Wellington’s hard-earned 0-0 draw against Buckland Athletic at home on Wednesday 3 October perhaps should have seen them take all three points.
Against opponents who finished last season in 5th place in the league and who won the Les Phillips Cup, the Tangerines competed strongly for much of the match. Had it not been for some wayward shots on goal and Buckland’s well-organised defence, they would have pulled ahead in the first half before the visitors took greater advantage of the slope and put more pressure on the home side’s goal after the interval.
Both teams played flowing, attacking football throughout, making full use of the width of the pitch. It was little wonder that, at the whistle, some players showed clear signs of fatigue. As ever, Conor Bryant ran tirelessly and, with Joe Chamberlain, was always dangerous and aggressive at the heart of Wellington’s attack. This was particularly evident in the first half when the home team squandered perhaps their best opportunity. Following a cross from the left to the far post, the home team’s low header glanced just wide of an empty net. Wellington were pinned further away from the goal in the second half but still managed to rattle the crossbar once and saw the ball fly just wide of the uprights on other occasions.
But Buckland Athletic proved resilient and determined and Wellington’s keeper was brought into the action more as the game progressed, although the visitors were denied clear-cut chances to score by the home side’s disciplined defending.
Manager Clive Jones brought on Paulo Borges and Ollie Nott in the second half to add fresh legs to the side, replacing Conor Bryant – justifiably made Man of the Match – and Joe Chamberlain.
The verdict from the team was this: “A fair result on the night with both teams giving their all but lacking that quality in the final 3rd to win the game.” It was particularly pleasing to see a crowd of 75 at the North Street ground to enjoy a fine football match on a perfect autumn night.
Wellington move up two places in the Toolstation Premier League to 10th and play away at Cadbury Heath on Saturday 6 October. Cadbury Heath are just two places above Wellington.