Wellington reacted positively to their defeat in the Les Phillips Cup last Saturday by beating top-of-the table Cheddar, scoring 4 goals in the process and rewarding a large crowd of 136 fans for their support.
With several key players returning to the team after illness and injury, Manager Clive Jones could field a strong side in this important clash. The first quarter of the game showed two teams quite evenly matched, both setting up strong attacks. It was Wellington, though, who eventually put more pressure on Cheddar’s goal and drawing two fine saves from the visiting team’s keeper.
This pressure led to a goal mouth fracas and a Cheddar player being shown a red card. Two more received yellow cards and a justified penalty was handed to Wellington. Ian Bellinger scored from the spot.
Although Cheddar responded strongly, the fact that they were reduced to playing with just 10 men made a crucial difference. Wellington were able to exploit the space provided and their attacks led to a second penalty when Jack Taylor was fouled in the box just before the interval. Ian Bellinger again converted the spot kick.
Cheddar showed some resilience in the second half playing down the slope in increasing murky conditions but Wellington’s goal was not seriously threatened. A fine attack by the home team ten minutes after the interval brought a corner from which Conor Bryant scored. At 3-0 the game was effectively over but, to their credit, Cheddar did not look a beaten side and continued to build attacks. Jack Bryant’s 85th minute goal, though, brought an end to the contest.
Wellington are now once again at the top of the Toolstation Division One Western, leading Cheddar by 2 points. Keynsham Town lie in third place with Hengrove just below but with games in hand.
The Tangerines play 9th placed Wincanton at home on Saturday. Cheddar and Keynsham both have away fixtures against teams in the top half of the table and Hengrove are at home to Calne Town who are in 20th place in the league.