Wanderers and Wolves finished mid table of Division 1 of the Taunton Youth League, a successful season keeping both teams in the top division.
Wanderers Playing 14 games, Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 9=13 points
Wolves Played 14 games, Won 4, Drawn 2, Lost 8=14 points
And this will Mark the end of an era for Wanderers and Wolves who have had two even teams since the age of eight, from Mini Soccer through to Youth football, where Wanderers earned promotion, a fair play award and Cup Runners Up and Wolves earned a well deserved Division 2 Champions in the last 3 seasons. And now we move forward with 3 seasons of the Youth football to go as an A and B team and hope to do well in both leagues.
Coaches Steve Smith and Kevin Forrest feel very proud of the way all the players have developed and played in a fair and good spirit in all games and have grown to a squad of 38 players. They have also shown a lot of Maturity with our decision to go to an A and B team and you are all a credit to your Parents and Wellington Football Club.
WELL DONE BOYS, SO PROUD OF YOU ALL.
Wembdon 2 Wanderers 9
Wanderers faced Wembdon in their last game of the season in the Taunton Youth League U13's. Wembdon who had been struggling to fill a full team all season, and it was no different today only having 10 players as they did in our first encounter, which Wanderers won 9-0. The game was played on a small 3G pitch which would suit the home team as this would be Wanderers first game on this surface but should have no excuse for not playing good passing football. Wanderers started very well with excellent passing which they have showed over the past few weeks and created chance after chance and this continued for the whole of the first half with Wembdon only having two long range shots on the Wanderers goal, and it was very hard to understand how the score was only 2-1 to Wanderers at half time with goals coming from Nesta Whiteway-Scott and Cameron Atkinson.
Second half after a team talk about not worrying about Wembdon's bad attitude, tackling and moaning to the ref and more on composure, concentration on their own game. Wanderers controlled the game as they did in the first half and from the first attack Jack Luxon scored to show the strikers how it should be done and moments later Marley Schofield crossed the ball for an easy tap in for Henry Ong. Was this the pattern of things to come? Yes and No, Wanderers continued great possession football but poor decision making, final ball, shooting and excellent goalkeeping from the Wembdon keeper keeping the score much lower than it should have been with goals only coming from Cameron Atkinson 2 more, Noah Brown, Another for Nesta and Harry Goss getting his first ever goal. And with Wanderers pressing so far up the pitch did leave gaps at the back which Wembdon did counter a few times on the Wanderers goal but good defending from Jack Luxon, Jack Eadie, Jago Penberthy and Lewis Bullock in the Wanderers goal kept Wembdon to only 1 second half goal to Wanderers 7. Final Score 9-2
Man of the Match Award to Jago Penberthy for his normal great tackling , interceptions and much improved passing.
Wanderers 2 Staplegrove 4
Wanderers faced Staplegrove who are joint top of the table and desperate for the win to keep in the challenge to win the league with only a couple of games to go. Wanderers had other ideas and from the kick off played the better football with only the final pass stopping them from getting through the Staplegrove defence. After 17 minutes of good play from the Wanderers it was Staplegrove who took the lead with poor positioning letting Staplegrove in on goal to finish well and this was the only difference in the two teams. Staplegrove went in at half time 2-0 up.
Second half the game became more of a battle all over the pitch with Wanderers giving as good as they got and both teams creating chances. Staplegrove added a third but moments later Wanderers were given a freee kick on the edge of the box which Tom Morgan fired into the roof of the net 3-1 and within another 7 minutes Wanderers were awarded a penalty when Marley Scofield was pushed in the box and scored from the spot but Staplegrove scored again to stop any idea of a come back for Wanderers. Final Score 4-2.
Man of the Match awards to Flynn Smith and Noah Brown who controlled the game in the centre of midfield with great tackling and passing.
Tone Youth 4 Wanderers 1
Wellington Wanderers faced league leaders Tone Youth in the Taunton Youth League U13's. Wanderers having only 10 regular players and had to sign on two New players before kick off, so with this in mind Wanderers set up defensively hoping to catch Tone Youth on the break now and again. Despite being under pressure for much of the first half, Wanderers defended very well and tried to pass the ball when in possession which lead to several attacks on the Tone Youth goal but gave away two goals from corners in the first half.
Second half was much like the first to start with but as the game went on Wanderers started getting more possession and played the better football with only Tone Youth's physical presence stopping Wanderers making more from this. Tone Youth added two more goals to Wanderer's one, which was scored by Henry Ong in his first ever game. Final Score 4-1.
All the Wanderers players putting in a great performance with Man of the Match awards to Jack Eadie in defence and Lewis Bullock with some fine saves in the Wanderers goal. Also a mention for James Birch in his first game Well done.
Wanderers 1 Isle of Wedmore 8
Wanderers were looking to put in a fine performance after dominating their last Match against Wolves, but Isle of Wedmore had other ideas and for a side who have only lost one game so far this season it was not going to be easy. Wanderers found it hard going right from the start and did not help themselves by not hold the positions they had been given, poor passing, jumping into tackles and ball watching. After going 2 goals down Wanderers broke out quickly and past to Marley Schofield to score from a tight angle. The come back was short lived and at half time Wanderers were 5-1 down.
Second half Wanderers showed a bit more determination but was very frustrating to watch how two games in two weeks can be so different with this weeks performance showing a lack of concentration, strength, determination and team work with players having ago at each other. The only high light was Jack Eadie in defence who threw himself at everything to try and stop the opposition which earned him the Man of the Match award.
Wolves 2 Wanderers 2
Wanderers faced stable mate for the second time in the Taunton Youth league, the first encounter under lights was a thrilling Match which Wolves came away with a 5-0 victory, which did not reflect Wanderers dominance for the first 20 minutes even with missing 4 key players. Wanderers did not take the chances they had created in that game and had to chase the game in the second half and the score went up.
Wanderers had a full squad for the first game after the Christmas break and Wolves were only missing one player from a full strength squad which made for a thrilling prospect after the first encounter.
Wanderers were asked not to press the Wolves back four until the first pass had been played, every player did what they were asked and the tactics worked, the Wolves team found it very hard to find a pass out without hitting a long ball and Wanderers regained possession. Once in possession Wanderers played with controlled 1 and 2 touch passing which the Wolves team could not cope with and dominated the first half, but with only creating several chances mostly going straight into the arms of the Wolves keeper.Wanderers took a deserved lead after 16 minutes from a corner which dropped to the feet of Flynn Smith who laid it back to Reece Vowles for his first touch after coming on from the subs bench to curl the ball past Jack Wood in the Wolves goal.
Wanderers Knew Wolves were quick on the counter attack and would create chances, this was limited with Wanderers holding good shape but one chance came after 30 minutes and Callum Chivers found the bottom corner to make it 1-1 half time and Wanderers were disappointed after dominating the first halves play.
Second half Wanderers continued as they had done in the first half dominating the play, but with chances missed and as the game went on and Wanderers desperate to find a goal they pushed forward to much at times which gave Wolves more opportunities to counter and Alfie Lane had to make two great saves, a great tackle from Jack Eadie and the post saved the Wanderers. A draw looked on the cards but with only minutes to go a miss control and fumble in the Wolves box gave Marley Schofied the chance to poke the ball in and Wanderers thought they had got the points they deserved but with only 1 minutes to go which seemed to last forever a missed time tackle lead to a penalty for the Wolves , Alfie Hill stepped up for the Wolves but again for the second time in the last two games Alfie Lane in the Wanderers goal pulled off a great save only for the ball to rebound back to the striker to slot home 2-2 final score.
With all the Wanderers Players deserving Man of the Match awards for a great team effort.
Sometimes the game is hard to take when you don't get what you deserve.
On a positive note the hard work we have been putting in at training is paying off and Coaches and parents were very proud after this wonderful performance.
This was a great advertisement for Wellington AFC with both teams showing great admiration for each other after the game.
For the first game of 2017, the Wellington Wolves hosted the Wellington Wanderers. Both teams sit mid table in the Tony Pryce Taunton Youth League, with the Wolves just pipping the Wanderers on points for now. Their first encounter earlier in the season saw the Wolves come away as 5-0 victors. However, the Wanderers felt that the score didnít reflect the game and came to the return match with a point to prove.
