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Devizes 2 2 Wellington

Wellington remain fourth in Division One of the Western League following this mammoth trip to Devizes last weekend as they came home with a point that was the least they deserved for their efforts.

A narrow pitch greeted the Tangerines and this tended to suit them with Luke Redrup finding good space and time to be able to deliver good crosses into the box and with the Devizes keeper been a little uncertain Wellington were keen to exploit this as often as they could.

Alex Piper got in behind the Devizes back line often as he played a high line, but he had to be careful doing this as there was always the potential to be caught offside.

Against the run of play Devizes took the lead with a good low finish from Mark Barnes who was to feature later in the game for the home side after Wellington allowed a cross to come in and offered Barnes too much space to shoot and score past Jake Viney.

Ollie Chamberlain's low finish to a sweeping Wellington move early after the restart levelled things up as Devizes screamed for offside to be called, but it was not the case.

As Wellington pushed forward they were the dominant force and when a penalty was awarded that Alex Piper slotted home it looked like an away win was beckoning, but Barnes scored his second of the game and with it saw the points were shared in what had been a good game.

Wellington are home to Wells this evening (Wednesday) and host Welton Rovers on Saturday 12th October as they continue to make steady progress all round.




Wellington 1 0 Cribbs

Wellington are up to a very healthy fourth place in Division One of the Western League after beating Cribbs at home last weekend to avenge their 5-1 away loss last month.

Wellington showed an impressive resolve to take their away form into the home arena against a side sitting second going in to the game.

Alex Piper scored the only goal of the game on 25 minutes with a cool close finish from Luke Redrup's fine right wing cross.

Skipper Tom Ellis smashed a wickedly dipping shot that the Cribbs keeper had to push behind and from the corner Ellis nearly made it 2-0.

Chris Duchenski was superb at the back for Wellington and his colleagues saw out the game and secured a fine sixth win in ten games.

A Somerset Premier Cup First Round game at Wells City took place last night (Tuesday) and the side here was likely to see a number of players rotated as manager Mike Hawes looks at all his options.

A long journey to Devizes in on the schedule for this coming Saturday.

Oldland Abbotonians 1 2 Wellington

Wellington are up to fourth in Division One of the Western League following another away win - all five wins so far have come on the road - as they made the long trek to Bristol last weekend and came away with all three points with a last minute goal.

The early exchanges were such that neither side dominated matters, but Wellington's back line of Chris Duchenski, Jack Porter, Tom Ellis and Oli Nott - who found himself starting when Tim Legg pulled up before the start - were not breached by the home side's attackers.

The first goal came against the run of play for the second week as far as Wellington were concerned as the ball broke free in midfield and was slotted past Jake Viney with a nice finish from Jerome Ingram and OIdland - two off the bottom of the table - were ahead.

This was the score at the break and into the second half as Wellington battled for an equaliser and it came through Simon Dennehy who curled a well placed left foot shot past Ryan Perry in the Oldland goal and from then on there was only one team in the game; Oldland were being pushed back and back all the time and by this time Wellington had brought on James Clough and he was making his presence known with some excellent dead ball delivery into the box and it was fitting that he should score the winner into injury time with a crashing shot that came back off the bar and over the line.

There was still time for Jake Viney to save Wellington's win with a goal line save of his own, but the three points came back down the M5.

Home form needs to match away form now and there are two chances in this respect this week with matches at home to Chard this evening (Wednesday) and Cribbs on Saturday. 

Corsham 0 - 1 Wellington

Corsham 0 - 1 Wellington

H-T 0 - 1 Chamberlain

Wellington win for the 4th time in 5 games with Viney outstanding in goal.

Team

Viney, Bryant(L), Porter, Legg, Ellis (Capt), Holmes(Clough.J 50m),Ford, Redrup (Bryant 75m), Piper, Chamberlain,Westlake(Towler 80m).

Wellington completed their run of 5 away games with the long journey to Corsham who after an opening season battering at Barnstaple had won their last 4 games including 2 home wins against premier teams Sherborne and Gillingham in the FA Cup.

Wellington made one change with Holmes replacing Dennehy who was away on holiday.

On a hot afternoon Wellington started well and within the first 5 minutes from a rehearsed corner move Legg saw a point blank header hit the keeper and the follow up agonisingly go wide, Wellington continued to break well and went close again.

Corsham finally came into the game but Wellington held firm and then from a free kick mid way through the first half Holmes drove the ball in for Chamberlain to head home to give Wellington the lead.Corsham came back but were having trouble breaking down Wellington , Viney was astonishingly booked for time wasting after a couple of poor tackles where no action had been taken.

Viney then went full length to push another shot round the post, Wellington held firm to lead 1 - 0 at half time

The second half  saw Wellington start well again with Redrup and Chamberlain having one on one chances but they were saved by the keeper. Holmes on his comeback got booked and then came off after 60 minutes, James Clough went on.Corsham were now getting on top and laying seige to the Wellington goal. Legg made one brillant tackle while Viney was outstanding. Wellington sent on both subs Bryant and Towler to boost the now tiring Wellington team but Wellington held  to claim their fourth victory in 5 games.

Mike Hawes

Almondsbury 1 - 2 Wellington

Almondsbury 1 - 2 Wellington

H - T    1 - 0

F - T    1 - 2 Piper 2

Team

Viney, Bryant(L), Porter, Legg, Ellis (Capt), Dennehy,Ford, Redrup(Bryant (J)),Piper, Chamberlain(Holmes 80m),Westlake.

Wellington were forced to make one change due to promising young player Conor Bryant picking up a knee injury.

It promised to be a hard game with high riding Almondsbury having won 4  out of  their first 5 games.

On a firm pitch Wellington kicked off against the wind but settled quickly and were comfortable in the opening exchnages.

Piper then went agonisingly close when his shot beat the keeper only for it to hit the post and rebound into his arms.

Wellington  continued to take the game to Almondsbury but were in debted to Viney who made 2 brillant saves to keep the scores level. Just before half time Wellington were stunned when a free kick hit the knee of the inrushing Almondsbury forward and rolled into the net to give them a soft lead.

The second half saw Wellington again take the game to Almondsbury but after five minutes a great run by Legg Piper was pushed in the back which resulted in a penalty. Piper confidently stroked home the penalty to bring Wellington level.Wellington were now on top and a great run and cross saw Piper fire home. Wellington were stunned to see the goal disallowed but keep going and a ball was deflected to Piper who cooly lobbed the keper to make it 2 - 1.

Wellington remained in control and for the remainder of the game  and were not unduly threatened by the Almondsbury team whilst always looking dangerous when going forward. Viney had very little to do in the Wellington goal and Wellington completed their third win in 4 games .

After losing heavily at Cribbs Wellington showed plenty of character after conceding another goal just before half time to gain another 3 points.

Weliington continue their early season tour away from home with a visit to Corsham on Saturday. This will be the 5th game on the trot away and Corsham will be flying high after an excellent 2 - 0 home win against Premier team Sherborne. James Clough will be available after missing the almondsbury game due to a wedding.

Mike Hawes

Wellington win first game of the season

KEYNSHAM  1  WELLINGTON 3
Wellington claimed a superb victory in their opening game of the season on Saturday at Crown Fields.

They took the lead in the 34th minute through Ollie Chamberlain, who then doubled the advantage in the second half.  Despite Ben Stiff pulling back a goal for the home team with six minutes remaining, Alexis Piper restored Wellington's two goal cushion in the last minute. 

1st XI Fixtures 2013-2014

August

Sat 10

First Division

Keynsham Town

Wellington

Tue 13

First Division

Wells City

Wellington

Sat 17

First Division

Cribbs

Wellington

September

Sat 07

First Division

Corsham Town

Wellington

Wed 11

First Division

Ashton and Backwell Utd

Wellington

Sat 14

First Division

Wellington

Roman Glass St George

Wed 18

First Division

Wellington

Portishead Town

Sat 21

First Division

Oldlands Abbotonians

Wellington

Wed 25

First Division

Wellington

Chard Town

Sat 28

First Division

Wellington

Cribbs

October

Tue 01

Somerset FA Premier Cup

Wells City

Wellington

Sat 05

First Division

Devizes Town

Wellington

Wed 09

First Division

Wellington

Wells City

Sat 12

First Division

Wellington

Welton Rovers

Sat 19

First Division

Calne Town

Wellington

Sat 26

First Division

Wellington

Cheddar

November

Sat 02

First Division

Wellington

Westbury Utd

Sat 09

First Division

Almondsbury UWE

Wellington

Sat 16

First Division

Wellington

Shepton Mallet

Sat 23

First Division

Bradford Town

Wellington

Sat 30

First Division

Warminster Town

Wellington

December

Sat 07

First Division

Chard Town

Wellington

Sat 14

First Division

Wellington

Keynsham Town

Sat 21

First Division

Portishead Town

Wellington

Thu 26

First Division

Wellington

Barnstaple Town

Sat 28

First Division

Wincanton Town

Wellington

January

Sat 04

First Division

Wellington

Chippenham Park

Sat 11

First Division

Shepton Mallet

Wellington

Sat 18

First Division

Wellington

Oldlands Abbotonians

Sat 25

First Division

Wellington

Ashton and Backwell Utd

February

Sat 01

First Division

Cheddar

Wellington

Sat 08

First Division

Wellington

Warminster Town

Sat 15

First Division

Chippenham Park

Wellington

Sat 22

First Division

Wellington

Almondsbury UWE

March

Sat 01

First Division

Wellington

Calne Town

Sat 08

First Division

Roman Glass St George

Wellington

Sat 15

First Division

Welton Rovers

Wellington

Sat 29

First Division

Wellington

Corsham Town

April

Sat 05

First Division

Westbury Utd

Wellington

Sat 12

First Division

Wellington

Bradford Town

Fri 18

First Division

Barnstaple Town

Wellington

Mon 21

First Division

Wellington

Wincanton Town

Sat 26

First Division

Wellington

Devizes Town

 

Season ends in bizarre fashion

WELLINGTON’S season reached a bizarre conclusion as they ended their final game away to already-promoted Hengrove Athletic with a 3-0 defeat and only seven players.

