Wellington’s gained a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Odd Down (Bath) on Saturday 17th March. Having had their last two matches postponed because of waterlogged grounds, the players must have felt relieved to get the green light to play this fixture after a morning pitch inspection.
A ragged and disjointed first 45 minutes led to no goals and few concerted attacks. Wellington did put fleeting pressure on the Odd Down goal but a combination of miscued shots and dogged defending kept them from scoring. Both teams seemed to be struggling with biting cold, a swirling wind and snow flurries more than the understandably meagre crowd. Three minutes into the second half Wellington defenders seemed to be taken by surprise when Odd Down scored from a surging run by the left wing, the ball slotted impressively into the top left-hand corner of the goal.
Wellington’s response was equally impressive. Playing up the slope Conor Bryant got onto the end of a floated free kick from the left touchline to level the scores. George Sinnott’s goal came 2 minutes later following coherent pressure and greater attacking fluency from the home side.
Thereafter, the Tangerines looked to defend – and defended well as Odd Down put determined pressure on the home side’s goal. Wellington’s goalkeeper kept the side ahead by making two athletic saves to deny the visitors.
The three points puts them in 14th place in the Toolstation Premier League above their opponents. Whilst not yet secure in the division, the victory should have given Manager Clive Jones and the players a clear sense that they can feel comfortable at this standard.
Wellington now have two home matches in the next week. They play Clevedon Town on Wednesday 21st March and Hallen on Saturday 24th March. Clevedon lie just above them in 11th place; Hallen are in the relegation zone in 17th place.