For much of the first half the Wolves struggled to get into the game. It looked as though despite some excellent pre-Christmas performances, they had enjoyed the break a little too much, and seemed to be slower and less hungry to play than the Wanderers who on the other hand were well-motivated, and with a full complement of star players looking to take the Wolves apart from the first whistle. Indeed, the Wanderers, scored early and dominated all of the first half. Yet, despite having many chances to score they failed to kill off the Wolves.
The Wolves always looked dangerous on the break and Callum Chivers eventually scored on their first opportunity in front of goal to equalise the score. Nevertheless, it was the Wanderers who looked like the better team. The Wolves were struggling to complete passes, and were constantly giving the ball away. It was a relief when the half time whistle blew.
The second half saw a change in shape, and tactics for the Wolves, which in part seemed to slow the flow of Wandererís play, and turned the game into a highly competitive derby. Both teams could have sown the game up, with Wolves coming closest by hitting the post. Wanderers continued to attack, with the Wolves counter attacking when the Wanderers efforts broke down. This was very entertaining and nerve racking to watch. Eventually Wandererís scored as very soft goal after a Wolves goalkeeping and defensive mix up. The game looked to have escaped the Wolves, however, one of the Wolves great strengths is the fact that they never ever give up. It was this that led George Butterfield to take the ball into the Wanderers box with only minutes left on the clock. A poorly timed tackle led to a Wolves penalty.
The Wolves star striker Alfie Hill faced the Wanderers ace keeper Alfie Lane . Hill smashed the ball straight at the roof of the net, Lane got a hand to it, the ball bounced out, Hill reacted first and slotted the ball into the net, 2-2.
The following minutes were nerve jangling, Wanderers pressed hard, however, their discipline began to slip as they began getting caught offside every time they went forward. The final whistle eventually blew, leaving the Wanderers upset at the lack of victory and the Wolves very happy at the game of a single point from the draw.
This was a very entertaining and competitive match, which showed that skill and game play can often be matched with grit and determination, and suggests that the future of football in Wellington is bright.
Wolves man of the match Daniel Thorne for excellent timing in tackles and determined effort throughout the match.
Mentioned in dispatches. Callum Chivers for constatly giving the Wanderers something to think about, and Izaak Letten for a sterling performance whilst carrying an injury.
Wanderers 1 Tone Youth Hornets 8
Wanderers played good passing football all the way through the Match, but gave away a sloppy goal after 10 minutes after Alfie Lane had made a fine save but could not hold on to the loose ball after several attempts and then an unfortunate own goal 4 minutes later by Nesta Whiteway-scott from a cross which deflected goalwards and Alfie could not stop from going in. Wanderers heads dropped but despite this Wanderers continued to play good football going forward and created a couple of great chances but in this sort of game these chances must be taken to holt a side like Tone Youth. 5-0 half time. Second Half Wanderers Parents and supporters encouraged their players to have a bit more determination and again when in possession played excellent football, their down fall was when not in possession,they did not mark the opposition, they jumped into tackles ,they turned their back on the ball and ball watched as Tone Youth played around them and this was no-more evident when Tone Youth where awarded a soft penalty for hand ball, Alfie Lane pulled off an amazing save but not 1 Wanderer players moved from the edge of the box to help him recover and stop 1 of 3 Tone Youth players from scoring the rebound. Wanderers did battle more in that second half and were also awarded a soft handball penalty which Tom Morgan scored. Final Score 8-1 Man of the Match awards to Alfie Lane and the Wanderers Supporters for Great saves and encouragement.
Galmington 3 Wanderers 4
Wanderers faced Galmington who were seated bottom of Div 1 of the U13's Taunton Youth League, but had been improving of late and put in a strong performance only going down 2-1 to Wanderers stable mates Wolves.
Wanderers started well and looked the stronger creating several good chances but could not finish and would let Galmington in to score after 20 minutes. Wanderers didn't let their heads drop and always looked likely to score with the chances they were creating and a great run from Jake Butterworth down the right and cross was met and finished well by Nesta Whiteway-Scott 1-1 Half Time.
Wanderers started the second half as they had started the first but the difference was in the Galmington team who had much more determination and this was helped by Wanderers giving the ball away far to easily. Galmington went 2-1 up and Wanderers responded minutes later when the ball was crossed in and Marley Schofield hammered it into the roof of the net. Within 5 minutes Wanderers were behind again. Things were not looking so good when an unfair strong challenge by Jack Eadie gave Galmington a free kick from 25 yards which was struck very well and looked in all the way until Lewis Bullock in the Wanderers goal dived full stretch and with finger tips pushed the ball onto the post and it was cleared to safety. From this point on and with only 5 minutes remaining Wanderers started playing their best football. Cameron Atkinson scored to make it 3-3 ,now with the bit between their teeth Wanderers were determine to get the win and when Nesta was put through they thought it was over but as he struck the ball it popped up and his shot went over the bar and all thought that would be the last chance but with only 1 minute of time left Cameron Atkinson struck again to give Wanderers the Win which they deserved for their sheer determination and not giving up, also give a mention to Galmington for giving Wanderers a good hard game.
Man of the Match award to Jack Eadie who showed great determination and seemed to be everywhere at the back.
Rhode Lane Wanderers 7 v Wellington Wolves 1
This was the first encounter for the Wolves with Rhode Lane this season. The Bridgwater club currently sits second in the league with the Wolves in fifth.
This was a league cup tie, so it can be seen as a standard setter for the league games yet to come. Nevertheless, it has to be said that despite the core line, Rhode Lane were not six goals better than the Wolves, and that the score line flatters the Bridgwater side .
The Wolves took the game to Rhode Lane for much of the first half by playing some nice football through the defence, into the midfield, keeping the ball moving, exploring opportunities and attacking goal. The Rhode Lane attack was not providing the Wolves with too much to be worried about. However, by the 30 minute point little mistakes began to appear in the Wolves game, the passing became less accurate, and first touchís began degrade. This was quickly capitalised on by Rhode Lane who stole the ball from a hesitant Wolves defence on the edge of the box to slot the ball into the net for a late first half goal. This was swiftly followed by another goal from a corner, which meant that the Wolves went in two goals down, but certainly not out of the game.
The second half saw the Wolves come out with a series of changes which included debutant goalkeeper Will Lacey. However, it was clear that the half time break had not helped the Wolves, who continued to struggle with the first touch. In addition, their attack was struggling to break the Rhode Lane defence, as all the through balls were being easily cut out. Possession was being lost as a result, which ultimately led to run of goals, from a Rhode Lane team who were now beginning to smell victory.
The Wolves changed their tactics in attack by letting lose their flying winger Callum Chivers which made some difference, and gave Rhode Lane some defensive problems, and ultimately led to Lewis Leslie smashing in the Wolves only goal of the match.
The game ended with Rhode Lane six goals in front of Wellington Wolves, however the actual score line does not reflect the game. For almost two thirds of the match Wolves were as good as their opposition. However as in the Tone Youth match, it was the Wolves poor first touch, and lack of control when the ball is it is at their feet that let them down. The boys should take encouragement from the fact that they gave the leagueís second place team a good game for the most part.
This weekís man of the match Lewis Leslie, for strength in attack, and dogged determination which led to the goal. Well done Lewis.
Wanderers 8 Wembdon 0
Wanderers faced Wembdon who have been struggling to raise a full team all season and were sitting at the bottom of the league with Galmington. Wanderers needed a result to give them some confidence going forward into the rest of the season and with Wembdon only having 9 players from the start this seemed a great opportunity . Wanderers kicked off and played the ball round well. Wembdon added another player after a couple of minutes but would only have 10 players for the rest of the game, but despite this did not make things easy for Wanderers and battled well and passed the ball around when in possession. After 5 minutes Cameron Atkinson was put through and brought down in the box and the ref awarded a penalty which Tom Morgan confidently scored . As the game went on Wanderers looked very much in control and put lots of good passing moves together and started to create lots of great chances and added a well struck goal from Marley Schofield after 10 minutes. The chances kept coming and Wanderers added 3 more well taken goals from Monty Baylis for a hat trick before half time, 5-0.