Despite the fact it was never a dirty game, they had three players sent off and their only substitute also left the action in the dying minutes.

Hengrove, still in with an outside chance of pipping Sherborne for the title, took the lead in first-half stoppage time as a corner came out to Scott Lewis and his snapshot gave Martin White – again deputising in goal for the injured Jake Viney – no chance.

The turning point of the match came early in the first half, starting with Wellington skipper Scott Holland seeing his flicked header cleared off the line and Hengrove breaking out.

When visiting defender James Garrad brought down a home attacker, he was ruled to have been the last man by referee Mark Dadds and so was shown a red card.

Mr Dadds then went on to issue a succession of yellow and red cards – all to Wellington players.

When Holland was cautioned after 65 minutes, striker Jamie Dingle, who had already been booked, made a comment which saw him receive a second yellow and his marching orders.

Nine-man Wellington then defended valiantly but fell further with five minutes left as Holland bundled over sub Joe Parsons and Mr Dadds pointed to the spot.

Midfielder Jack Adams, again already booked, was also shown a second yellow for his comments about the decision and substitution Joe Chamberlain decided to follow him into the dressing room, leaving Wellington four men down.

Hengrove’s Ben Bament converted the spot kick and then scored from a second penalty in injury time to seal the points.

As Sherborne won at Roman Glass St George to lift the title, Hengrove had to settle for runners-up spot and a place in the premier division while Wellington were left shaking their heads … 

Wellington: Martin White, Luke Bryant, Tom Ellis, Jamie Fleet, James Garrad, Max Westlake, Jack Adams, Scott Holland, Nicky Ford, Jamie Dingle, Conor Bryant. Substitute: Joe Chamberlain (used). Attendance: 52.

Toolstation future assured

WELLINGTON will definitely be playing Toolstation League football next season despite losing 2-1 in their penultimate game away to Oldland Abbotonians yesterday.

The league had already said it was unlikely any teams would be relegated with both Elmore and Shrewton United pulling out.

But, in any event, Devizes Town’s 9-0 thrashing away to Cribbs Friends Life means that both they and Westbury United will finish below Wellington, who went into the game at Oldland without a recognised keeper.

Central defender Martin White took over between the posts and produced some fine stops with only a lucky goal giving the home side the points.

Wellington got off to a dream start by going ahead within a minute of kick-off as they won the ball, broke forward and Luke Redrup’s cross was firmly headed home by teenage striker Conor Bryant.

It was the first Toolstation goal for 18-year-old Bryant, who is one of the club’s crop of talented youngsters which includes his brothers Luke, Sam and Jack.

In an entertaining game, Oldland drew level after ten minutes from a spectacular dipping volley by Dan Spill which gave White no chance.

Both sides pressed for a second goal with White and his opposite number Shane Mason producing brilliant reflex saves to keep out headers from Spill and skipper Scott Holland respectively.

But it was Oldland who clinched the points with 13 minutes remaining as a speculative cross from the left by Jordan Richards sailed over everyone, including White, and dropped into the net.

Wellington have a tough end to the season next Saturday as they travel to play Hengrove Athletic, who clinched promotion yesterday and are hoping to become division one champions.

Wellington: Martin White, Luke Bryant, Tom Ellis, Jamie Fleet, James Garrad, Max Westlake, Scott Holland, Jack Adams, Luke Redrup, Jamie Dingle, Conor Bryant. Substitutes: Joe Chamberlain, Sam Bryant and Joe Holmes (all used). Attendance: 55.

Toolstation future assured

WELLINGTON will definitely be playing Toolstation League football next season despite losing 2-1 in their penultimate game away to Oldland Abbotonians yesterday.

The league had already said it was unlikely any teams would be relegated with both Elmore and Shrewton United pulling out.

But, in any event, Devizes Town’s 9-0 thrashing away to Cribbs Friends Life means that both they and Westbury United will finish below Wellington, who went into the game at Oldland without a recognised keeper.

Central defender Martin White took over between the posts and produced some fine stops with only a lucky goal giving the home side the points.

Wellington got off to a dream start by going ahead within a minute of kick-off as they won the ball, broke forward and Luke Redrup’s cross was firmly headed home by teenage striker Conor Bryant.

It was the first Toolstation goal for 18-year-old Bryant, who is one of the club’s crop of talented youngsters which includes his brothers Luke, Sam and Jack.

In an entertaining game, Oldland drew level after ten minutes from a spectacular dipping volley by Dan Spill which gave White no chance.

Both sides pressed for a second goal with White and his opposite number Shane Mason producing brilliant reflex saves to keep out headers from Spill and skipper Scott Holland respectively.

But it was Oldland who clinched the points with 13 minutes remaining as a speculative cross from the left by Jordan Richards sailed over everyone, including White, and dropped into the net.

Wellington have a tough end to the season next Saturday as they travel to play Hengrove Athletic, who clinched promotion yesterday and are hoping to become division one champions.

Wellington: Martin White, Luke Bryant, Tom Ellis, Jamie Fleet, James Garrad, Max Westlake, Scott Holland, Jack Adams, Luke Redrup, Jamie Dingle, Conor Bryant. Substitutes: Joe Chamberlain, Sam Bryant and Joe Holmes (all used). Attendance: 55.

Plucky display as Sherborne go up

WELLINGTON could hold their heads high despite going down to a 2-0 defeat last night at Sherborne, whose victory sealed promotion back to the Toolstation premier.

With Mike Hawes – their newly-appointed manager for 2013-14 – watching from the stand, Wellington produced another hard-working display without really threating the home side in a game of few chances.

Sherborne started brightly and both Matt Day and Marc Caines went close before they took the lead after 14 minutes.

When leading scorer Caines headed the ball forward, Wellington were slow to react and he burst forward to score with a snapshot which flew across keeper Jake Viney and into the net.

To their credit, Wellington refused to let that setback affect them and contained Sherborne to a header by skipper Steve Burton which was pushed over by Viney before half-time.

It was a similar in the second half with the home side almost doubling their advantage when James Thompson’s downward header came back off the post.

Wellington’s best effort fell to striker Jamie Dingle on the hour after a trademark long throw by Tom Ellis but he lifted his shot over the bar.

And Sherborne finally made it 2-0 with five minutes remaining as visiting skipper Scott Holland played the ball back to Viney, who has been playing through the pain of a foot injury for several weeks.

The keeper’s attempted clearance was charged down by substitute Matt Chant and, after the ball rebounded back off the upright, he followed up to waltz it into the net to start the Sherborne celebrations.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Nicky Ford, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, James Garrad, Conor Bryant, Andy Butler, Jack Adams, Max Westlake, Jamie Dingle, Luke Redrup. Substitute: Joe Chamberlain (used). Attendance: 101.

Mike Hawes is new boss

MIKE Hawes has been appointed first-team manager of Wellington AFC for the 2013-14 season.

A statement issued by the club this week said: "Mike – who is currently Secretary at Chard Town AFC – joins us at the end of the current campaign and brings with him a wealth of footballing knowledge and experience in both operational and administrative terms.

"We hope that Kevin Hazeldine and Scott Holland (interim managers) will remain part of the First Team management structure and a further announcement will be made in this respect in due course."

Hawes is a former Wellington player and has also managed the club's Reserves.

As well as being Chard Town's secretary, he has also managed the club's under-18s this season.

Goalless draw ends losing run

WELLINGTON completed their home programme with a hard-earned goalless draw with fellow strugglers Westbury United at the Playing Field yesterday.

Playing their fourth game in only eight days, another spirited display ensured they ended a run of defeats and set them up well for three away games to finish the season.

Both sides had their chances in an entertaining first half with Wellington striker Max Westlake coming closest to scoring after 20 minutes.

He was played in by strike partner Jamie Dingle – a constant nuisance to the Westbury defence – but his shot was pushed on to the post by keeper Lewis Porter.

Before that, Dingle shot over from a good position while Westbury’s Mark Young fired wide after racing clear under pressure from home skipper Scott Holland.

The second half saw fewer chances but the best of them fell to the visitors after 64 minutes when a cross Mark Young left Kieron Kiff with a free header in front of goal only for him to miss the target when it looked easier to score.

At the other end, the hard-working Dingle shot just wide and the game ended in stalemate despite the home side using three subs in an effort to make the breakthrough.

The clean sheet, Wellington’s first since February, meant they had conceded only three goals in three games compared with 12 in their previous two.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Luke Bryant, Martin White, Scott Holland, Tom Ellis, Conor Bryant, Nicky Ford, Andy Butler, Max Adams, Max Westlake, Jamie Dingle. Substitutes: Luke Redrup, Sam Bryant, James Garrad (used); Joe Holmes, Andy Butler (not used). Attendance: 44.

Wellington have a tough game on Wednesday when they travel to take on second-placed Sherborne Town (7.30pm).

Another encouraging display

WELLINGTON gave promotion-chasing Bradford Town a run for their money before going down to a 1-0 defeat at the Playing Field last night.

Despite playing their second game in only three days, the young side more than matched their high-riding opponents but were sunk by a spectacular goal out of nothing late in the first half.

There seemed little danger as a loose ball bounced in front of Bradford sub Shaun Percival almost 30 yards out but he produced a huge up-and-under which sailed over keeper Jake Viney and then dropped like a stone into the back of the net.

