ANOTHER defensive mix-up cost Upwey & Broadwey dear at Hardings Lane, according to Steve Reynolds.

The frustrated boss watched his side struggle in an ill-tempered affair and just when he thought they might escape with a point Gillingham were gifted a late winner.

Reynolds told Echosport: “Another late goal and another mistake in defence. It’s extremely frustrating because I know we are much better than that but once again it was just one of those days.

“We actually went one up after five minutes. Ty Young played a superb crossfield ball over to Sam Nichols who then cut it back to Pete Bochonko. He then held off three defenders before Ty ran on to the ball and stuck it away.

“It was a good goal but after that the controversy started when one of their lads brushed into Phil Anderson and fell down play acting.

“Unfortunately, the referee fell for it and one of their lads went on to fire home a great free-kick to make it 1-1.

“Frustration then crept in on both sides and 10 minutes before the break they went in front through a well-worked goal.

“At half-time we told the lads to try and keep their cool and in the second half we were the better side.

“Ty and James Baker both had a couple of chances but it was Henry Clark who finally got us back level just five minutes after coming off the bench with a fine finish that put some of our efforts to shame.

“After that we pushed and pushed but we were still not knocking the ball around like I know we can and with six minutes remaining we ended up conceding a sloppy third.

“Once again it just came from a long ball downfield. The keeper and a couple of defenders both went for it but no one got it and that allowed one of their players to just roll it into the net to win the game.

“It was very disappointing and some of the decisions in the game were bizarre but we still only have ourselves to blame.

“We haven’t got a game now until October 13 when we travel to Westland Sports, which is frustrating because it would have been nice to have had the chance to get this result out of our system straight away.”

Upwey now sit seventh in the Dorset Senior League, three points adrift of the top three.

Upwey: Wyatt, Aston, Thompson, Anderson, Porteous, Young, Kenderdine, Frost, Nichols, Baker (Clark 60), Bochonko (Jarvis 75). Sub not used: Purnell.