Second half , Wanderers had control of the game with the back 3 of Jack Luxon , Jack Eadie and Jago Penberthy not letting any of the Wembdon players getting through to have a shot at the Wanderers goal as they had done for the whole of the first half. Wanderers did start to loose their positions a bit and again lots of ball watching did make it easy at times for Wembdon to clear their lines and find their own players, which Wanderers need to work on in training. Despite this and looking solid at the back Wanderers did added 3 more second half goals, an excellent strike from Cameron Atkinson, a well worked goal involving a through ball by Flynn Smith, crossed by Cameron and finished with a tap in for Jake Butterworth and finally an excellent controlled trap, turn inside a Wembdon player and a curled shot off the post and in by Flynn Smith to cap off a great team performance.
Man of the Match award to Cameron Atkinson who put in lots of great crosses during the whole game and also was rewarded for his hard work with an excellent goal.
Tone Youth Hornets 5 v Wellington Wolves 3
Today we travelled to Creech St Michael to play Tone Youth Hornets. The Hornets have been very strong for the past 3 or 4 seasons, however this season have been struggling with abstractions to the Junior Premier League. The JPL match was postponed today which meant that the Wolves faced a full strength Hornets team.
The match started with the Hornets playing some good passing football. The Wolves seemed to be all at sea until a lovely ball from Izaak Letten to Jakarta Allen-Skinner sent the hot shot striker flying down the right wing, cutting in an scoring a cracking goal against the run of play. Nevertheless, this was to be the Wolves only real attacking play of the first half.
The Wolves formation of 4-1-3-2 seemed not to be working against a giant Hornets team who were putting in physical challenges. This led to a number of missed tackles and timid interventions which allowed the Hornets to dominate the game and the players and ultimately led to two of the Hornets three first half goals.
A half time swap around saw, Sam Garnet make way for Alfie Hill up front, Charlie Weston moved in as a holding centre midfield player with George Butterfield given a wandering role in the middle of the park. Oakley Scribbens came on to join Daniel Thorne and Adam Hill making the defence as back three rather than a four. The changes had an immediate effect. Letten revelled in the extra support being given by Weston. Butterfield began to enjoy his roving role, and together with flying winger Callum Chivers, the attack began to cause the Hornets some problems at the back. Hill scored a good goal to bring the game back to 3-2. However a dubious penalty awarded to Hornets brought the gap up to two.
Chivers continued his work down the left and earned the Wolves a penalty, which Hill easily slotted into the net. Score was now 4-3 in favour of the Hornets who were now rocking at the way the Wolves had fought their way back into the game. Nevertheless the quality of first touch from the Hornets meant that they were always able to make a planned pass, and every time the Wolves went forward, the Hornets looked dangerous on the counter attack. Jack the cat Wood in goal was as busy as he always is, and as usual made some fantastic saves, however there was nothing he could have done about the final goal. Hornets came away with the ball from an unforced Wolves defensive error and punished the Wolves efforts with an excellent finish.
This was the last kick of the match, which seemed to be a bit unfair on the amount of effort the Wolves had put in. Thanks
Rhode Lane 6 Wanderers 1
This weeks match report is a bit different and will not be put in the paper as it is more of a personal note on the things we do well and the things we need to improve on.
Starting at the back:- Lewis Bullock, distribution was very good and was much better at coming off his line in the second half and made a great double save. Needs to be more vocal which will help the team make better decisions
Jack Luxon reads the game very well and is always in good position. Needs to get out a bit quicker and play the ball out from the back with more confidence
Jack Eadie, great covering and tackling.Needed to play the ball out quicker and simpler.
Jago Penberthy, great anticipation and tackling. Needs to look up more and let the ball go across his body and play out better when in possession.
Reece Vowles , great at being an option and always wants the ball and always plays it well when he keeps it simple. Needs to improve his closing down, sometimes better to hold, 1st tackle is always good but then hold back, cover and make the opposition go back at the second challenge.
Ben Wardell, Keeps good shape on the pitch and picks up a lot of possession. Needs to make better use of the ball in possession.
Tom Morgan, Always makes himself available and has good control of the ball. Needs to keep his position in the centre more not follow the ball as much because this gets himself in other players way and closes down the space on the pitch.
Monty Baylis, Has good control of the ball. Needs to be stronger in possession.
Cameron Atkinson and Marley Schofield have good control when running with the ball at their feet when taking on players and they strike the ball very well. Need to be more of an option, sometimes come short for the ball and lay it off to bring other players into the game and sometimes go long, not always go long. Also never give up when tackling back, not until you have won the ball or it has been past by the opposition.
Sam Mullen, Passed the ball around well in the first half. Needs to learn to let the ball come across his body so he can play forward better and quicker, if caught in possession protect the ball better or kick it off to safety.
How many players does it take to win the ball back? answer:- All of you.
We are all ball watching, What do I mean by ball watching? Answer:-When we loose possession of the ball we have two jobs 1st make sure we are marking a player this does not mean you have to be standing right next to them but you have to be close enough to be able to make a challenge if the ball comes that way, 2nd see where the ball is going.
We are leaving to many players unmark making it easy for them to play out.
Hope this helps and something we can work on in training.
Hope to see you all on Wednesday
Isle of Wedmore 2 Wellington Wanderers 0
Wanderers travelled to Wedmore to face Isle of Wedmore who were sitting second place in the table and after Wanderers very poor last performance, were looking to improve. Wanderers did not improve their play with lots of panic, slow to challenge any 50/50 balls and kicking the ball anywhere which was mostly back to Wedmore, putting themselves back under pressure and made it very difficult to get out of their own half. Wanderers did at times puts some passes together but could not find that final pass to create a shot at the Wedmore goal. At the other end Wanderers managed to keep Wedmore from scoring until about the 20th minute when Wedmore scored a very scrappy goal which was nearly cleared about 4 times. Wedmore added a second goal just before half time from long range which should have been closed down earlier to stop the goal.
Second half, Wanderers improved and challenged a lot more for the 50/50 balls and saw a lot more possession but good defending for Wedmore stopped Wanderers from getting many shots on goal and in turn Wanderers stopped Wedmore from adding any more goals, final score 2-0.
Man of the Match award to Jago Penberthy for lots of effort and determination.
Wellington Wolves 2 v Galmington Dragons 1
The Wolves hosted bottom the table Galmington Dragons this weekend. Wolves should have been confident of a result as the Dragons season hasnít been going well so far with high scoring defeats by all including the Wanderers this year. However the warning signs that the Dragons have awoken have beginning appear of late. For example the Wanderers beat them 9-0, however last weekend Tone Youth could only manage 6-0. Therefore I knew it wasnít going to be an easy game for us.
From the outset it was clear that the Wolves had been working on their team play and passing, as there were some lovely neat passing sequences between the defence and the midfield which ultimately led to some strong attacks down both wings. However, Galmington dug in, and showed their fighting spirit with some very strong challenges, and a desire to get to the ball first. This seemed to unsettle the Wolves, who were getting knocked off the ball far too easily. In addition, in some quarters it seemed that the Wolves were happy to let Galmington get to the ball first. Consequently Galmington started to come back into the game, and had it not been for some excellent goalkeeping by Jack Wood the visitors could easily have found themselves a couple of goals up.
As it was, the Wolves showed patches of excellent skill and hard work. First half credits must go to Callum Chivers and Lewis Leslie for the energy the spent in attack and defence on both wings, Jack Wood for keeping the ball out of the net and great distribution of the ball, and the Izaak Letten for a storming defensive centre midfield performance. Others mentioned in first half dispatches were Charlie Weston who was very calm and strong under pressure, Dan Thorne, and Shae Connor Wells for great organisation and defensive techniques.
All of this effort led to first half goals for Alfie Hill and Callum Chivers and a half time score of 2 to the good for the Wolves.
The second half saw some changes in the team, on came Ben Cooper in the centre of midfieldand Oakley Scribbens at right back, off went Sam Garnett and Charlie Weston. Lewis Leslie moved to join Alfie Hill up front and George Butterfield moved from the centre midfield battlefield out to the right wing. However it was clear straight form the kick off that Ben Cooper was struggling with the task of dealing with an aggressive Galmington Midfield. So after about 15 minutes a tweak was made, off cam Lewis Leslie, Cooper moved to join Hill in up front and back on came Charlie Weston in the centre of midfield.
This made all the difference Ben Cooper seemed to relish the challenge up front, Charlie Weston held his own on the centre of midfield, Izaak Letten was playing out of his skin, and with some great combination and calm play from the full backs of Adam Hill and Oakley Scribbens the Wolves dug in the hold their lead.