It was a tough blow for a Wellington team looking to end their run of defeats and they were then unable to get the breakthrough their untiring efforts deserved.

Before the visitors went ahead, midfielder Mark Clunie produced a flying save out of Bradford keeper Charlie Heydon with a thunderous volley while, in the second half, Wellington’s best effort was a looping header from sub Joe Chamberlain, which dropped just wide.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Luke Bryant, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, James Garrad, Conor Bryant, Mark Clunie, Nicky Ford, Jack Bryant, Max Westlake, Jamie Dingle. Substitutes: Joe Chamberlain (used); Jamie Fleet and Sam Williamson (not used). Match sponsor: AIS Cleaning. Attendance: 35.

Wellington complete their home games with a match against Westbury United on Saturday (3pm) and then end the season with three away games, starting at leaders Sherborne Town next Wednesday.

Battling Welly deserved a point

WELLINGTON’S run of defeats continued as they went down 2-0 away to Almondsbury UWE in Bristol last night (Tuesday).

But their much-changed side gave an improved performance and were unfortunate not to come away with a share of the spoils.

After conceding 12 goals in their previous two matches, Wellington adopted a new formation which included welcoming back skipper Scott Holland from holiday and pushing defender Jack Adams into central midfield.

Despite a bright start by the visitors, Almondsbury went ahead in the 16th minute when midfielder Jordan Conner burst through to shoot past keeper Callum O’Brien.

And, just after the half-hour, striker Jordan Rogers put O’Brien under pressure to scramble the ball over the line and double the home side’s advantage.

In between, Adams almost drew level when he ghosted in at the far post from a long throw by Tom Ellis but headed just wide.

After the break, Wellington stepped up a gear and restricted Almondsbury to a handful of long-range efforts.

At the other end, youngsters Luke Redrup and Ellis both forced smart saves out of keeper James Smith but the hard-working visitors travelled back down the M5 empty-handed.

Wellington: Callum O’Brien, Luke Bryant, Scott Holland, Martin White, Tom Ellis, Joe Chamberlain, Andy Butler, Jack Adams, Luke Redrup, James Garrad, Jamie Dingle. Substitutes: Conor Bryant and Joe Conway (used); Jack Bryant (not used). Attendance: 31.

Wellington are in action again tomorrow (Thursday) when they entertain promotion hopefuls Bradford Town at the Playing Field (7.30pm) and then complete their home programme against Westbury United on Saturday (3pm).

Welly sunk in the mud

WELLINGTON’S young side suffered their third defeat in eight days as they went down 5-2 at home to Warminster Town at a rain-sodden Playing Field yesterday (Saturday).

In heavy conditions, they again put up a spirited effort against more experienced opponents but were chasing the game from the moment they fell behind after only three minutes.

Warminster striker Louis Sparey pounced to net after keeper Callum O’Brien – playing his first game since early in the season – failed to clear a back-pass.

And it got worse for the home side midway through the half when the ball was played forward for Sparey to double the Warminster lead with a clinical finish.

Wellington pulled a goal back shortly afterwards, striker Jamie Dingle netting his second goal in four days from a Luke Redrup pull-back, but the visitors restored their two-goal advantage on the half-hour as Kurt Hammonds drilled low past O’Brien.

Again Wellington refused to lie down and Redrup made it 3-2 by volleying home a Max Westlake cross only for Warminster to score again almost straight from the re-start with Lewis Graham running on to a through ball to net.

Wellington manager Kevin Hazeldine made a double substitution at half-time in an effort to get back into the game but Warminster, who have rejoined the league this season after an absence of ten years, made it 5-2 after 55 minutes from a Paul Farrell header.

That proved to be the final goal as both sides toiled in the mud to no further avail with Wellington now facing a run of three games in only five days, starting at Almondsbury UWE on Tuesday.

Wellington: Callum O’Brien, Nicky Ford, Martin White, Tom Ellis, Jack Adams, Max Westlake, Sam Bryant, Andy Butler, Joe Chamberlain, Luke Redrup, Jamie Dingle. Substitutes: Luke Bryant, James Garrad and Conor Bryant (used); Jack Bryant (not used). Attendance: 48.

Wellington 2 7 Oldland Abbotonians

Our new look young side put in another great shift in the rain at the Playing Field last night, but a more experienced and robust Oldland side were worthy winners by a five goal margin.

Both Mark Clunie and Nicky Ford tested Oldland keeper Shane Mason early on and he knew he made two good saves, but slick first half play saw Oldland go into the break 5-0 up as Tom Morgan, Luke Bryan and Jason Thatcher scored from close range.

We rallied as Jamie Dingle scored early in the second half and Sam Bryant further reduced the arrears, but Oldland scored two more between these strikes through Mason Evans and their skipper Rob Smith.

Att - 37

Late goal sinks brave youngsters

WELLINGTON’S youngsters were desperately unlucky to go down to a 2-1 defeat away to bottom club Shrewton United yesterday (Saturday).

With a string of players unable to make the trip to Wiltshire, they only had the bare 11 with an average age of just under 19 – ranging from 16-year-old winger Jack Bryant to the “old man” of the team, skipper Joe Holmes who has just turned 23.

The line-up included the three Bryant brothers – Sam, Conor and Jack – as well as 17-year-old central defender Aaron Hawkings, who was making his first-team debut.

And when they fell behind after only five minutes, the writing looked on the wall for such an inexperienced team.

Shrewton, who are fighting for their Toolstation lives, got the best possible start as a long kick from keeper Chris Brewer was headed on for striker Mike Brownless to run on and lob Brewer’s opposite number Jake Viney.

But the talented Wellington youngsters refused to let the setback affect them and drew level ten minutes later when Max Westlake pulled the ball back and midfielder Nicky Ford gave Brewer no chance with the sweetest of shots from just outside the box.

From that point onwards, chances were few and far between with the bumpy Shrewton pitch not helping matters.

Wellington more than matched their senior opponents and almost went ahead after 82 minutes when a downward header from defender Tom Ellis was headed off the line by a defender.

Despite his tender years, Ellis had marshalled the makeshift defence superbly but their hard work was to no avail as Shrewton snatched the winner with five minutes remaining.

Striker Dean Foot, a prolific scorer for many years, got in a cross from the right and Brownless nipped ahead of his marker to head past the helpless Viney.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Conor Bryant, Tom Ellis, Aaron Hawkings, Joe Chamberlain, Max Westlake, Joe Holmes, Nicky Ford, Jack Bryant, Luke Redrup, Sam Bryant. Attendance: 21. 

Get your Dinner and Dance tickets!

WELLINGTON AFC is gearing up to mark the end of the season with a special night next month.

The annual Dinner and Dance takes place in the clubhouse on Friday, May 10th - less than a week after both the first-team and reserves complete the campaign.

As well as the usual meal and disco, a range of presentations will be made to the firsts, reserves and ladies plus the Brown Rosebowl to our Clubperson of the Year.

Tickets, costing £17.50, can be obtained from Reg Oxby at the club or by ringing him on 07976-617427.

Hazeldine and Holland take charge

WELLINGTON AFC have announced that Kevin Hazeldine and Scott Holland are to take charge of the club’s first-team for the rest of the 2012-13 season.

 

Hazeldine ran Wellington Reserves from summer, 2011, until early December that year and was first team assistant manager from December, 2011, until September, 2012, while Holland is club captain and has been a long-serving defender.

 

The pair took charge of the side following the recent decision of manager Jamie Ward to take over at Tiverton Town, where he has been joined by assistant boss Paul Short.

 

Hazeldine and Holland ran team matters over the Easter weekend, which saw Wellington win 3-2 at Elmore on Good Friday and then lose 5-2 at home to Sherborne on Easter Monday.

 

A club spokesman said: “Thanks are expressed to both Kevin and Scott for seeing us through the busy holiday period and also now that they are prepared to bring stability in this respect for the rest of the season.

 

“We hope everyone will give them the fullest support as we close out the current campaign.”

 

Welly go down to promotion hopefuls

WELLINGTON failed to build on their impressive Good Friday victory at Elmore as they went down 5-2 at home to promotion-chasing Sherborne Town today.

With manager Jamie Ward having departed for Tiverton Town, the team were again run by skipper Scott Holland and former assistant boss Kevin Hazeldine but this time they were outclassed by a side who look destined for premier football next season.

Sherborne went ahead after 16 minutes when the ball was played over the top with the home defence appealing in vain for offside and Tony Cunningham beat Jake Viney in a race to the ball before stroking it into the net.

The visitors increased their lead just before the half-hour as a long throw was headed on and Sam Jarman gave Viney no chance with a well-placed header.

Wellington’s cause was not helped by the fact that Viney was bravely playing on despite a foot injury and he could do nothing to prevent Sherborne sealing victory with a hat-trick of headers early in the second half.

The impressive Cunningham, defender James Thompson and then Cunningham again – to complete his hat-trick – left Wellington on the ropes at 5-0 down by the 57th minute.

But to their credit, the home team’s youngsters refused to lie down and pulled a goal back after 64th minute as Tom Ellis headed home a Joe Holmes corner.

They pulled another goal back 11 minutes later when substitute Jamie Fleet was bundled over by Ben Cockrane and Holmes stroked home the resulting spot kick.

But Wellington were unable to make further inroads into the deficit as Sherborne maintained the pressure on leaders Hengrove and second-placed Bradford Town.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Martin White, Joe Chamberlain, Conor Bryant, Joe Holmes, Nicky Ford, Max Westlake, Leon Taswell, Sam Bryant. Substitutes: Jack Bryant and Jamie Fleet (both used). Match sponsor: Yew Tree Facia Company. Attendance: 53.

