Wellington AFC scored five goals without reply in their second home match of the season against Shortwood United on Saturday 29th September in the Toolstation Premier League. The victory sees them move up to 12th place.
This was a match which the team should have anticipated as a potential 3 point fixture as Shortland came to the North Street ground having not scored a point in the league after 6 matches and having conceded 20 goals.
The first 20 minutes of the match were evenly balanced with both sides attacking strongly. Shortwood looked sprightly but the Tangerines’ superior strength, cohesion and fitness began to make demands of the opposition defence and forced their keeper into action, in one instance spectacularly.
Wellington’s first goal came after 20 minutes and the second just before half-time. With the match now firmly in their control the second half was increasingly one-sided and three further goals were ample reward for a sound team performance. When Southwood’s goalkeeper chose to feed his defenders from goal kicks rather than his midfield, the team’s forwards were left with little option but to play in Wellington’s half of the pitch.
Wellington will be aware that tougher matches lie ahead but Manager Clive Jones can be satisfied with a lively and sustained performance that saw both Conor Bryant and Joe Chamberlain scoring two goals each with Jack Bryant adding one more. He can also be pleased that the lack of discipline which cost the team a number of yellow cards last week was not in evidence this week.
The Tangerines are at home again on Wednesday 3 October against Buckland Athletic. The visitors are in 15th place in the league.