This was probably the wrong move as Galmington kept the pressure on, which caused panic to seep in, and eventually led to a goal for the visitors.
However this was too late to make any difference to the result and the Wolves walked away the deserving victors.
Man of the match goes to Izaak Letten who has shown great improvement over the past three of four games, and is settling into his role nicely.
Wellington Wanderers 2 V Staplegrove 8
Wanderers faced Top of the Table Staplegrove in the first round of the Taunton Youth League cup and knew they would have to put in a good performance. Straight from the kick off Wanderers didn't look like they wanted to be there and were second to every 50/50 and loose ball, their passing was very poor and struggled to play forward which made it easy for Staplegrove to get hold of the ball, pass forward to their frontline who in turn linked well with their midfield to play through the Wanderers defence to create some good chances. Lewis Bullock in the Wanderers goal made some fine saves but eventually Staplegrove took the lead in the 20th minute with a shot from outside the box. This was the pattern for most of the first half with most of the Wanderers players giving possession away much too easily with the exception of Flynn Smith who got the ball under control well and linked with his own team ,but possession was soon lost and Staplegrove capitalised on this and added 2 more goals. Wanderers managed to get a goal back from a well struck free kick from Flynn Smith which was to strong for the Staplegrove Keeper to hold on to and Tom Morgan pounced on the loose ball to score 3-1 Half time.
Second half, the goal didn't make Wanderers lift their game and with Staplegrove adding 2 quick goals Wanderers heads dropped. It seemed everything Staplegrove hit found the far corner of the goal giving Alfie Lane the Wanderers keeper no chance, who did make some fine saves including a double save . With Staplegrove pushing forward for more goals, did leave gaps for Wanderers to counter but poor passing opportunities where lost. Staplegrove added 3 more well taken goals to Wanderers 1 well taken goal from Tom Morgan, his second of the game. 8-2 final score and a fair result. Good luck to Staplegrove in the next round. Man of the Match award to Flynn Smith who kept good positive possession.
Tone Youth Wasps 3 v Wellington Wolves 8
A resounding win for the Wolves this weekend which fires them into the second round of the league cup. With some clever through balls from George Butterfield and Izaak Letten which allowed the pace of Jakarta Allen-Skinner and Callum Chivers to once again tore apart the Wasps back line led to seven first half goals for Skinner-Allen, Chivers and last yearís top goal scorer Alfie Hill. However despite the abundance of goals the quality of football being played was not as high a standard as the Wolves can play. Whilst the passing game showed signs of improvement, the Wolves seemed to be content to be second to the ball in the majority of competitive encounters which allowed the Wasps to begin to sneak back into the game.
The second half started with 3 substitutions. Off came Captain Daniel Thorne, left back Adam Hill and Jakarta Allen Skinner, on came Liam Milton, Lewis Leslie and Ben Cooper. The half started well with Letten and Butterfield taking control of the central spine in the midfield, with Charlie Weston showing good ball control one the right hand side of defence. However, some poor tackling and woeful passing began to unsettle the Wolves and led to the Wasps starting a sustained period of pressure deep inside Wolves territory. The Wolves began to show cracks and started to panic which only led to more pressure, and consequently 3 goals for the Wasps despite some great saves by Jack Wood.
Wolves tried hard to break out, with Chivers working his socks off to alleviate the pressure on the defence, in doing so he created some good chances, unfortunately, all of which were squandered. Sam Garnett came closest with a lovely square ball across the box just needing a tap in, however the ball clipped the bar and went for a goal kick. Allen-Skinner eventually scored the goal of the match to bring his tally to 4 on the day.
All in all a good win, for a team which is currently underperforming. This believe it or not is the sign of a good team, whilst underperforming they can score 8 goals, progress in cup competitions, and take points in the league. Form will come back to us.
A very deserved man of the match goes to Callum Chivers. For total commitment all through the match.
Monday 10th Oct 2016 Wellington Playing Field 1st Pitch Under floodlights
Wellington Wanderers 0 V Wellington Wolves 5
Wanderers started very well in a game which both teams had been waiting in anticipation for. Wanderers put pressure on Wolves right from the first whistle and in all areas of the pitch but could not get through the first line of the Wolves defence, if they did get through they were meet by the ever ready Jack Wood in the Wolves goal who stop Wanderers finding the back of the net. This was the pattern of the first 15 minutes, until a corner for the Wolves ,"who were playing down the slope for the first half" was head superbly by Alfie Hill over the Wanderers keeper Alfie Lane. From then on the game was pretty even with both teams playing very good football at a high temple with Wolves creating the better chances and were rewarded with a second goal . Just before half time Wanderers were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which Noah Brown's shot rattle the cross bar and cleared t safety. 2-0 half time
Wanderers who were missing a couple of key players kicked off the Second half down the slope and played the ball around well without breaking through the wolves defence and from loosing possession Wolves would counter very quickly and had chances to add to the score. Wanderers tried to push forward to get back into the game but big gaps started to appear making it easier for Wolves to attack and added 3 more well taken goals before the end. Both teams played very well in a very entertaining match, which the score does not reflect how close it was. 5-0 final score.
Man of the Match award to Noah Brown how had an excellent game stepping in for Jack Eadie at the back.
Wellington Wanderers 1 Bridgwater Rhode Lane 3
Wanderers started positively , with Rhode Lane lining up very narrow giving Wanderers space to pass the ball around the whole pitch, keeping good shape and possession for the first 10 minutes without creating any clear chances, it was only a wonderful strike on the volley from Ben wardell from range that gave Wanderers a deserved lead. Rhode Lane tried to break through the Wanderers defence but could not match the pace of Jack Eadie at the back for wanderers. A mistake gave Rhode Lane a goal to go in at half time 1-1.
Second half, Wanderers who only had the bare 11 and with Harry Goss playing his first ever game, Wanderers started to tire, lost shape and from this their passing suffered and gaps appeared all over the pitch which made play very easy for Rhode Lane to make lots of attack on the Wanderers goal and if it was not for Jack Eadie , Jago Penberthy , Harry Goss and especially Lewis Bullock in the Wanderers goal and Rhode Lane's poor finishing the score would have been higher. Final Score 3-1 with Wanderers only creating a couple of chances near the end which could of got them back in the game. Man of the Match award to Lewis Bullock.
Things to think and work on this week, shape and our position on the pitch when we have and have not got the ball.
Isle of Wedmore 6 Wellington Wolves 0
After the high of winning last weekend, Wolves were reminded that they are playing in the first division again by a rampant Wedmore team.
The Wolves started nervously yet again, and with unwarranted and unorganised panic the Wedmore side quickly began to play football around the stricken Wolves players.
It seemed that for 99% of the game there were 22 players in the Wedmore team as the Wolves almost continually passed the ball to Wedmore ...who turned each pass into an attack.
This led to mass panic in the Wolves, which led to uncompetitive tackling, which meant that every time the ball was scrambled clear and picked up by a Wolves player, possession was immediately lost.
The game could have gone far worse had it not been for some excellent goal keeping from Jack Wood, who deservedly earnt the man of the match award this week.
We need to drastically improve if we are to survive in this division. We cannot keep turning up and putting out this kind of performance.
I donít mind losing, but I hate giving the other team the game. Which is exactly what we did today.
Next weekend we are playing in the County Cup away to Banwell Juniors. The match is being played on the Sunday (09th) and the kick off time is 2.30pm.
In addition to this we have a game the following day ( Monday 10th ) against the Wanderers in the league. This is an evening match, being played under lights on the first team pitch.
Kick-off is 7pm.
Wellington Wanderers 9 Galmington Dragons O
Wanderers first home game of the season after losing their first league game a couple of weeks ago and despite only having 1 sub, put in a very good performance right from the first whistle. Wanderers should have took the lead in the first 5 minutes with Cameron Atkinson going close twice. Wanderers took a deserved lead through Captain Flynn Smith shaping to shoot one way and scoring in the opposite corner from the edge of the box. Wanderers looked in good shape all over the pitch with Jack Eadie and Jago Penberthy at the back stopping any threat from Galmington, with good play down both wings, down the right Ben Wardell and Jake Butterworth , but most of the play down the left from Reece Vowles, Aiden Trott and Monty Baylis which gave Monty 2 goals to put Wanderers 3-0 up at half time.