Excellent win for re-shaped Welly

WELLINGTON began life after manager Jamie Ward with a morale-boosting 3-1 victory in a Good Friday local derby at Elmore.

Ward had left the club two days earlier to take over at Evo-Stick Southern League side Tiverton Town and, to make matters worse, Wellington were without a string of players either unavailable or injured.

But their re-shaped side – including three players from the successful Reserves – turned in an excellent all-round display and were good value for the win.

Wellington started brightly but it was Elmore who went ahead after 18 minutes as striker James Blake took advantage of some slack defending to run on and shoot past keeper Jake Viney.

The visitors were unlucky not to get on terms ten minutes later when young Jamie Fleet, playing up front, lobbed keeper Joe Moore but defender James Skinner got back to clear the danger.

However, they were not to be denied and drew level seven minutes before the break as some neat play by Sam Bryant saw him feed Max Westlake who scored with 25-yard low drive.

That boosted Wellington’s confidence and they went on to boss the second half, taking the lead after 57 minutes through midfielder Nicky Ford, who capped a fine display with a precise finish from wide-out after Moore had denied Bryant.

Although Viney saved well from Blake, who also saw a shot thump against the bar late-on, Wellington made the game virtually safe after 65 minutes.

It was pure “route one” as a massive clearance from Viney sailed over the home defence and Bryant ran on to give Moore no chance with a first-time volley.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Martin White, Jack Adams, Connor Bryant, Joe Holmes, Nicky Ford, Max Westlake, Sam Bryant, Jamie Fleet. Substitutes: Jack Bryant and Matt Francis (used); Andy Butler (not used). Attendance: 62.

Odd-goal defeat in Ward's last game

JAMIE Ward ended his seven-month reign as Wellington manager with a 3-2 defeat by Roman Glass St George at a snow-shrouded Playing Field last night (Wednesday).

Ward was in charge of the side for the final time before taking over at Evo-Stick Southern League club Tiverton Town where he will be joined by his assistant Paul Short.

With most of the game played in a blizzard, Wellington fought back after going 3-0 down in the first half but were unable to send Ward off on a winning note.

Roman Glass went ahead after nine minutes as striker Andrew Hamilton-Dunn got in behind the home defence to beat on-rushing keeper Sam Williamson, playing in place of the suspended Jake Viney.

The game marked the return of Wellington’s leading scorer Leon Taswell – out of action since November during which time he has had a knee operation – and he twice went close to scoring, either side of the visitors’ opener.

But Roman Glass then took control of the game with two more goals – Jamie Johnson scoring from a long-range free-kick after 32 minutes and Scott Johnson curling home a shot on the turn eight minutes later.

Wellington pulled a goal back just before the break when Luke Redrup found Kyle Bassett and the lively striker cut inside before driving low past keeper Simon Venn.

A remarkable 97-second injury-time hat-trick had given Roman Glass an unexpected 4-3 win over Wellington in October and, when Andy Butler’s stinging free-kick made it 3-2 after 70 minutes, it looked like revenge might be on the cards.

However, despite throwing on all three substitutes, Ward’s side were unable to trouble Venn further and finished the game empty-handed.

Wellington: Sam Williamson, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Ed Weeks, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Andy Butler, Joe Holmes, Luke Redrup, Leon Taswell, Kyle Bassett. Substitutes: Darren Rice, Max Westlake and Corey Lewis (all used). Match sponsor: Redrow Homes. Attendance: 35.

Hunt starts for new manager

WELLINGTON AFC are looking for a new first-team manager after it was announced that Jamie Ward is taking charge of Tiverton Town.

He will move to the Evo-Stick Southern League club after Wellington’s home game against Roman Glass St George tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be joined by his assistant Paul Short.

Club chairman Mike Hall said: “We are very disappointed to be losing Jamie and Paul as they have done an excellent job since taking over in September.

“They were brought in with the aim of taking us out of the relegation zone and have achieved this so we must thank them for their efforts.

“The committee hopes to have interim arrangements in place shortly and will make an announcement as soon as we can.”

Ward, a former player with Yeovil Town and Taunton Town, joined Wellington after the sacking of Colin Merrick, having successfully managed Taunton Town Under 18s.

He was joined by Short, previously assistant manager of Taunton Town’s first team.

At Tiverton Town, they will replace Mark Saunders and Hedley Steele, who stepped down last week.

Remaining first-team fixtures

WITH Saturday's postponed game at Hengrove already re-scheduled, our remaining Toolstation fixtures are now all in place as follows:

Wed March 27th - Roman Glass St George (home 7.30pm)

Fri March 29th - Elmore (away 3pm)

Mon April 1st - Sherborne (home 3pm)

Sat April 6th - Shrewton (away 3pm)

Wed April 10th - Oldland Abbotonians (home 7.30pm)

Sat April 13th - Warminster (home 3pm)

Tue April 16th - Almondsbury UWE (away 7.30pm)

Thu April 18th - Bradford Town (home 7.30pm)

Sat April 20th - Westbury United (home 3pm)

Wed April 24th - Sherborne (away 7.30pm)

Sat April 27th - Oldland Abbotonians (away 3pm)

Sat May 4th - Hengrove (away 3pm)

Another blank Saturday

IT'S another weekend washout for our senior sides with both first and reserve team matches called off this morning because of waterlogged pitches.

First casualty was Jamie Ward's side's visit to Toolstation Division One leaders Hengrove Athletic.

Shortly afterwards, the second team's Devon and Exeter fixture at the Playing Field against Tiverton Town Reserves also fell victim to the recent heavy rain.

Both games will now have to be re-arranged before the end of April ... it's going to be a busy month!

Wellington foiled by the weather

THE weather was the winner at the Playing Field today as Wellington’s game against promotion-chasing Bradford Town was abandoned at half-time with the home side leading 3-2.

Looking to avenge a controversial 2-1 defeat at Bradford only a fortnight earlier, Wellington got off to a flying start in torrential rain and hail by scoring twice in the first nine minutes.

Manager Jamie Ward drafted in Bridgwater Town players Ross McNab and Tim Legg after their game was called off and it was McNab who opened the scoring after only three minutes, rising to head home a pinpoint cross by Kyle Bassett.

Six minutes later it was 2-0 as youngster Luke Redrup played the ball over the top of the Bradford defence and Bassett coolly lobbed keeper Charlie Heydon.

With conditions worsening as the half progressed, Bradford pulled a goal back after 21 minutes through Sam Jordan although Wellington quickly restored their two goal advantage when McNab ran on to a ball out of defence to produce another clinical finish.

To their credit, both sides continued to play some decent football and Bradford made it 3-2 nine minutes before the break when a low shot reached Jordan, who poked the ball home from close range.

However, at half-time the referee, Mr Kevin Williams, decided the pitch had become unplayable and brought proceedings to a premature halt.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Ed Weeks, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Joe Holmes, Tim Legg, Luke Redrup, Kyle Bassett, Ross McNab. Substitutes: Max Westlake, Leon Taswell, Jamie Short, Darren Rice (not used). Match sponsor: AIS Cleaning. Attendance: 45.

Firsts beaten in Wiltshire

WELLINGTON went down to defeat in Wiltshire for the second successive Saturday as they lost 3-0 away to Corsham Town today.

While they were controversially beaten 2-1 at Bradford Town the previous weekend – losing to a disputed penalty – this time the margin of defeat was more comprehensive.

Wellington started brightly with Corey Lewis, restored in attack, looking particularly lively but they fell behind to a goal out of the top drawer after 15 minutes.

Corsham were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out and Dan King gave keeper Jake Viney no chance with one of the best-executed dead ball efforts you’re likely to see.

Wellington had a couple of good chances to equalise when both Lewis and Nicky Ford were left with only the keeper to beat but were unable to net.

At the other end, the excellent Viney pulled off a couple of smart stops before the home side increased their lead seven minutes before the break.

A clearance from Viney reached Corsham’s Nick Holton in midfield and, when he played the ball forward to Booker Woodford, the striker skipped inside before scoring with a powerful drive.

That left Wellington with a mountain to climb and they could not claw their way back into the game after the break.

Corsham substitute Jamal Chevellou saw a shot smack against the bar before making the points safe with his side’s third goal with four minutes remaining – breaking clear to poke the ball past the onrushing Viney.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Ed Weeks, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Tom Hopkins, Joe Holmes, Darren Rice, Corey Lewis, Kyle Bassett. Substitute: Max Westlake (used). Attendance: 68.

 

Late penalty ends unbeaten run

WELLINGTON’S four-match unbeaten run ended in controversial circumstances as they went down 2-1 away to promotion-chasing Bradford Town today.

Jamie Ward’s resurgent side were leading 1-0 with 15 minutes to go but returned from Wiltshire empty-handed thanks to two late goals – the second being a penalty which saw keeper Jake Viney sent off.

Bradford, who moved up to second in the table courtesy of the win, created the better chances in the first half but it was Wellington who led 1-0 at the break.

They made the breakthrough after 38 minutes when Joe Holmes drove in a free-kick from the corner of the box and his fellow midfielder Andy Butler rose unchallenged to head home.

Wellington could have increased their lead in the second half as they were twice left with one-on-ones with home keeper Nick Gingell but Luke Redrup’s effort was cleared by a defender and strike partner Kyle Bassett was thwarted by Gingell himself.

And Bradford drew level with 15 minutes remaining when the ball was headed on to substitute Matt Minnis, who gave Viney no chance with a sweetly-struck volley.

Four minutes later came the game’s pivotal moment as Minnis was played clear, lobbed Viney who got a hand to the ball but – when the substitute went to ground afterwards – referee Sam Fudge pointed to the spot and showed Viney a red card.

