UPTON'S first try was scored by Tim Badger who took a swirling high ball from the Chaddesley full back and left the opposing forwards fearing the worst as he set up Heeley who made good yardage before setting up clean ruck ball.


McCaulkin's quick feed to Paul Williams gave him the time to push a judged kick upfield, starting a race to the line. It was Badger again who stride for stride gained on the Chaddesley defence and with the luck of the bounce won the 20 metre race. 5-0 to Upton.

Chaddesley, two divisions below Uptons mixed XV showed excellent spirit and had more than their fair share of pressure throughout the game.

It was they, in fact, who had the better scoring chances until the middle of the second half when Upton's superiority began to tell.

Fifteen minutes into the second period, the ever dangerous Ben Penson at full back and Brian Gidley at centre set alight the back division of Upton, combining to release first Dan Lander and finally captain Adam Caulkin, the latter of whom was unlucky to score on two occasions when being over the try line.

The tackling on both sides must be applauded, the large crowd being treated to a bone-shattering display, not least from Matt Buchan and Mark Symington. With 15 minutes to go, Upton started playing a more expansive style of rugby with Shaun Lancett being the catalyst for most action.

The second try effectively killed off the game and came from an unlikely source. The ball fed along the backs eventually found Nigel Banwell on the right wing. Forty metres out he set off on a lung-bursting mission, seeing the full back had come across to cover, Banwell chipped the ball on, taking him out of the equation and looked to present Sutton with the score only for him to stumble and crash into the upright. Banwell, reacting quickest pounced to score.

An enjoyable game and fine result. Thanks also to Chaddesley for the delayed kick off due to traffic chaos.

Shandy Bass Man of the Match was Upton second row James.