Second half Wanderers were in control and now it was only down to how many they would score. Cameron Atkinson added 3, Aiden Trott , Tom Morgan and an own goal making the final score 9-0. With lots of good play and opportunities Wanderers should have scored more and need to make better final passes.Also a fine double save from Lewis Bullock giving Wanderers a deserved clean sheet. Man of The Match awards go to Jack Eadie and Jago Penberthy who were very strong at the back, specially in the last 10 minutes when Galmington broke away from the pressure that Wanderers put them under.
Wembdon Saints 3 Wellington Wolves 6
This is the Wolves second league game of the season. The Bridgwater side has struggled to put out a team so far this season, nevertheless they turned up on Saturday with a full squad and substitutes, whilst the traveling Wolves could muster only a bare 11.
The match started badly for the Wolves who went a goal down early on, and seemed to be lacking in match practice for much of the first half. Had it not been for the endeavours of Callum Chivers and Adam Hill as ever creating problems down the left wing, and a solid performance from Charlie Weston is the defensive midfield position Wolves could easily have found themselves further behind by half time. As it was Jakarta Skinner-Allen had brought his shooting boots with him, and slotted two excellent goals which kept the Wolves hopes alive. By the time the half time whistle blew, Wolves shad rallied and were firmly in control of the game.
After a quick reminder of the match strategy at half time the Wolves went back out a more confident and aggressive team. George Butterfield took control of the centre of midfield, and got involved in some titanic battles. Debutant Ben Cooper and right wing dynamo Lewis Leslie began to click and soon started creating havoc on the right hand side of the park. However it was the efforts of Chivers with some sublime moves down the left which led to selfless square balls into the box that caused the greatest damage to Saints. Three times on the trot a good combination of play from the defence of Daniel Thorne and She Connor Wells led to storming runs down the left and goals for Sammy Garnett and Skinner-Allen.
It was not all one way traffic though, the Wolves on occasion seemed to take their eye off the ball and let Wembdon back in with a couple of well taken goals which were slotted past the otherwise strong performing keeper Jack Wood. Nevertheless, it was Butterfield who sealed the match with a well-deserved goal from the edge of the box.
All in all, a game of two halves. The second being far better performance than the first. The Wolves now need to work on making both halves great.
Men of the match
Jakarta Skinner-Allen for 4 excellent goals, which could have been many more, had luck been on his side.
Ben Cooper for an excellent debut performance.
10th Sept Staplegrove Youth 4 Wellington Wanderers 2
Wanderers faced Staplegrove in their first game of the new season playing 11v11 and 35 minutes each way.
Wanderers started well with lots of good possession, but with moments of panic they managed to hold their shape and the defence held strong.
Wanderers had a couple of long range efforts which was a good tactic against the small goalkeeper and took the lead when Reece Vowles scored from 35 yards. Staplegrove drew level half way through the half, in now a very even game. Wanderers regained the lead with a very well worked goal with Cameron Atkinson being put through down the right wing and a unselfish, excellent cross to Marley Schofield to shoot past the Staplegrove keeper.
Staplegrove drew level just before half time with a long range shot which did not bounce kindly in front of the Wanderers keeper.
Second half, Wanderers did not get out of the starting blocks at all, they lost their shape and did not look like the team from the first half, not getting to any of the loose ball and giving Staplegrove most of the possession . The Wanderers goal had a charmed life it seem for the first part of the second half but it was not long after that Staplegrove took the lead. Wanderers did score again only to be disallowed for offside but looked like it came off a staplegrove player so should of counted. Wanderers still could not get themselves back in the game and with several injury's to key players and a good strike from long range the final score was 4-2.
Maybe the team talk at the start of the game needed to be done again at the start of the second half. Wanderers deserved more from this game after their first half performance and maybe 2 points dropped but if they can keep their shape for the whole game and good debut performance's from Jack Eadie and Jago Penberthy a good season to look forward too.
BridgWater Wolves 2 Wellington Wolves 9
When the whistle blew for kick off I was a bit nervous as I knew I havenít spent a whole lot of time with you since the end of last season. Bridgwater Wolves went straight on the offensive with all-out attack for the first four or five minutes and could easily have gone ahead had it not been for the Jack the cat in goal who pulled off a spectacular save to keep the game level. It was after this that we moved out of first gear and started to plat some great linked up team football. I saw composure on the ball under pressure from Cameron Forrest, who was always looking to lay the ball off to someone in space. George Butterfield and Callum Chivers worked their socks off down the wings and created some great chances will the crosses they provided to Alfie Hill who revelled in the opportunity as a striker. Throughout the game our defence was absolutely solid, with Shae Connor Wells and Daniel Thorne working well as a central team and Adam Hill and Charlie Weston always looking to win the tackle and make a sensible pass afterwards. Even with a few changes at half time the team came out fighting with all of the substitutes making an impact on the game. Callum was replaced by Sam Garnet, George was replaced by Oakley Scribbins, Jack was replaced by Tom Shannon, Charlie was replaced by Liam Millton and Cameron was replaced by Izaac Letten. Oakley seemed to settle well into the left wing position and was eventually to provide the pass that led to debutant Samís goal. Izaac got stuck in, in the middle and even managed to grab a goal himself.The final score ended at Bridgwater Wolves 2 Wellington Wolves 9. However it could have been many more had it not been for Cameron hitting the post twice and some fantastic goalkeeping from the Bridgwater keeper stopping both Alfie and Callumís goal bound headers and shots.
Our goal scorers were:
Hot Shot Alfie Hill with 3 ( all hatricks require the parents to buy a round of drinks) ;)
Doggedly determined Cameron Forrest with 2
Charging Callum Chivers scored another
Awsome Izaac Letten open his score sheet with a great goal
Dazzling debutant Sam Garnet slammed one in as well.
Finally a poor old Bridgwater defender with an own goal.
Daniel Thorne was voted man of the match this week
Wellington Wolves 1 Minehead Town 2
This was the third meeting of the these two teams this season. On both the previous occasions the spoils went to the Wolves. However it is clear from their results that Minehead have been on a parallel upward curve to the Wolves, so the day match promised to be tight and competitive. That is exactly what occurred.
Wellington Wolves played some fantastic football, with committed tackling, composure and clean passing abound amongst the entire team. Minehead soaked all the Wellington pressure up, and hit hard on the counter attack. The Wolves managed to defend all of the Minehead attacks an converted them into attacking opportunities for themselves. However it was in the final third of the pitch that Wellington had all their problems. A lack of composure in front of goal led to miss kicks and weak shots being fired at the Minehead goal. Minehead capitalised on this and against the run of play they went in at the end of the first half 1-0 up.
The second half started with just as much vigour as the first. Wellingtonís hard work was rewarded with a goal from Cameron Forrest floating strike from outside of the box. However the gremlins in the final third had not gone away as Wellington failed to press home their dominance. This proved to be fatal, as yet again against the run of play Minehead scored their second. This sealed the game for Minehead, who went home very happy to take the three points.
Wellington Wolves 1 Isle of Wedmore 7
Wellington Wolves faced an undefeated Isle Of Wedmore A side who have torn everyone apart this season, and are rightfully sitting at the top of the A Division. However the Wellington boys have been playing better since Christmas time and gave their opposition a couple of strong jabs when they last met which left the North Somerset team having had two goals scored against them on their home ground, a feat which none of the other teams at that time had yet managed. So it was with confidence that the Wellington Wolves lined up against the league leaders.
The game started very badly for the home team who found themselves two nil down within only a few minutes of the kick off. Some very soft defending and gentle goals left the Wellington boys reeling and on the back foot. It seemed to take an age for the Wolves to kick start their game. The only reason for this must have been the long layoff during the past few weeks with school holidays and cancelled matches leaving them rusty and a little bit lethargic. It was lucky for the team that Jack the cat Wood was back to his usual form with some spectacular and game saving saves.
Slowly but surely the boys picked themselves up and began trying to play football. It wasnít pretty, but it was strong and determined, which is what they have been working on in training. This seemed to catch Isle of Wedmore out as they began to press for more goals, the Wellington counter attacks exposed their weakness down both wings with Jakarta and Callum having success in forging runs to the edge of the box and some good efforts from Monty as well left the opposition in no doubt that Wellington wouldnít go down without a fight. All the attacking hard work was rewarded with a great move started by Isaac , passing to Callum down the right , a quick jink inside diddled the defender and a great cross to Monty who took his time in placing the shot. The keeper almost saved it, but the ball trickled over the line to leave the score at half time Wellington Wolves 1 Isle of Wedmore 4 .