Central defender Martin White took over the gloves but was powerless to stop Liam Milburn’s penalty, which gave Bradford the points.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Martin White, Scott Holland, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Andy Butler, Joe Holmes, Darren Rice, Luke Redrup, Kyle Bassett. Substitutes: Max Westlake (used) and Corey Lewis (not used). Attendance: 59.

Another excellent victory

WELLINGTON’S climb away from the bottom of the table is turning into a climb towards mid-table as they stretched their unbeaten run to four matches with a 2-0 victory over Portishead at the Playing Field tonight.

Despite playing their sixth game in only 19 days, Jamie Ward’s side continued their resurgence and made it 13 points out of a possible 18 in that busy spell.

Particularly pleasing is the way they have tightened up defensively and another clean sheet meant they have only conceded four goals in their last half-dozen fixtures – having shipped 13 in the three matches before them.

Wellington went ahead midway through the first half when Joe Holmes, recalled in midfield, played the ball over the top of the Portishead defence for striker Kyle Bassett to run on and coolly lob keeper Mike Bawn.

The home side’s defensive qualities were typified just before the break when a cross found the visitors’ Sam Trueman in a dangerous position but youngster Tom Ellis produced a last gasp-block.

And that proved to be the closest Portishead came to reducing the arrears as they failed to trouble home keeper Jake Viney in the second half.

Indeed, it was Wellington who had the final say in the dying minutes with Darren Rice sending substitute Corey Lewis racing clear to produce a clinical finish past Bawn.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Martin White, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Andy Butler, Joe Holmes, Darren Rice, Kyle Bassett, Luke Redrup. Substitutes: Corey Lewis and Max Westlake (used); Joe Chamberlain (not used). Match sponsor: Tonegate Motors. Attendance: 41.

 

Wellington extend unbeaten run

WELLINGTON extended their unbeaten run to three matches with a 1-1 draw with Almondsbury UWE at the Playing Field today.

And although they were unable to complete a hat-trick of victories, they will have been heartened to have moved another place away from the foot of the table – leapfrogging Warminster who lost 3-1 at home to Bradford Town.

Jamie Ward’s side – looking to build on fine wins away to Calne and at home to Cribbs Friends Life – got off to a flying start by taking the lead after only four minutes.

Striker Corey Lewis pounced on a loose ball and brought it under control before drilling a low shot past keeper Chris Coles and just inside the post.

There was never much to choose between the sides for the rest of the first half on a tricky surface although Wellington should have increased their lead just before the break when Lewis cleverly played in strike partner Kyle Bassett but he was denied by Coles.

Almondsbury equalised after 64 minutes when home defender Jack Adams upended Simon McElroy, who picked himself up to send keeper Jake Viney the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Wellington had the better chances to score the winner with the hard-working Bassett firing a close-range scissor-kick wide of the target and then being denied by a last-gasp block when he looked certain to score.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Tim Legg, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Ollie Chamberlain, Tom Hopkins, Luke Redrup, Corey Lewis, Kyle Bassett. Substitutes: Darren Rice and Joe Holmes (used); Max Westlake and Sam Winslade (not used). Match sponsor: Monument Mini Cabs. Attendance: 45.

Another fine win for Welly

WELLINGTON continued their resurgence under manager Jamie Ward with a second cracking win in five days at the Playing Field tonight.

The 2-1 victory over Cribbs Friends Life gave them quick revenge for their 1-0 defeat by the league newcomers only a week earlier.

It was a similar game to the recent meeting of the teams in Bristol – played at a high tempo with chances few and far between.

Wellington keeper Jake Viney, who has been a superb acquisition, kept the scoreline blank with a spectacular flying save from Cribbs’ Jordan Yeo after 40 minutes but Yeo was not to be denied and put the visitors ahead just before the interval.

A free-kick played into the area was headed on by Mitch Cavanagh and Yeo waited for the ball to drop before looping his shot into the net.

Wellington, who worked so hard in their 2-0 victory at Calne last Saturday, maintained the momentum to take a grip on the game with two goals in four minutes after the break.

They drew level after 66 minutes when a scintillating run by Corey Lewis ended with the striker being brought down just outside the area and defender Jack Adams stepped up to fire the resulting free-kick low past keeper Matt Turner.

Shortly afterwards it was 2-1 as the ball was swung out to young Luke Redrup on the left and his low cross was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Kavanagh.

That seemed to take the wind out of Cribbs’ sails as Wellington, who again defended well, kept them comfortably at bay and indeed almost increased their lead further when Kyle Bassett was put clear with five minutes left but shot wide of the target.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Tim Legg, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Andy Butler, Ollie Chamberlain, Luke Redrup, Kyle Bassett, Corey Lewis. Substitutes: Joe Holmes and Max Westlake (used); Martin White (not used). Match sponsor: Walford Security. Attendance: 48.

Cracking win in Wiltshire

WELLINGTON climbed another place from the bottom of the Toolstation division one table courtesy of an excellent 2-0 victory at Calne Town today.

It ended a run of three successive away defeats and was richly deserved after a superb all-round team display.

Neither side created a clearcut chance in the goalless first half on Calne’s pudding of a pitch although Wellington demonstrated the neat passing game which has become a trademark of their football under manager Jamie Ward.

And the visitors got off to a flying start after the break by taking the lead as a flowing move ended with striker Corey Lewis firing in a shot which keeper Steve Allison could only parry on to the far post and into the net.

That goal sparked Calne into life and they almost equalised five minutes later when Jon Davolle lifted the ball over the bar from close range.

But it proved to be their only serious effort on goal with the Wellington back four of Tom Ellis, Tim Legg, Martin White and Jack Adams – with keeper Jake Viney behind them – fending off all advances.

Indeed Wellington increased their lead – and sealed victory – six minutes from time as a corner by substitute Joe Holmes was punched into his own net by luckless keeper Allison.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Tom Ellis, Martin White, Tim Legg, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Ollie Chamberlain, Andy Butler, Luke Redrup, Corey Lewis, Kyle Bassett. Substitutes: Scott Holland, Joe Holmes and Max Westlake (all used). Attendance: 52.

Long trip for first team

WELLINGTON face one of their longest trips of the season tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel into Wiltshire to take on Calne Town in the Toolstation first divison.

Jamie Ward's side picked up a valuable 3-1 home win over Welton Rovers last Saturday but then went down 1-0 at league newcomers Cribbs Friends Life on Tuesday night.

After Calne, Wellington then have a chance of swift revenge for their midweek defeat as Cribbs Friends Life are the visitors to the Playing Field on Wednesday, kick off 7.30pm.

Unlucky defeat in Bristol

WELLINGTON were desperately unlucky to return down the M5 empty handed after a 1-0 defeat away to Toolstation newcomers Cribbs Friends Life last night (Tuesday).

The Bristol side, who have done well in their debut season, went ahead in the first half but the visitors dominated proceedings after the break and deserved at least a point for their efforts.

After a tentative opening, the game burst into life midway through the first half with both sides seeing goalbound shots cleared by defenders.

The breakthrough came on the half-hour when a Cribbs corner was swung over from the right and defender Tim O’Loughlin rose unchallenged to head home.

That lapse in concentration cost Wellington dear as it proved to be the only goal of the game despite their second-half superiority.

Redrup, whose pace caused Cribbs all sorts of problems, the impressive Kyle Bassett and midfielder Andy Butler all went close to equalising.

And, when the visitors did scramble the ball into the net in injury-time, the referee’s assistant had his flag raised for offside.

Wellington also had three appeals for penalties turned down – the loudest when striker Corey Lewis was bundled over – but it just wasn’t to be their night.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Ed Weeks, Martin White, Scott Holland, Jack Adams, Kyle Bassett, Andy Butler, Joe Holmes, Joe Chamberlain, Corey Lewis, Ross McNab. Substitutes: Luke Redrup, Tom Ellis and Max Westlake (all used). Attendance: 30.

First team in action tonight

WITH the matches now coming thick and fast after so many cancellations, Wellington are in action again tonight (Tuesday) with a trip up the M5 to Bristol.

We are playing Cribbs Friends Life, who are newcomers to the Toolstation Western League, in a game kicking off at 7.30pm.

Jamie Ward's side will be looking to build on their excellent 3-1 home win over Welton Rovers last Saturday and continue their climb away from the foot of the division one table.

Ironically the sides meet again quickly in a midweek fixture as Cribbs are visiting the Playing Field next Wednesday, February 20th, also with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Sandwiched in between, Wellington have a long trip into Wiltshire on Saturday to take on Calne Town.

For those staying at home at the weekend, Wellington Reserves entertain Sidbury United, kick-off 3pm.

Hat-trick of home wins

WELLINGTON climbed back out of the first division relegation zone with their third successive win at the Playing Field today - beating Welton Rovers 3-1.

Despite the heavy pitch, it was an entertaining game and Wellington can be well pleased with three valuable points as they moved towards safety – with games in hand on the clubs above them.

Both sides had chances early on but it was the home side who went ahead after 33 minutes in controversial circumstances.

Striker Corey Lewis cut inside from the right and his cross-shot was headed home at the far post by Joe Chamberlain with Welton appealing in vain for offside and two of their players getting booked in the process.

Wellington increased their lead eight minutes after the interval as Joe Holmes, recalled in midfield, swung over a corner from the left and their outstanding skipper Scott Holland rose to score with a thumping header.

That was the signal for Jamie Ward’s side to create a number of openings but they came up against a visiting keeper, Dan Tamblyn, who was in excellent form as he kept his side in the game with a string of fine stops.

Indeed, the visitors set up a tight finish by pulling a goal back five minutes from time as Ryan Gay scored with a low shot on the turn.

