Uttoxeter outplay the title favourites with a clear message of their ability

Uttoxeter Town (yellow) apply the pressure on Atherstone Town.

UTTOXETER Town sent the Total Motion Midland League First Division a clear message of their ability by thumping title favourites Atherstone Town 5-2 in there own back yard (writes Kevin Hales).
Thé 200-strong crowd were thoroughly entertained by Dean Arnold’s team’s fluent football and were applauded off the field by the Adders (Atherstone) fans at the end.
Atherstone were ou-played in all departments, with Ollie Ritchie’s pace on the wing and Kyle Esplins guile, the Adders were truly put to the sword.
The opening goal for Uttoxeter came from constant pressure and with the Adders defence in disarray, the hosts scored an own goal when Perry Cotton, in attempting to clear, only managed to clip the ball past his own keeper.
It was no more than Uttoxeter deserved, but within 10 minutes Atherstone equalised with a neat finish from Alex Naughton. Uttoxeter dominated for the rest of the half but couldn’t break the deadlock.
In the second half, Uttoxeter were suprême, in one of their finest performances they literally wiped the floor with Atherstone and showed why they are now joint top of the league.
Kyle Esplin scored twice twisting and turning the defence in the 55th and 58 minutes.
Jack Tolley in the Uttoxter goal made a superb penalty save to deny the Adders a response.
Substitute Matt Redshaw came on and finished the Adders off, first from the penalty spot and then beating his marker before firing into the bottom corner for his second goal.
A statement of intent by coming up with a mauling of title favourites, Uttoxeter now need to build on their consistency of results.
With 10 goals in the last two games, after beating Stafford Town 5-2 in a midweek cup game, Uttoxeter are asking supporters to come out in force and back their determined promotion bid.
Uttoxeter are at home to Nuneaton Griff this Saturday (kick off 3pm).