The second half saw a resumption of a hard and physical but fair game between the two teams. However it would seem that lady luck wasnít with the Wellington side this half as there were four goals conceded, three of whcih in what can only be described as the most dubious of circumstances. Nevertheless special mention must go to Daniel Thorne and Jack Wood for outstanding physical efforts in tackling and shot stopping. Hats should also be tipped to Jakarta Skinner and Shae Connor Wells, for consistent hard work and determination in trying to play football as team players.
Credit must also go to the ISLE OF Wedmore set pieces, with two fantastic goals scored from well-practiced and well-executed corners. All who saw these were very impressed.
The game ended with a 1-7 defeat, however it could be argued that at least 3 of the Isle of Wedmore goals were offside by a long way, and as such, the result would have been 1-4 defeat, which in the view of the coach is probably the right result.
Bridgwater VPR 1 Wellington Wanderers 8
Wanderers travelled to Cannington to play the Bridgwater side and narrowly missed out on there first encounter 8-7.Wanderers started slow with VPR playing the ball round well for the first five minutes but could not get through the Wanderers defence and Wanderers then started to grow into the game and after ten minutes Noah Brown opened the scoring.Wanderers played the ball around well but with most of the play confided to the midfield area,Wanderers caught VPRís on the break three more times before half time with goals from Noah Brown and two from Tom Morgan.half time 4-0.Second half Wanderers looked more in control than they did in the first half and played the ball round with more success, but this also made VPRís more determined to get back into the game,which went from one end to the other.Wanderers came out on top of this battle adding 4 to VPRís 1 goal in the second half.Goal from Cameron Atkinson 2,Noah Brown and Tom Morgan giving them hat-tricks.8-1 Final Score.A good team performance with Man of the Match wards going to Jack Luxon and Reece Vowles in defence and Nesta Whitway-scott and Oakley Scribbins.
Staplegrove 5 Wellington Wolves 1
This week Wellington Wolves faced a Staplegrove team who have only lost twice this season . The last time the teams met Staplegrove put 17 past the Wolves to inflict their worst ever defeat. So the it was with some trepidation, tinged with an air of growing confidence in Wolves performances that they travelled to Taunton.
Unfortunately there were some last minute dramas and hitches before the game, which saw Wellington Wolves put out a depleted strength team. Within the first minute Staplegrove were one goal up, soon after a second went in, and it looked as though history was about to repeat itself. However what happened over the next twenty minutes was a testament to the strength of character and resilience the Wolves are building upon as a team. Despite players being asked to play out of position such as Tom Chandler and Charlie Weston, and a mid-half swapping of roles between Liam Milton and Charlie Weston everyone dug deep and took the game to the home team. At half time the score read Staplegrove 4 Wellington Wolves 0. However as anyone who was there will testify, the only difference between the team was that Staplegrove were more clinical in front of goal than Wellington. It could so very easily have been 4-4 at half time.
The second half saw a couple of tactical changes from Wellington which seemed to work as for the vast majority of the second half Wellington were in command, however as ever Staplegrove proved how good they are on the break by scoring an against the run of play goal mid-way through the half. I donít think that Staplegrove had any other chances in the second half, whilst Wellington kept the pressure up with some great passing and determined tackling throughout the team. Nevertheless Wellingtons composure and luck in front of goal seemed to deserted them this week. There were some close shaves with both Adam Hill and Jakarta Skinner coming close on a number of occasions. The Wellington goal came from a great series of passes between Charlie Weston & Jakarta Skinner which provided Callum Chivers with a well-deserved goal. When the final whistle blew the second half could be counted as a 1-1 draw.Man of the Match Charlie Weston .
It would be true to say that the score doesnít reflect the game, and that the boys should be proud of the way they dug deep in freezing conditions and took the game to Staplegrove. The team were complimented by a number of the Staplegrove parents who made the effort to come over and express their pleasure in how much we have improved since we last met, some even admitted that we played a better quality of football than their own team, and that it was only luck that allowed them to win.
Bridgwater Wolves 0 Wellington Wolves 6
This weekend Wolves travelled to Bridgwater to play there postponed game against the bottom of the league side.
In there first encounter with them Wolves walked away with an 8-3 victory, however that game was a game of 2 halves where Wolves dominated the first half and gifted the Bridgwater club the second.
This weekend Wolves played on a brand new 3G surface, and I have to say that I considered to be probably the best and most consistent surface we have played on yet.
Wolves performances just keep getting better and better. This Saturday was a fantastic team performance.Bridgwater started spritely and they too have improved significantly since we last met. However Wolves overcame some strong physical challenges and some fast play by a couple of individuals by communicating well and working for each other as a team. Yet despite dominating the majority of the game for the first half Wolves went to half time only 2 goals up. The half time talk was about trying not to rush things in front of goal,Wolves were told to settle down and promised that if they did, then goals would come. I asked for more than 2 more goals in the second half, and the boys didnít disappoint. This weekend I wanted Wolves to be trying to do more than just be happy kicking the ball whenever it came in their direction. I have to say that what I saw was 14 boys trying their best to do what I asked of them, and trying to play for want of a better phrase ď proper footballĒ.
Goals came from Jakarta Allan-Skinner 3,Callum Chivers 2 & Monty Baylis 1 Man of the Match Adam Hill.
Wanderers & Wolves progress to Second Round
Isle of Wedmore 0 Wellington Wanderers 7
Wanderers played Wedmore on a very windy Saturday morning in the Taunton Youth League Cup.Wanderers played against the wind and found it difficult to get out of their own half but worked the ball well and a fine shot by Noah Brown gave them an early lead to settle any nerves.Most of the play was confined in the Wanderers half because of the strong wind but their goal was not threaten by Wedmore and Wanderers created 4 good opportunities to increase their lead.1-0 half time.Second half with the wind on there side Wanderers expected to extend their lead but only added 1 more goal in that first 10 minutes from Tom Morgan.Again chances went begging and Wedmore battle hard.With 15 minutes to go Wanderers started to take their chances with Tom Morgan adding 2 more and Noah Brown 3 more.7-0 final score a good display by all the Wanderers players with Flynn Smith taking the Man of Match ward who stopped most things in front of defence and linked well with the front line.
Wellington Wolves 3 Minehead Town Youth 2
The game was played on a greasy surface, however it was the same for both teams. Wellington were the dominant team throughout the first half. Every time Minehead tried to break out Shea-Connor Wells and Daniel Thorne dealt with it with composure and skill. Adam Hill and Callum Chivers are starting to gel well together and are looking for each other. Wolves played some excellent football in the first half. I would even go so far as to say Wolves tried to over play it sometimes. By half time Wolves were 2-1 up and cruising. Could have been more if Wolves had put away a penalty and a couple of goal mouth scrambles.
The second half saw some substitutions, Alfie Hill in for Isaac Letten in the centre of midfield, and Tom Shannon in for Jack Wood in goal. The game continued in a pretty even manor, Jakarta Allan-Skinner thought he has scored his second hat trick in row, only to see Callum Chivers head the ball which was goal bound anyway into the net. Shortly after that Callum Chivers passed the ball to one their attackers in our goal mouth, who tapped it in to make it 3-2.
What followed was a frantic 5 minutes of the panic and miss kicks of the past, caused mainly by Tom Shannon not being able to get the ball much further than the edge of the box from goal kicks, nevertheless the boys hung on and we ended it with a well-deserved victory.
Minehead Town Youth Under 11ís 1 Wellington Wolves Under 11ís 3
Wellington Wolves travelled on the back of a fantastic pre-Christmas performance against the league leaders Wedmore to Allerford to face their first opposition of the new year. The wind was howling and the rain was driving, neither put the boys off what can only be described as another fantastic performance. Wolves dominated from the start, with some inspired linked up play between Cameron Forrest, Jakarta Skinner, Isaak Letten and Monty Baylis causing no end of trouble with the Minehead midfield and defence, hard work was rewarded with the ball in the back of net off Jakartaís boot, however by half time Minehead had scored an equaliser against the run of play.