However, as they threw men forward in search of an equaliser, it was Wellington who sealed victory in injury time, the impressive Kyle Bassett running on to a clearance from keeper Jake Viney and rounding Tamblyn for their third goal.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Ed Weeks, Tim Legg, Scott Holland, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Andy Butler, Joe Holmes, Joe Chamberlain, Corey Lewis, Kyle Bassett. Substititues: Max Westlake, Luke Redrup and Martin White (used); Tom Ellis (not used). Attendance: 45. Match sponsor: Blackdown MoT.

First team suffer away defeat

WELLINGTON slipped back into the Toolstation first division relegation zone after a 5-2 defeat on the artificial pitch at Keynsham Town today.

There were no signs of things to come as Jamie Ward’s side made a positive start and seemed to have adapted well to the unusual surface.

But they were unable to capitalise on their bright opening and returned home empty handed as Devizes Town leapfrogged over them near the foot of the table - although Wellington have games in hand on the sides above them.

Despite having played only twice in January, Wellington played some good football early on only for Keynsham to go ahead thanks to a stooping header by Scott Brain.

But they refused to let that knock them out of their stride and drew level after ten minutes as defender Jack Adams curled a free-kick around the wall and into the net.

Wellington seemed to lose their way as the half wore on and fell behind in the 26th minute when a clearance was headed straight back to striker Wayne Morris, who skipped passed a defender before shooting low past keeper Jake Viney.

The visitors were still very much in the game but, eight minutes into the second half, Adams turned from hero to villain as he fouled winger Fabian McCarthy just inside the edge of the box and Rob Sheriton thumped home the resulting penalty.

Keynsham virtually sealed the points on the hour with a virtual replica of their first goal as this time Rich Healey stooped to help Seb Spiller’s free-kick past Viney.

To their credit, Wellington refused to lie down and made it 4-2 with five minutes remaining as Tim Legg played in striker Corey Lewis to produce a clinical finish.

But Keynsham had the final say in injury time with man-of-the-match Morris lifting a cross from the left into the roof of the net.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Nicky Ford, Scott Holland, Ed Weeks, Jack Adams, Max Westlake, Darren Rice, Tim Legg, Luke Redrup, Corey Lewis, Kyle Bassett. Substitutes: Joe Holmes, Joe Chamberlain and Martin White (all used).

Latest fixture update

THIS match - the latest to be postponed due to the weather - is now set for Wednesday 27th March and will kick off at 7.30pm.

Click here to see our full results and fixtures:

http/football.mitoo.co.uk/TeamHist.cfm?CI=4389&DivisionID=5200&TblName=Matches&LeagueCode=SDWFL2012

First-team match off tomorrow (Saturday)

YET another weather-hit week has meant yet another cancellation for Wellington AFC.

Heavy snow - now followed by torrential rain - saw an early decision on whether the home game against Roman Glass St George tomorrow (Saturday) should go ahead.

The Playing Field pitch is completely unplayable and so we find ourselves with yet another match to fit in before the end of the season.

The only consolation is that all of our other fixtures postponed since December have already been re-scheduled ... watch this space for the new date of the Roman Glass game.

With the Reserves not having a game tomorrow, it means another completely blank day for our senior sides ... nightmare!

Match at Sherborne is OFF

SURPRISE SURPRISE ... tonight's first-team game at Sherborne has been called off.

The match was the last surviving fixture in the evening's Toolstation League programme but has now fallen victim to the heavy snow.

It will mean another fixture to fit in before the end of the season although thankfully all the games cancelled so far have now been re-arranged with Sherborne away now set for Wednesday, 24th April, at 7.30pm

Fingers crossed for a change in the weather as the week progresses ... we are due to be home to Roman Glass St George on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.

Click here to see our full results and fixtures:

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First-team in midweek action

AFTER another blank weekend, this time caused by snow rather than rain, Wellington are looking to get back into action in midweek when they travel to play Sherborne on Wednesday (7.30pm).

The latest game to fall victim to the weather was the home fixture against Oldland Abbotonians yesterday.

However, this has been speedily re-arranged and will now be played on Wednesday, April 10th.

Wellington's Toolstation League programme is now completely revised until the end of the season and the remaining fixtures can be viewed by clicking here http://football.mitoo.co.uk/TeamHist.cfm?CI=4389&DivisionID=5200&TblName=Matches&LeagueCode=SDWFL2012

First game is snowed off

HARDLY any surprise after today's heavy snowfall ... but the first team's match at home to Oldland Abbotonians tomorrow (Saturday) is OFF.

With the Playing Field pitch covered in snow - and more forecast overnight - an early decision became inevitable as the day wore on and nearly every other game in the Toolstation League is also cancelled already.

That means another match to fit into a busy second half of the season after rain caused a succession of cancellations over Christmas and the New Year.

The first-team will be looking for an improvement in the weather by midweek as we are scheduled to play away to Sherborne Town on Wednesday (7.30pm).

Then, we are due to be at home to Roman Glass St George next Saturday, January 26th (3pm).

Fingers crossed!!!

Vital home victory

WELLINGTON returned to home action after a lengthy lay-off with a much-needed 4-3 victory over neighbours Elmore in the Toolstation first division tonight.

Jamie Ward’s side had not played at the Playing Field for more than a month but led throughout an incident-packed contest to pick up three valuable points and climb another place away from the bottom of the table.

They got off to a flying start with two goals in the opening 15 minutes, striker Corey Lewis showing great strength before shooting them ahead after only two minutes and then Luke Redrup increasing their lead with a fierce drive shortly afterwards.

But Elmore set the pattern of a game they were always chasing by pulling a goal back on 20 minutes, James Blake converting the rebound after Matt Harvey’s shot came back off the post.

Wellington restored their two-goal advantage six minutes later with a sweetly-struck half-volley by midfielder Darren Rice only for Elmore to make it 3-2 on the half-hour as Tom Kelly ghosted in at the far post to net.

A highly entertaining first half was marred three minutes before the break when Kelly lunged in on Wellington’s Jamie Short and was shown a straight red card for the challenge.

That left the visitors, who are moving to the Peninsular League at the end of the season, with a mountain to climb – made even harder when a Redrup cross-shot ended up in the net with the help of a deflection after 65 minutes.

But yet again the visitors refused to lie down and skipper Darren Veal made it 4-3 after a corner to set up a tense finish with Wellington closing the game out.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Nicky Ford, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Jack Adams, Jamie Short, Darren Rice, Tom Hopkins, Luke Redrup, Kyle Bassett, Corey Lewis. Substitutes: Joe Chamberlain and Max Westlake (used); Jamie Dingle and Joe Holmes (not used). Attendance: 50. Match sponsor: SP Services.

 

Midweek home action for firsts

WELLINGTON are looking to get back into action with a midweek home game against Elmore tomorrow night (Wednesday, 7.30pm).

The match was originally scheduled for Boxing Day but, like so many fixtures in recent weeks, it fell victim to the torrential rain which has waterlogged pitches.

Wellington’s last home game was way back on December 8th when we thumped Shrewton United 6-1 to move off the bottom of the table.

With so many cancellations over the past month or so, the games come thick and fast now with both firsts and reserves playing catch-up.

The first-team are home again this Saturday when Oldland Abbotonians are the visitors (3pm) and then have a midweek trip to take on Sherborne Town on Wednesday, January 23rd (7.30pm).

To see the remaining first-team fixtures, click here

http://www.football.mitoo.co.uk/TeamHist.cfm?CI=4389&DivisionID=5200&TblName=Matches&LeagueCode=SDWFL2012

Welly lose in Wiltshire

WELLINGTON returned from their long weather-enforced layoff to crash to a 5-1 defeat away to Devizes Town today.

Jamie Ward's side had seen all three of their home games over the Christmas and New Year period called off because of a waterlogged Playing Field pitch.

And they were undoubtedly rusty against their fellow strugglers as they fell behind in the first half and went in at the break trailing 4-0.

Although Scott Holland gave them some hope by making it 4-1 in the second half, it proved too big a mountain to climb and, to make matters worse, Devizes added a fifth goal before the final whistle.

Wellington will be looking to put the result behind them when they entertain Portishead next Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.

New Year's Day game is OFF

WELLINGTON first-team's New Year's Day game at Sherborne has become the latest victim of the weather.

It was called off this afternoon (Monday) and will now join the many fixtures needing to be re-arranged.

So far, our re-arranged games are as follows:

Wednesday 16th January v Elmore (h) 7.30pm

Saturday 9th February v Welton Rovers (h) 3pm

Wednesday 13th February v Cribbs Friends Life (a) 7.30pm

Wednesday 20th February v Cribbs Friends Life (h) 7.30pm

Tuesday 16th April v Almondsbury UWE (a) 7.30pm

Wellington P P Welton Rovers

Our 1st XI home game with Welton Rovers in Division One of the Western League is another victim of the weather that has seen our entire Christmas match schedule wiped out as is the case league wide once more with the match between Keynsham and Sherborne in our section being the only one still on at the time of writing - the entire Premier Division is off.

A pitch inspection at 9.00am on Saturday morning was made and came up with just one conclusion - the game would not be able to be played.

We now move on to an away game with Sherborne on New Year's Day that kicks off at 12.30pm.

Our rearranged games are as follows

Wednesday 16th January v Elmore (h) (7.30pm)

Saturday 9th February v Welton Rovers (h) (3.00pm)

Wednesday 13th February v Cribbs Friends Life (a) (7.30pm)

Wednesday 20th February v Cribbs Friends Life (h) (7.30pm)

Tuesday 16th April v Almondsbury UWE (a)  (7.30pm)

Boxing Day game is OFF

WELLINGTON'S match at home to Elmore on Boxing Day has been called off.

