FOOTBALL: Skipper's return boosts Upwey

WELCOME RETURN: Phil Anderson, right

WELCOME RETURN: Phil Anderson, right

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

PHIL Anderson is back from suspension for Upwey & Broadwey’s home clash with struggling Okeford United tomorrow (3pm) – and the skipper’s return couldn’t come soon enough for boss Steve Reynolds.

The Upwey manager was without his captain for last Saturday’s 5-1 drubbing by Witchampton United in the Dorset Senior Trophy.

But with Anderson available again, Reynolds is hoping for a quick turnaround in his side’s fortunes following their trophy nightmare.

Another plus point for the Upwey chief is the likely return of striker Pete Bochonko, who missed the last game due to work commitments.

Whatever side Reynolds picks for tomorrow’s game, he will be looking for a vast improve- ment on the performance against Witchampton, one he describ- ed as “gutless” and “lacklust- re”.

“The lads were sat in the changing room after the game last Saturday and you could have heard a pin drop,” he said. “They know, and I know, that they are better than that.

“We missed Phil Anderson against Witchampton and Pete Bochonko’s size and presence up front.

“I’ll be looking for a big reaction tomorrow and I expect there to be one.”

Chickerell United are bidding to reclaim top spot in the Dorset Senior League and they entertain Witchampton tomorrow (3pm), while Portland United Reserves host Kingston Lacy at Grove Corner (3pm).

Blues’ boss Chris Hicks is upbeat about his side’s chances, but he may have a few selection headaches before kick-off.

“Matt Camp, Steve Churchill, Ian Bickerstaff are with the first team and James Turrell could be unavailable,” he said.

“We’re disappointed to have players missing but we’re confident we can go and get three points.”

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