Wellington showed great spirit and determination to overcome higher-placed Clevedon Town at the North Street ground on Saturday 3 November, scoring two goals before conceding a penalty in the dying minutes of the match.
The Tangerines’ performance was all the more commendable as they were reduced to 10 men after Josh Wadham was shown a red card for an off-the-ball incident with 35 minutes of the match remaining.
On a difficult day for coherent, skilful football with a cross-pitch wind making all aerial shots unpredictable and drizzle falling towards the end, Wellington looked an equal match for Clevedon who are in 4th place in the Toolstation Premier League. On 10th October Clevedon won the Somerset FA Premier Cup match against Wellington 2-1 so this fixture was likely to be a good test of the home side’s tenacity.
Wellington’s first goal came after just 5 minutes when Jack Bryant’s powerful shot from just outside the box gave former Wellington goalkeeper Connor Sidley-Adams no chance.
Thereafter, the two teams had equal amounts of possession throughout the first half but struggled for accuracy in a gusty wind. Strong attacks from Joe Chamberlain and Jack Porter on the wings made life difficult for the Clevedon defence but the visitors’ own attack might have been rewarded had a number of chances been on target.
Following Josh Wadham’s dismissal, Wellington’s defence was stretched and Clevedon would have equalised had Josh Mclean not tipped the ball onto and over his crossbar.
Wellington managed to retain some possession but were required to work very hard for it. The relief when substitute Connor Pengelly – replacing the tireless Joe Chamberlain – found the net after the ball ricocheted around the goalmouth was intense. Clevedon made every effort to come back from this blow but were wasteful in the extreme with their attempts on goal. It was left to Lucas Vowles to put away a consolation penalty goal in the final minutes.
Jack Bryant was made Man of the Match for ‘a performance of great character’.
Wellington are now in 12th place in the league and are now scheduled to face Willand Rovers in the postponed Les Phillips Cup match on Wednesday 7 November.