The second half started nervously for Wellington, however the boys soon got over that and put the Minehead defence under constant pressure. Minehead didnít give up though and sought to break out quickly which saw some close shaves in the Wellington goal. However two further goals which came from the passing and vision man of the match Cameron Forrest and the deadly boot of Jakarta Skinner put the game beyond the home team. The Wolves have shown that they can do it when they need to, long may it continue. Very well done.
Report by Kevin Forrest
Despite the score line the Wolves actually tried to play football. Everyone tried really hard. George Butterfield and Charlie Weston both had good games. As did Adam Hill. Izaak Letton fitted in well in the holding role. So overall Wolves did well.Tone Youth are a good side and Wolves gave them some trouble at times going forward. Wolves did get a little bit shoved around on the ball though as Tone Youth are a strong and physical side.6-0 at half time.Second half Wolves got a goal through Callum Chivers and the man of the match was voted unanimously at the end of the match forJack Wood, his shot saves were great, most of the goals came from long range and into the top of the net.
Wellington Wolves 8 Ė Bridgwater Wolves 3
Ruishton 2 Wanderers 2
Wanderers started well and had most of the posession with good passing moves and were rewarded with a goal from Noah Brown.Wanderers continued to have most of the play but were caught on the break a couple of times which were both well saved by Alfie Lane in the wanderers goal.Noah Brown added a second goal for wanderers but Wanderers missed several more good chances.Ruishton were unlucky not to get a goal back when they hit the post at the end of the first half.Second half Wanderers continued to dominate the play but could not score Ruishton had two shots in the whole of the second half which both found the back of the net.Wanderers had more very good chances but put them wide.Wanderers deserved a lot more from this good performance. 2-2 final score.
Wolves 0 Isle of Wedmore 10
Wolves players played a really good and committed defensive game. They even threatened to score at times for most of the first half. It took Isle of Wedmore a good 15 minutes to break the deadlock, and to be fair we gave them that goal, their second was a good goal, their third was offside by a country mile. They scored another two before half time, one good goal, and another which also looked offside making it 5-0 at half time.The second half saw another two offside goals scored, and another two good goals. The Wolves keeper had a moment of madness which cost us a goal.Wolves were getting tired and started to chase the game which led to a few poor passes and panicís in the goalmouth. However put alot of efforts in this game despite the 10-0 score line.
Isle Of Wedmore 0 Wellington Wanderers 8
Wanderers at last find form putting on a very fine and strong display.Keeping good posession right from the start.Cameron atkinson making several good runs down the right side and you could see a goal was on the cards at some point.Wanderers also looked strong at the back with Nesta Whiteway-Scott playing just in front of the back to wining most of the ball.Wanderers took a well deserved lead through Noah Brown after about 10 minutes and then added a second with a well taken header from a good cross.Cameron Atkinson made it three before half time.Second half Wanderers continued there good play.Nesta Whiteway-Scott deserving his Man of the Match award for wining everything in the front of defence and the Wanderers goal was only threatened a few times.At the other end Wanderers continued to score with 3 more goals from Noah Brown 1 more for Cameron Atkinson and the last a well struck shoot from Reece Vowles 0-8 full score.
Wellington Wolves 2 Galmington Dragons Raiders 8
Galmington Dragons Raiders arrived with a fast and well drilled team and exploited their speed to great effect. Galmington used long accurate diagonal balls for their speed merchants to chase, unfortunately our defence were almost always second to the ball, thus leaving a number of one on ones with Wolves Jack Wood. Jack did his best to narrow the angles when the strikers and prevented what could have been a high scoring first half. In the second half Galmington adapted their play and shot early or chipped Jack when the broke through and scored a number of goals from the edge of the box to score a number of goals.The Wolves seemed to be a bit lacklustre, nevertheless they created a few good chances which saw Jakarta Skinner plant a lovely header from an excellent corner delivered by Callum Chivers into the net midway through the first half. Jakarta was later to score the teams second goal, which again can only be described as a quality strike. These however were the only quality strikes for Wolves in this game. Whilst they created chances, they regularly found themselves coming off second best in tackles and missing their chances in front of goal again. Man of the match Jack Wood.
Wellington Wanderers 7 V Bridgwater VPR 8
Wanderers started well and both teams looked well evenly matched,both teams created chance which VPR took first.Wanderers responed with a well struck shoot from Cameron Atkinson but a few defensive errors and well taken shoots Wanderers fell behind .If Wanderers had taken the chance they had created could have been in the lead but could not hit the target and by half time were 4-1 down.With a good talking to at the half time interval Wanderers started the second half with more confidents in front of goal and within 10 minutes were 5-4 up with goals from Tom Morgan(pen),Cameron Atkinson 2 more(3 total) and Noah Brown.But then Wanderers started to push forward to much leaving a big hole between the defence and the rest of the team which VPR took advantage scoring 4 quick goal back with one being a penalty making the score 8-5.Wanderers again missed chance like the first half,eventually Noah Brown got his second and Cameron Atkinson his 4th which set up a tence finish but ran out of time to equalize 7-8 final score. Man of Match Cameron Atkinson
Tone Youth Hornets 10 V Wellington Wolves 1
This week a depleted Wolves team faced arguably their toughest opponents in the division, Tone Youth Hornets. The Hornets are an accomplished attacking force, however they have historically been susceptible to break away goals . With this in mind Kev set the team up in the rather unusual formation of 1 4 4, the intention was to resist the Hornets onslaught and hit them hard on the break out.
Initially the plan looked to have gone catastrophically wrong as within ten minutes the Wolves were 3 - 0 down and heads were staring to drop. A quick swap of positions putting Jakarta Skinner in the centre of defence alongside Shae Connor Wells and moving Izaak Letten from the centre of defence to the centre of midfield seemed to stem the flow and settle the team a little, and after a while the boys started to play some nice linked up football. On one occasion Monty Baylis ran into trouble on the right wing, he used his head passed the ball backwards which was then passed across the defence and came out on the left wing. Some nice link play between Adam Hill and Charlie Weston led to an attack which although nothing came of it seemed to bring the heads up, and soon after that Jakarta Skinner placed a great long distance shot straight into the Hornets net. What followed was a bit of an all-out Hornets attack, which was dealt with almost adequately by the defence, however the Wolves seemed determined to place themselves under the cosh by poor midfield positional play from goal kicks which meant that the ball always ended up in the Hornets possession, eventually this led to 2 further goals. Although these goals were conceded for no reply, the score didnít really reflect the chances the Wolves had to reign in the Hornets. The tactic of hitting on the break was the right play to make, however on several occasions we squandered which can only be described as sitters in front of goal, had Wolves taken their chances the half time score would have probably been 5-4, however it wasnít to be and the teams went in at half time with Hornets 5-1 up.
A slight change in the line-up after half time saw Liam Milton coming in at right back for George Butterfield, the 4 man midfield was reduced to 3 with Monty Baylis tasked with sitting just in front of the midfield as a kind of defensive forward. This seemed to work as for the first 10-15 minutes the Wolves matched the Hornets in skill and attacking efforts, however the lack of killer instinct in front of goal cost Wolves dear with another bunch of sitters missed. As expected the Hornets kept their attacks coming, and is a single 5 minute spell scored 3 almost identical goals. The Wolves defence failed to press the player when a ball passed from inside of the Wolves box to a waiting player on the edge saw three great strikes hit the net. This led to a drop of the heads for a while which led to further midfield positional mistakes, and again the Hornets benefited from goal kicks not reaching Wolves midfield players, and consequently 2 further goals.
It would be true to say that despite the score line, the Wolves displayed periods of passing and team play which I was very proud of, and had they taken the chances they created with that play we may not have won the game, but the score line would have been far far closer.
