Wellington AFC lost the first competitive match in the 2017-18 season 1-3 against Hengrove in the FA Cup extra Preliminary Round.
Ian Bellinger opened the scoring for Wellington but Hengrove’s Luke Crew scored a hat trick – the first goal from open play and then two more from two penalties – to seal the match.
Officially, this was a home fixture for the Tangerines but, because their pitch is not available until September due to cricket matches, the match was played at Witheridge AFC.
As Division One Champions Wellington won promotion to the Toolstation Western Premier Division at the end of last season. Hengrove ended the season in 2nd place and were also promoted.
Wellington’s first league match is against Buckland Athletic on Tuesday 8 August at 7.30pm.