The torrential rain, which has soaked the Westcountry in recent days, means the Playing Field pitch is unplayable.

There is some football on Boxing Day, however, as Wellington Over 35s play their annual game against Wellesley Park on the Wellington School astroturf with an 11am kick-off.

And, from 12noon until 4pm, there is a Family Disco in the clubhouse with free admission.

The first-team are due to be back in action on Saturday when they entertain Welton Rovers, kick-off 3pm.

It's a Saturday washout

THE torrential rain, which has swept the area, means that both Wellington matches have been postponed today.

The Reserves' Devon and Exeter division one fixture at Alphington was called off last night.

And an early morning pitch inspection at the Playing Field saw the first-team's Toolstation division one match with Cribbs Friends Life suffer the same fate.

The next action is on Boxing Day when the firsts entertain Elmore with an 11am kick-off.

Ward tells of victory satisfaction

MANAGER Jamie Ward has spoken of his satisfaction after Wellington's 3-0 victory away to Warminster Town yesterday - their second successive win.

He said: "I was very satisfied with the performance at Warminster on what was not an easy surface, the same for both sides but we certainly adapted and played the conditions to our strengths.

"Particularly pleasing was the clean sheet and full credit to the back five for limiting their chances primarily to shots from outside the box.

"There was a solid debut for keeper Jake Viney complimented by consistent performances from all players.

"Sam Williamson (who had been keeping goal) has done a magnificent job for me since his induction into the first team and yet I must remember that Sam is only 16 and in Jake he has a great opportunity to continue learning his trade.

"We are now seeing both an understanding and an appetite from each member of the squad in the way we have asked them to play.

"We have a lot of hard work ahead of us but most importantly the players are benefiting from their efforts"

Stunning away win for Welly

Toolstation League division one: Warminster Town 0, Wellington 3

WELLINGTON continued their improvement under new boss Jamie Ward with victory today at Warminster, who have returned to the league this season.

They had climbed off the bottom of the table the previous week courtesy of a stunning 6-1 home win over fellow strugglers Shrewton United.

That day, they were boosted by the inclusion of three temporary signings from Bridgwater Town but they were not in the squad which did so well in Wiltshire to prove the permanent players really can stand on their own feet.

Against Shrewton, Wellington left it until after the interval to score all of their goals and it was the same story at Warminster as they climbed another position away from the foot of the table.

Midfielder Luke Cole gave them the lead with a left-foot strike from the edge of the box before young striker Luke Redrup marked his return to the side by scoring after a fine pass by Tom Hopkins.

And Redrup completed a man-of-the-match performance with Wellington’s third goal, scoring on the rebound from a free kick by Cole.

After two successive victories, Wellington can look forward with confidence to a run of three home games in only eight days either side of Christmas.

Wellington: Jake Viney, Nicky Ford, Martin White, Scott Holland, Jack Adams, Tom Hopkins, Andy Butler, Luke Cole, Darren Rice, Luke Redrup, Kyle Bassett. Substitutes: Joe Chamberlain, Ed Weeks and Max Westlake (used); Tom Ellis and Joe Holmes (not used).

 

 

Rampant Welly hit six

Toolstation League division one: Wellington 6, Shrewton United 1

A BLISTERING second-half performance saw Wellington climb off the bottom of the table to be replaced by opponents Shrewton at the Playing Field today.

It was a long-awaited and richly-deserved first win for manager Jamie Ward, who took over from Colin Merrick in September.

Robbed of a string of players by injury, Ward opted to draft in three new signings from Bridgwater Town, whose game was postponed – defender Chris McGrath, former Wellington player Tim Legg in midfield and striker Ross McNab up front.

All three played a big part in the victory although the whole side could take credit for an excellent all-round performance.

They dominated the first half without making the breakthrough but it was virtually one-way traffic after the break.

Wellington went ahead in the first minute after the interval as a Darren Rice shot was blocked by keeper Chris Brewer and McNab pounced to net from close range.

However, Shrewton then equalised out of the blue when James Dolman was sent racing clear to knock the ball past the onrushing Sam Williamson and shoot into an empty net.

That proved to be a temporary blip as Wellington went on to produce some scintillating football to completely blow away their opponents with four more goals.

56 minutes – Rice sent over a corner from the right and midfielder Andy Butler flung himself to score with a diving header.

61 minutes – striker Kyle Bassett gave Brewer no chance with a spectacular dipping 30-yarder.

70 minutes – McNab scored his second of the game after new skipper Martin White had seen a header parried by Brewer.

81 minutes – McNab unselfishly fed Bassett for the simplest of finishes.

92 minutes – man-of-the-match Bassett coolly completed his hat-trick after collecting a poor clearance from Brewer.

Wellington: Sam Williamson, Tom Ellis, Chris McGrath, Martin White, Jack Adams, Max Westlake, Andy Butler, Tim Legg, Darren Rice, Kyle Bassett, Ross McNab. Substitutes: Nicky Ford, Joe Chamberlain and Joe Holmes (used); Luke Redrup and Mark Clunie (not used). Match sponsors: Wellington Newsagency.

BEFORE the game, a minute’s applause was observed in memory of Wellington’s clubhouse manager Keith Davey, who had passed away the previous Sunday. Mr Davey’s funeral takes place at All Saints’ Church, Rockwell Green, on Thursday at 2.30pm.

Wellington pipped by leaders

Toolstation League division one: Wellington 0, Hengrove Athletic 1

THE top v bottom clash at the Playing Field yesterday saw Wellington edged out by leaders Hengrove Athletic.

And although they are still rooted to the foot of the table, Jamie Ward’s new-look side can take heart from the fact that, in recent games, they have given three of the division’s leading four sides a real run for their money.

Looking to build on three successive league draws, Wellington started brightly with midfielders Andy Butler and Mark Clunie going close early on.

But it was Hengrove, who took the lead after 12 minutes as their first attack produced what proved to be the only goal.

A low cross from the right was cleared only as far as striker James Dunn, whose first-time shot from ten yards found the bottom corner of the net.

Already without leading scorer Leon Taswell, who is out of action with a knee injury, Wellington suffered a blow midway through the first half when lively new front-man Corey Lewis limped off after a heavy challenge.

To the home side’s credit, it was difficult to tell which team was at the top of the table and which was propping it up in a match of few chances.

Hengrove had appeals for a penalty turned down either side of the interval while their winger Ricky Briggs curled a shot just over with seven minutes remaining.

It was never a dirty game but, shortly afterwards, both sides were reduced to ten men after a clash near the edge of the pitch resulted in Wellington’s Butler and Hengrove skipper Ricky Charlton receiving their marching orders.

Wellington: Sam Williamson, Martin White, Ed Weeks, Scott Holland, Nicky Ford, Mark Clunie, Luke Cole, Andy Butler, Darren Rice, Corey Lewis, Kyle Bassett. Substitutes: Luke Redrup (used); Tom Ellis, Joe Holmes, Jack Adams, Max Westlake (not used). Match sponsor: Tim Potter Butchers.

We've nothing to fear, says boss

WELLINGTON will be looking to build on their improving league form when they return to action tomorrow (Saturday).

Last weekend’s scheduled fixture at Oldlands Abbotonians was among the many games called off after torrential rain soaked the South West and caused widespread flooding.

But the weather is set fair for this weekend when Hengrove Athletic are the visitors to the Playing Field for a 3pm kick-off.

Hengrove took over from Chard as leaders of the Toolstation League’s first division after their 4-0 home win over Corsham Town on Wednesday night.

But Wellington boss Jamie Ward said this week that his side have nothing to fear against their title-chasing opposition.

Ward has completely re-vamped the squad since taking over from Colin Merrick and has seen his new charges draw their past three league matches – two of them against sides in the top four.

He is confident that Wellington will soon be off the bottom and climbing up further up the table.

Meanwhile, Wellington Reserves are also back in action tomorrow when they travel to play Morchard Bishop in the East Devon Cup.

First team fall victim to weather

AS expected, Wellington's Toolstation League match away to Oldland Abbotonians today has been called off.

The host club had said the pitch was still playable yesterday and so decided on a 10am pitch inspection.

And, with a day of torrential rain expected, they decided this would not be the case by the 3pm kick-off time.

Wellington are in action again next Saturday when they entertain second-placed Hengrove Athletic at the Playing Field, kick-off 3pm.

Manager Ward praises players

WELLINGTON manager Jamie Ward praised his players after their 3-3 draw at home to third-placed Shepton Mallet yesterday.

He said: "Another highly competitive performance today earned a hard fought point for the players of which they should be proud.

"Naturally they were disappointed after leading with 20 minutes to go but this is further evidence to Shorty (assistant manager Paul Short) and I that their attitude and commitment is spot on.

"Each game is providing further evidence that the lads are enjoying the way we are encouraging them to play and yet they will be hard at it again on Tuesday at training."

Wellington are in action again next Saturday when they travel to Bristol to take on Oldland Abbotonians.

Wellington in six-goal thriller

Toolstation League division one: Wellington 3, Shepton Mallet 3

IMPROVING Wellington recorded their third successive league draw as they shared the spoils with high-riding Shepton Mallet at the Playing Field today.

But they will have been disappointed not to have earned their first win under new manager Jamie Ward as they conceded two goals in the last ten minutes.

Shepton took the lead thanks to a huge slice of luck after 19 minutes when a speculative cross from the right by Adam Garlick sailed over keeper Sam Williamson and into the net.

After a shaky start, Wellington improved and equalised four minutes later when Kyle Bassett found striker partner Corey Lewis, who marked his debut by cutting inside and scoring with a low shot.

