey, S.Finch, P.Hyndman, Kelly, N.Mapletoft. Subs; Leaman, Crank, A.Smith, Fennell.
21 August 2013 Christleton 0 Upton 0 - match report to follow
24 August 2013 South Liverpool 5 Upton 0 - match report to follow
31 August 2013 Upton 1 Mossley 1 - scorer Nathan Mapletoft - match report to follow
7 September 2013 Upton 3 Maghull 4 - scorers Simon Andrews 2 Chris Melia 1. Maghull struck after just three minutes to go 1-0 up but Upton were back on terms two minutes later with a fine goal by Chris Melia. Maghull then had their left back, Lee Mullin, sent off for a stupid deliberate handball on the halfway line, having already received a yellow a second yellow meant he had to go. This seemed to spur Maghull on rather than Upton whose heads seemed to drop and Maghull pushed on and increased their lead to 2-1. In first half injury time Maghull were awarded a penalty and scored 3-1. The second half was very sloppy and Maghull increase their lead with a direct free kick from the edge of the box 4-1. With still 30 minutes to play Upton made some changes and substitute Simon Andrews made it 2-4 from the penalty spot. Upton started to look livelier and with just minutes to play Simon Andrews bundled the ball over the line 3-4, but all too late.
14 September 2013 Heswall 3 Upton 2 - scorers Lewis Dennan, Darren Wallace - match report to follow
21 September 2013 Upton 1 Chester Nomads 1 - scorer Mark Richards. Nomads took an early lead after six minutes following two defensive errors. The rest of the half was a bit of a stalemate with Nomads stronger but with Upton playing the better football. The second half was much better again with Upton playing the better football, as the game progressed it was obvious who the fitter were and Upton got their reward when Mark Richards equalised in the 78th minute. If anyone was going to win it was Upton but Nomads hung on to get a draw.
28 September 2013 Upton 3 Vauxhall Motors Res 1 - scorers Darren Wallace (pen), Luke Finch, Chris Melia. After fifteen minutes into the game which was end to end Upton were awarded a penalty after Mike Flavell was brought down in the box and was unable to play any further part in the game. Upton captain, Wally Wallace stepped up to take the penalty and make it 1-0. It was evenly matched for the rest of the half before Chris Melia increased the Upton lead following a terrible fumble by the Motormens' keeper. Following a great move Luke Finch ran onto a great through ball from Owen Kelsey to slot home past the stranded keeper to make it 3 - 0 at half time. Upton should have gone further ahead in the opening minutes of the second half. It really should have been 4 - 0.Vauxhalls pulled one back on 60 minutes with a close range tap in by their captain Alex Clare.Five minutes later Upton hit the post and should then have had a penalty for a blatant tackle on the referee's blindside which really should have been flagged by his assistant. Upton’s keeper then made a good save to ease the pressure before Upton blazed over in the dying minutes. Final score 3 - 1.
5 October 2013 Blacon 1 Upton 0 - match report to follow ...
12 October 2013 Cammel Laird Res 5 Upton 1 - scorer Luke Finch - match report to follow
19 October 2013 Cheshire Amateur Cup. Knutsford 1 Upton 1 - Knutsford win 4-3 on penalties - scorer J Eymond-Jones. Knutsford after extra time go through 4-3 on penalties.Upton took a shock lead in the first half after 25 minutes when following a goalkeeping blunder Jon Eymonds Jones headed home to give Upton the lead. Upton were kept under pressure for the rest of the half but stood firm and led 1-0 at the break. Knutsford kept up the pressure in the second half and equalised after 57 minutes. The game was then end to end with Upton looking the more likely to nick it. Poor refereeing should have seen Upton awarded a penalty when the Knutsford keeper blatantly went through and floored an Upton player even the Knutsford fans said it should have been a penalty. the referee then failed to show a yellow card when an Upton player was brought down from behind, it would have been a second yellow so the referee just gave a free kick when at other times he was very liberal with the yellow card for silly incidents. Sorry but the referee had a very poor game and I wonder what the assessor, who was at the game, had to say!!! The game went into extra time and if anybody was going to score Upton looked the more likely but no further goals were scored so it went to penalties which Knutsford won 4-3. Upton had their chance to clinch victory with their fifth penalty to win 4-3 but it was just not to be!!
