The battle for the title of Toolstation League One Champions goes on but Wellington have returned to the top of the division following their 3-1 victory over Chard at home on Saturday 17 April. Their close rivals Hengrove and Cheddar drew their matches away from home whilst Keynsham Town lost against Devizes. Wellington have now gone a full season without being defeated at home – a very fine record for both the team and their manager Clive Jones.
Having secured a point from their away draw against Bishops Lydeard on Good Friday the Tangerines were playing their last home game of the season against a team who were in 10th place in the league. 196 supporters turned out at the North Street ground, the highest gate of the league on the day.
Wellington were a goal ahead after a minute when Conor Bryant scored from a left touchline throw-in. In the opening exchanges they looked the stronger and more resolute side but Chard equalised after 15 minutes and thereafter there was little to choose between the two teams. Wellington had the better chances but crosses failed to reach their targets and staunch, resilient defending kept the score level until the interval.
Playing with the slope in their favour Wellington started the second half with marked determination and drive. Their forwards missed a gift of a chance when failing once again to get on the end of a cross and had a lucky escape when a Chard forward missed an open goal at the other end.
Jack Taylor’s goal on the hour may have been hotly disputed but the referee and linesman decided he had not been offside. It was, though, a deserved reward for a fine player who has scored important goals all season.
The third was an own goal after 28 minutes following concerted pressure by the Tangerines and a dangerous free kick by captain Tom Ellis.
Now there are just two fixtures to play – both away – against Malmesbury on Saturday 22 April and at Radstock on 29 April. Other matches are bound to influence the final placings in the league but Wellington have secured a fine victory and should be proud of their performance. Promotion is now in their hands.