Wellington may have lost 0-3 to Championship-contenders Willand Rovers at home on Saturday 2nd December but managed to restrict the visitors’ tally to far fewer than in the two teams’ previous encounter when the score at Willand was 11-0.
Put simply, the home side were up against a strong, skilful and confident side who kept the Tangerines’ defence very busy indeed, apart from a couple of spells where Wellington got close to the Willand goal. They were, though, outplayed in what was described as ‘a tough day at the office’.
Wellington, creditably, managed to keep Willand at bay for 30 mins but the headed goal by Graig Veal which put the visitors ahead came from consistent attacking moves and restricting the home side to limited possession. Shortly afterwards Willand should have added a second but for a fine save by Wellington’s goalie.
In the last five minutes of the first half Wellington managed a sustained attack, resulting in a free kick just outside the penalty area. The Willand wall deflected the shot but the home side were encouraged and came out fighting after the interval. A second Willand goal – from Graig Veal once again – just 10 minutes later seemed to put the match beyond their reach.
Thereafter, Willand were dominant once again and their third goal came on 65 minutes from Ryan Guppy when a free kick was saved on Wellington’s line but not cleared. Wellington saw their own a cracking drive sail over the Willand crossbar on 85 minutes but, that apart, the visitors were not seriously threatened and deserved their victory.
The attendance – 130 – was the largest of the Toolstation Premier League on the day. Willand remain in 2nd place; Wellington are 17th and have another tough home fixture on Saturday 9th December against Buckland Athletic who are in 5th place in the league.