Although both sides had their chances, it was Wellington who took control of the game with two quickfire strikes after the break.

Midfielder Andy Butler gave them the lead after 65 minutes with his first goal since re-joining the club – a dipping volley which keeper Courtney Redwood could only help into the net.

And shortly afterwards it was 3-1 as the excellent Bassett fed Darren Rice out on the left and his low cross found Lewis, who scored at the second attempt.

Shepton refused to lie down and pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining when a free-kick into the box was knocked down for Jon French to net.

And they completed their fightback three minutes later after they were awarded a free-kick 20 yards out which substitute Danny Collins blasted into the top corner.

Wellington: Sam Williamson, Nicky Ford, Scott Holland, Ed Weeks, Tom Ellis, Max Westlake, Tom Hopkins, Andy Butler, Darren Rice, Kyle Bassett, Corey Lewis. Substitutes: Luke Redrup and Leon Taswell (used); Jamie Dingle and Joe Holmes (not used). Match sponsor: AIS. Attendance: 55.

 

Beaten but not disgraced in premier cup

Somerset Premier Cup: Wellington 0, Bath City 4

WELLINGTON bowed out of the Somerset Premier Cup after defeat by Bath City of the Blue Square Conference South at the Playing Field last night.

But Jamie Ward’s side could hold their heads high after a performance against a team four divisions above them which yielded far more positive factors than negative.

Wellington got off to the worst possible start by falling behind inside the first minute as a long-range shot by tricky winger Kerry Morgan bounced past unsighted keeper Paul Gibbins.

The home side then matched the visitors for the next 40 minutes with skipper Leon Taswell volleying across the face of goal and midfielder Max Westlake shooting wide from a good position.

But Bath increased their lead just before the break as a cross from the right was knocked down for Brad Norris to volley home with the help of a deflection.

Ward’s starting line-up included new signing Martin White, after the defender re-joined the club, and he introduced two more at the interval – central defender Ed Weeks and midfielder Joe Chamberlain – with a fourth – striker Jamie Dingle – joining the fray ten minutes later.

Bath virtually wrapped up their victory on the hour when Sam Babatunde headed home a cross and they completed the scoring nine minutes from time with an exquisite chip by Morgan.

Wellington did get the ball in the net in the closing minutes but a looping header by Weeks was ruled out for a push on keeper Jason Mellor.

Wellington: Paul Gibbins, Nick Ford, Scott Holland, Martin White, Jack Adams, Max Westlake, Andy Butler, Mark Clunie, Darren Rice, Leon Taswell, Luke Redrup. Substitutes: Joe Chamberlain, Ed Weeks and Jamie Dingle (used); Tom Ellis and Joe Holmes (not used). Attendance: 60. Match sponsor: RW Gale Ltd.

Wellington gear up for big cup tie

WELLINGTON are looking forward to Wednesday's visit of Bath City in the Somerset Premier Cup (7.30pm).

The visitors play in the Blue Square Conference South and so are likely to provide stiff opposition but manager Jamie Ward is eagerly anticipating the tie.

"The players are obviously looking forward to it and the game also gives us a chance to look at our new signings," he said.

Although Saturday’s match at Almondsbury UWE fell victim to the weather, Wellington go into the testing encounter in confident mood after two successive draws.

Wellington are in cup action again on Saturday when they travel to Wiltshire to take on Bradford Town in the Les Phillips Cup.

Improving Wellington in six-goal thriller

Toolstation League division one: Wellington 3, Calne Town 3

WELLINGTON continued their improvement under new boss Jamie Ward with a goal-packed draw at home to high-riding Calne Town today.

It is a sign of the club’s transition that Ward’s re-shaped starting line-up consisted entirely of players, who were not with Wellington last season, and they followed up the previous week’s draw with another promising display.

Calne held the upper hand early on and keeper Paul Gibbins pulled off a couple of smart saves before the visitors took the lead on the half-hour.

Rory Worthington played the ball forward to Jordan Roberts and he controlled it on his chest before sending the sweetest of half-vollies sailing past the diving Gibbins.

Wellington settled as the first half wore on and took the lead with a pair of goals immediately either side of half-time.

Midfielder Max Westlake marked his recall by scoring with a low drive in the final minute of the first half and then skipper Leon Taswell gave them the lead in the first minute after the interval as he cleverly turned home a Luke Redrup cross.

That stunned Calne back into action and they too produced a scoring double with striker Tyler Sibbick equalising from close range on the hour and then Tyler Sheppard making it 3-2 with a curler after 74 minutes.

But Wellington again showed great character by clawing their way back into the game six minutes later.

Midfielder Mark Clunie floated a free-kick into the area and Taswell rose ahead of keeper Charlie Haydon to head the equaliser.

Wellington: Paul Gibbins, Nicky Ford, Tom Ellis, Luke Cole, Jack Adams, Max Westlake, Mark Clunie, Andy Butler, Luke Redrup, Leon Taswell, Kyle Bassett. Substitutes: Sam Towler (used), Dan Robinson and Joe Holmes (not used). Match sponsor: DCK Garage Services.

Wellington looking to build

WELLINGTON will be looking to improve on a much improved performance last weekend when we entertain Calne Town in division one of the Toolstation League on Saturday.

A battling 2-2 draw at home to Keynsham ended our run of defeats and earned the first point since Jamie Ward took over as manager.

Ward has introduced a host of new players and they are showing increasing signs that they are starting to gel into a more competitive outfit.

He said today: "The side are looking forward to the Calne fixture on Saturday and can take many positives from last week's point.

"We have a few selection issues but will field a competitive side and focus on each game as it arrives.

"Players are beginning to understand their responsibilities and there were phases of play last week which deserved more but it is those smaller points that we continue to focus on during training."

Improving Wellington earn a point

Toolstation League division one: Wellington 2, Keynsham Town 2

WELLINGTON ended their run of defeats and picked up their first point under new manager Jamie Ward with a hard-earned draw against Keynsham at the Playing Field today.

After their shattering defeat in Bristol last week, when they conceded three goals in injury time, Wellington picked themselves up and were good value for the result.

They got off to a flying start by taking the lead after only three minutes thanks to the determination of skipper Leon Taswell.

He robbed a Keynsham defender, burst forward to the byline and his pull-back was neatly converted by young strike partner Luke Redrup.

The visitors had the chance to equalise in the 20th minute when Taswell was harshly judged to have handled a cross and the referee pointed to the penalty spot despite protests that the offence had been committed outside the area.

But Wellington felt justice had been done when keeper Paul Gibbins flung himself to his left to save the spot kick by Chris Lewis.

The visitors were not to be denied, however, and equalised shortly after the interval as Danny May skipped past a defender to shoot home the equaliser.

Both sides pressed for the next goal but the game really exploded into action in the last five minutes.

Lewis atoned for him penalty miss by shooting Keynsham into the lead, only for Wellington to equalise in the 89th minute when central defender Scott Holland, who recently re-joined the club, scored with a thumping header from Taswell’s cross.

The home side could then have snatched victory with both Luke Cole and Taswell going close right at the death.

Wellington: Paul Gibbins, Ashley Parker, Tom Ellis, Scott Holland, Jack Adams, Nicky Ford, Andy Butler, Mark Clunie, Luke Cole, Leon Taswell, Luke Redrup. Substitutes: Max Westlake (used), Joe Holmes and Daniel Robinson (not used). Match sponsor: R.I. Leyman Plumbing and Heating.

 

Wellington in positive mood

WELLINGTON return to action tomorrow when they entertain mid-table Keynsham Town in division one of the Toolstation League, kick-off 3pm.

Manager Jamie Ward says the players have been preparing hard for the game this week and are looking forward to it.

"Our progression continues and the confidence in the players is high with a strong belief in their own ability.

"The dedication they are showing will produce results and is overdue in support of their hard work.

"There have been some significant improvements and Shorty and I anticipate further progress."

Since taking over as manager, Ward has introduced a host of new signings and, while his new squad will obviously take time to gel, they have already shown positive signs.

Wellington have successive home games as they entertain Calne Town the following Saturday, October 27th.

Squad for Roman Glass (away) 13/10/12

P. Gibbons, A Parker, L. Redrup, T.Ellis, O. Chamberlain, A.Butler, S.Holland, D. Robinson, L.Taswell, L Cole, M Pounde, N. Ford, M. Clunie, J.Adams, S Towler, J Holmes.

Meeting at the Murco garage Junction 25 @12.30pm

Squad for Cheddar match 06/10/12

FIRST TEAM squad for Saturday (home v Cheddar): IN changing room at 1.45pm

Dress Code: Wellington polo shirt, tracksuit trousers or black trousers.

S. Towler, A. Parker, J. Adams, L.Taswell, L. Redrup, T. Ellis, M. Clunie, A. Butler, D. Rice, M. Pounde, N Ford, M Westlake, C. Collins.

Squad for Corsham match 29/09/12

FIRST TEAM squad for Saturday (home v Corsham): IN changing room at 1.45pm

Dress Code: Wellington polo shirt, tracksuit trousers or black trousers.


Adams, Butler, Collins, Clunie, Ellis, Feltham, Ford, Izzard, Parker, Pounde, Redrup, Rice,Taswell, Towler,Westlake.

Training for w/c September 24th

TRAINING will take place at the Playing Field on Tuesday, September 25th, and Thursday, September 27th. Both sessions start at 6.30pm prompt.

Somerset Premier Cup 2012-13

WELLINGTON have been awarded a bye in the first round of the SPC and will then host Bath City in the second round in week commencing Monday, November 5th.

Les Phillips Cup 2012-13

WELLINGTON have been drawn away to Bradford Town in the first round of the Les Phillips Cup on Saturday, November 10th.

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