Wellington Football Club’s 1st team failed to progress to the quarter final of the Les Phillips Cup following a 5-3 defeat by Bridgwater Town on Saturday 17th February.
Bridgwater are in 6th place in the Toolstation Premier League, nine places above the Tangerines, and went into this match on a five-match winning streak. They were also looking to avenge a 1-2 defeat by Wellington in the league on Boxing Day.
On a bright day a crowd of 143 were treated to an entertaining match with the first goal coming from former Wellington player Jack Taylor after just one minute. Glen Wright equalised for the visitors on 5 minutes with Joe Chamberlain putting Wellington ahead on 24 minutes when he followed up a long throw from the left wing. Bridgwater equalised 4 minutes later and from then until the interval the tempo and competitiveness of the match resulted in Bridgwater collecting two yellow cards.
A Jake Llewellyn volley from 20 yards put the home side ahead on 49 minutes – and they could have gone further ahead had a possible penalty been given after the same player was brought down by the Wellington goalie. Ten minutes later Bridgwater scored from a free kick – but Wellington were far from finished. Having made an impressive save, the goalkeeper led a counter attack with a long throw from which Sam Towler scored.
In the last 15 minutes of the match Wellington saw most of the ball but were unable to create clear chances. Their keeper came to the rescue with a fine save once again on 87 minutes but, 4 minutes into injury time, a Jack Taylor cross found substitute Syd Camper who added a fifth goal to Bridgwater’s tally.
Wellington now have a busy schedule with a home tie against Clevedon Town on Wednesday 21st February at 7.30pm in the Somerset FA Premier Cup, an away fixture against Bitton in the Toolstation Premier League on Saturday 24th February at 3pm and then, on Wednesday 28th February at 7.30pm, they play Clevedon at home once again in the league. Clevedon are currently in 9th place, six places above Wellington.