26 October 2013 Ashville 4 Upton 2 - scorers Darren Wallace and Chris Melia .. match report to follow
2 November 2013 Newton 2 Upton 0 - match report to follow
9 November 2013 - Pyke Cup - Cammel Laird Res 7 Upton 0 - match report to follow
23 November 2013 - Mallaby 3 Upton 0 - match report to follow
30 November 2013 - Upton 1 Cammel Laird 1 - scorer Adam Kelly - match report - to follow
7 December 2013 - Upton 0 Mallaby 0 - match report to follow
14 December 2013 - Maghull 2 Upton 0 - match report to follow
21 December 2013 - Upton 2 West Kirby 5 - scorers Adam Kelly, Luke Finch. A very poor performance by Upton and a very poor performance from a referee who gifted West Kirby their first two goals, giving a penalty that never was and for not giving an offside that was!!!! 2 - 0 down inside the first ten minutes, this shook Upton to the core and W Kirby went on to get three more goals before the break as Upton just did not compete. Upton came back into it in the second half and were unlucky to score only twice through Adam Kelly and Luke Finch.
4 January 2014 - Mossley Hill Athletic 2 Upton 3 - scorers - Nathan Mapletoft, Chris Melia, Henry Nicholls. Upton AA travelled to 4th placed Mossley Hill Athletic and were delighted to return with their 3rd win of the season in the bag. In a well fought and entertaining contest that displayed no after effects of festive activities, both sides spent the early stages testing each other out although Upton keeper Adam Bedford was relieved to see one home effort flash past the post. But it was Upton who were to take the lead midway through the 1st period when the ever alert Nathan Mapletoft capitalised on confusion in the home rearguard to slip the ball into the net. Mossley responded and Callum Holmes shot narrowly wide while at the other end Luke Finch fired over from close range. As the half drew to a close, the hosts’ efforts to level saw them reduced to long range shooting but in the dying seconds they were awarded a penalty for handball. Mossley skipper Dave Byrne took on the task but his effort was thwarted by Bedford with the veteran keeper diving full length to tip the ball round his right hand post. The opening stages of the 2nd half belonged mainly to Upton with Finch having 3 attempts on goal without success and in an effort to get back into the game, Mossley made two substitutions. The contest developed into a midfield battle but in the 68th minute, the hosts drew level when Charlie Opare’s snap shot from the edge of the penalty area took a deflection on the way into the net. Ten minutes later, there was greater joy for Mossley as substitute Paul Pearson headed his side into the lead from Byrne’s excellent free kick. However, the joy was short lived as the visitors quickly equalized when Chris Melia headed home a right wing cross. The game was moving to injury time when Upton snatched all 3 points as a left sided corner was met firmly by Henry Nicholls’ head to earn his side a welcome 3-2 success.
25 January 2014 - Upton 2 Christleton 4 - Scoreres Chris Melia, Nathan Mapletoft. A local derby was on offer in Chester with Division 1 bottom club Upton AA playing host to a Christleton side who themselves had dropped into the bottom 3 and were looking for their 1st league success in 7 outings. Early pressure from Upton was dealt with by a Christleton defence well marshalled throughout by Anthony Mills and it was the visitors who were to go in front in the 9th minute when George Rogers slotted home from close range. Nathan Mapletoft had a chance to level matters for Upton but fired over the bar. The hosts were enjoying the greater possession but with a variable wind at their backs were guilty of over hitting their forward passes. There had been little in the way attacking threat from Christleton since their goal but in the 25th minute a reckless tackle by an Upton defender saw Josh Williams confidently convert the resultant spot kick. In response a neat turn and shot from Mapletoft was saved by Christleton keeper Gary Simester but 5 minutes before the break the diminutive striker reduced the arrears when he was on the end of an Owen Kelsey pass to slip the ball into the net. Shortly after the resumption, Christleton took a 3-1 lead when Adam Thelwell-Wilson drilled the ball home following a smooth flowing move. On the hour mark it almost became 4-1 only for Lee Butterworth’s powerful drive to smack against the bar and although the visitors were doing most of the attacking, Chris Melia had one effort saved by Greg Simester. But with 17 minutes remaining he was more successful when he diverted the ball into the Christleton net following a free kick. Christleton almost immediately restored their two goal advantage only for Thelwell-Wilson’s lobbed effort over home custodian Adam Bedford to be cleared off the line by an Upton defender. Four minutes were left on the clock when Thelwell Wilson put the game out of the hosts’ reach by latching onto a Rogers pass and converting with ease. Full time was reached with Christleton recording a 4-2 score line, a welcome success that their 2nd half play deserved. An hour prior to the kick off, a thunderstorm, complete with hailstones, had left the pitch a sheet of white and although these had disappeared when the game commenced, the conditions throughout, when coupled with a strong wind, were extremely tricky. It was to the credit of both sides then that such an entertaining encounter was witnessed, although that will be of little consolation to an Upton outfit who remain at the foot of the table.