A goal from new dad Jem Lutwama on the half-hour was enough to give Timsbury Athletic all three points in a hard fought battle at home to Uphill Castle in the Somerset Senior League Division 1. Timsbury bossed the first half but the visitors came back strongly in the second period and were unlucky not to get something from the contest.
Lutwama had the first chance of the game but shot wide on the turn after picking up an Ellis Hancock deflected shot. Jordan Elliott had the ball in the net for the visitors but was adjudged off-side. Lutwama came within inches of breaking the deadlock but his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Joe Radcliffe.
Paul Wray was just wide for Uphill Castle before Lutwama accepted a fine through ball from Jess Bishop and after rounding keeper Dan Brown shot home. Lutwama should have made it two soon afterwards after receiving a great cross from Chris Midgley but he shot wide with the goal at his mercy. Right on half-time Sam Beresford had a chance to equalize but he was foiled by home custodian Charlie Phillips.
Uphill hit back strongly in the second half and both Wray and Dan Hartley came close before Radcliffe headed against the post while Wray had another effort wiped out for off-side. In rare attacks Lutwama shot into the side-netting and Ebner Heatley forced Brown to save. Wray missed a great opportunity to put his side on level terms but he fluffed the chance with only Phillips to beat.
Timsbury gradually worked their way more into the match but it was again the visitors who came closest when Hartley rattled the bar with a fine effort. Right on time Ellis Hancock came close to putting the game safe but Brown did well to push his header over the bar. In the end it was Timsbury’s day and their first win since the opening day of the season.
Star Man: Jack Nix (Timsbury)