Wellington maintained their fine winning form in the league on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Wincanton. The Tangerines are now 3 points clear at the top of Toolstation Division One Western with 75 points from 35 games. Keynsham Town lie in 2nd place with 72 points from 37 games but Hengrove Athletic look potentially dangerous in 3rd place with 70 points from 33 matches and a superior goal difference. Hengrove defeated Wellington in the 2nd round of the Les Phillips Cup earlier this month.
Following their stunning midweek 4-0 victory over rivals Cheddar some fatigue might have been expected in the Tangerines’ performance but, in the first half at least, none was in evidence. Against a spirited, determined Wincanton side who were able to build strong attacks on both wings, Wellington’s defence proved solid and the woodwork saved them once before the interval.
Wellington’s counter attacks proved decisive with the excellent Jack Taylor causing problems in front of the Wincanton goal supported very ably by the Bryant brothers on the wings. Jack Bryant was the first to score after just 15 minutes with his brother Conor putting away a strong shot just 5 minutes later. After 30 minutes Jack Taylor scored the third – a simple goal-line tap-in from a fine byline cross from the right wing. Taylor’s enthusiasm and determination produced a booking before the interval but his qualities as an indefatiguable forward add much to the team.
There was a sense of the match seeming already won in the second half. Wincanton continued to mount attacks playing down the slope but Wellington’s sound defence, a few wayward shots on goal and a couple of straightforward saves maintained the Tangerines’ lead. They could – and should – have added a fourth in the latter stage of the game when a shot from Luke Redrup – replacing Jack Taylor – narrowly missed the net.
Wellington are on the road again this week with two away matches in succession. They play 16th place Warminster on Wednesday 22nd March and then Devizes in 15th place on Saturday 25th. Both Keynsham Town and Hengrove have away fixtures next week and Cheddar play their next match on Saturday 1 April.