A very good week for Wellington Football Club saw them return to the top of Toolstation Division One Western after a convincing win against Calne Town on Saturday 8 April. The victory follows a midweek away victory at Warminster and scores going their way in other matches featuring rival teams at the top of the league.
The match against struggling Calne Town saw a goal after just five minutes when Ian Bellinger lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper’s head. The second – from the same player – came after 30 minutes when a cross from Luke Redrup on the left wing was met with a controlled shot. On 45 minutes Tom Ellis scored the third goal, again from a cross but this time from the right, putting the match well beyond Calne’s reach.
The second half saw plenty of goalmouth incidents but almost all of them in Calne’s penalty box. Ian Bellinger rattled the upright with a thundering shot but too many shots went astray. The Tangerines’ goalkeeper was not seriously threatened apart from a long-range shot 15 minutes into the second half. Wellington looked the fitter and leaner side, more capable of coping with the physical demands of playing on a very warm, sunny afternoon and the 4th goal from Jack Bryant just before the whistle was just reward for their effort.
Wellington now head the table with 82 points from 38 games. Hengrove are now 2nd, just 2 points behind after an away defeat and a home draw in one week. Keynsham Town lie in 3rd place but have played one game more and Cheddar are three points behind them in 4th place.
There are now just 4 games left before the end of the season. Wellington have one home and three away fixtures. Their next match is on Friday 14 April at Bishop’s Lydeard and, on Monday 17 April, they play Chard at the North Street ground, their final home match of the year. It would be a fitting celebration of their fine season if the crowd turned out in force to watch the game. Promotion is definitely within their sights but, with 12 points still to play for, the competition is fierce.