Things to work on this week:
(1) Midfield positioning from goal kicks
(2) The consequence of becoming a spectator in midfield when we lose the ball
(3) One on ones with the keeper
Man of the Match
Callum Chivers for never stopping running and trying to bring the game back to us
Tone Youth Wasps U11's 3 Wellington Wanderers U11's 1
Wanderers started well and the game flowed with both sides playing good football.Wellington were playing the slightly better football but wre not creating any clear cut chances and fell behind after 10 minutes but hit back 10 minutes later with a well struck shot from the edge of the box through a crowd of players into the bottom corner from Flynn Smith ,1-1 half time.Second half was much the same with both teams missing chances but a slip from the wanderers keeper with the ball ending in the back of the net from a corner.Wanderers put lots of pressure on the Tone Youth side but could not find the final ball to get a goal back.Tone Youth score again right at the end 3-1 final score. All wanderers players played well with 4 players playing there first league game Noah Brown,Marley Schofield,Reece Vowles & Nesta Whiteway-Scott. Man of Match Flynn Smith
Wellington Wolves U11's 6 Wembdon U11's 5
Wolves started very well with good passing and communications between the players and soon found themselves 5 goals up with only 1 goal against, goals came from Izaak Letten 2 ,Cameron Forrest,Monty Baylis & Callum Chivers scoring straight from a corner 5-1 half time.The second half was a completely different story with a combination of Wembdon changing there formation and Wolves pushing to far foward and started to conceed goals,Wolves pulled players back to help out and managed to hold on with Wembdon scoring 4 and Wolves scoring 1 through Callum Chivers in the second half, 6-5 final score. Man of Match
Wellington Wolves V Tone Youth Hornets
Wolves got off to a slow start,mis-timing tackles and lots of miskicks.The only thing they did with success was clear the ball from the back but this did not relieve the pressure from a very strong and organized Tone Youth side and soon found themselves 3-0 down at half time.Second half Wolves started to play a bit better but it was a bit to much to ask against a strong side and went 4 behind,they did strike back straight away with a good move finished well by Charlie Weston and looked like they could have added more but ran out of time.
Wellington Wanderers V Staplegrove Saints
Wanderers started well and put lots of pressure on Staplegrove and came close several times only for the ball to be cleared but finally from a clearance Jack Luxon scored from long range and moments later a good move lead to Flynn smith hitting the post 1-0 half time.Second half was much like the first but could not get the second goal which left gaps at the back and Staplegrove capitalized and scored a good goal.Wanderers pressed again but could not get the winner final score 1-1.Went to Penaltys Staplegrove won 4-1.
We were beaten by an Wembdon side, nevertheless the boys all took it in their stride and came back fighting for the final and decisive game. We knew we needed to beat Galmington Dragons by more than 2 goals to secure a place in the final. The boys delivered with 2 for Monty Baylis and 1 for Cameron Forrest for no return.
Overall man of the match award went to Alfie Hill again as he has showed great maturity and hardly lost a tackle.
Jakarta Skinner and Charlie Weston also need to be mentioned in dispatches as they both put in what I consider to be their best performance for a long time.
Wolves V Spaxton
Wolves who have a full squad started fast in matches of only 10 minutes one way.Two quick goals settled them down with some good play but Spaxton got a goal back to make it a close finish.2-1.
Wanderers V Minehead Marines
Was a close run affair with not many chances 0-0.
Wolves V Galmington Falcons
Was very close with wolves pinching a goal against a very good Galmington side 1-0.
Wanderers V Bridgwater VRP Eagles
Wanderers got off to a great start and continued it till the end 5-0.
Wanderers V Wolves
Was a very exciting game with wanderers creating the better chances and having more of the possesion but wolves did catch them on the brakes a few time.Neither side could apply the finishing touch 0-0.
Wanderers V Galmington Falcons
Galmington who looked strong but wanderers passed the ball around well and looked very solid at the back not concedeing any goals so far in the tourament.Again could not get the ball in the back of the net,squandering chances 0-0.
Wolves V Minehead Marines
Minehead who had played well against wanderers were starting to loss there way and wolves were to strong 2-0.
Wanderers V Spaxton
Wanderers who new they needed a win to finish in the top two played against a spaxton side who were beatable started strong and again solid at the back but again squandered chance after chance and looked very tyred come the end 0-0
Wolves V Bridgwater VRP Eagles
This game was a formalility for wolves having already qualified top.They created lots of chances but looked like they were never going to finish inthe back of the net.finally got two near the end 2-0
Wanderers needed Minehead to beat Galmington in the last game to give them a chance,Minehead whet 1-0 up but could not hold on and galmington scored twice
Wolves qualified for the Cup & Wanderers qualified for the plate next round.
Staplegrove Saints 5 Wellington Wolves 2
Wolves who were missing a couple of key players,really did not get going after a long break of 13 weeks without a game.They were second to the ball and mis-kicking a lot against a side who were up for the challenge. The score would have been a lot more but for good goal keeping from Jack Wood.Goals came from Cameron Forrest and Ben White.
Staplegrove Sinners 2 Wellington Wanderers 3
Wanderers who saw wolves struggle were more determind and past the ball around well.A close game was finished with a good run and finish by Flynn Smith with the two other goals from Tom Morgan following up twice from powerful shots by Charlie Sharland.
Staplegrove Sinners 2 Wellington Wolves 2
Wolves second game was much like their first, they looked sluggish and could not get things going which found them 2-0 down at half time.Second half saw Wolves show how they could play with more determination,strong in the tackle,first to the ball and without jumping in like the first half they got two quick goals back from Charlie Weston and Alfie Hill.In the end they were unlucky not to pinch a win.
Staplegrove Saints 1 Wellington Wanderers 4
Wanderers started fast as like their first game with two quick goals from Cameron Atkinson and Tom Morgan then added a third with a well worked goal finished by Charlie Sharland.Saints scored from long range to get them back in the game but this was extinguished by Flynn Smith scoring straight from a corner kick.
Wanderers and Wolves played the best game of football I had seen them play,with the game being played at a fast pace and going from end to end.Nothing could set the two teams apart,only Jack Wood's fine goal keeping stopping wanderers who had the best of the chances.Even a powerful strike from Charlie Sharland was pushed away.It was 1-1 at half time and only a late goal from Wolves separated the two side at the end.
Wanderers 1 Wolves 2
Wellington Wanderers & Wolves suffered there first defeats of the season.
Wanderers started well,playing there best football of the season so far.With some good passing moves which give them the lead and could have added another moments later,only being cleared off the line several times.Tone Youth Hornets got rewarded when the ball slipped from the keepers hand.Wanderers could have added two or three more but went in at half time 1-1.Second half Wanderers began to tire against a strong hornets side conceding an own goal and another scrappy goal at the end of the game.Final score 1-3.
Wolves could not get things going and did not play with there usual flowing football,only good defending and goal keeping stopping Tone Youth Wasps.Final score 0-0.
Wolves second game against the stronger Tone Youth side Hornet,Wolves took a surpries early lead and began to play a little bit better with good defending and saves keeping the score 1-0 at half time.Second half Wolves where under a lot of pressure and had trouble clearing the ball which lead to two second half goal for the Taunton side.Final score 1-2.
Wanderers second game showed they where the better side,creating plenty of chance but only going in at half time 1-0 up.Second half was much the same and only being 1-0 up one slip could see them lose the lead but managed to hold on for the win.Final score 1-0.
Wellington U10's Played there first Home match of the season against Taunton North
Wining all four games against a strong Taunton Side.
Wolves played first,showing good passing of the ball and rewarded with two goals but Robins the away team pulled one back before half time.Second half saw Wolves add two more goal with Monty Baylis getting his third of the game.Final score 4-1
Wanderers played Lions who looked the better of the Taunton North sides and went 1-0 up.Wanderers hit back before the end of the half.Second half saw Lions take the lead when a well struck shoot was well saved by keeper Alfie Lane only for the rebound to go straight to a lions player.Wanderers again draw level with a long range shoot going through several players legs and ending up in the corner of the goal,Wanderers put the pressure on and scored a minute from time through Mason Corner's very first goal for the team. Final score 3-2.
Wanderers played again against Robins and showed they where the stronger side taking a 1-0 lead before half time and adding two more in the second half.Final score 3-0
Wovles second and the final game of the morning started well taking a 2-0 lead but let things slip and by half time the visiter where level.Second half was close with Wolves missing the best chances but finally Monty scored giving Wolves the win and him 5 goals in the two games.Final score 3-2
Ruishton Rebals 0 Wellington Wolves 5
Ruishton Rebals 1 Wellington Wanderers 5
Wolves started where they left off in there last game with some good following moves but missed lots of opportunaties,eventually scoring which open the gates and went in half time.second half added 2 more.
Wanderers got off to a great start with a great move for the first goal and 2 more quickly followed.Second half the oppsition started to get into the game and created two or three chances getting a goal back, but wanderers responed quickly with two more goals before the end.
Wellington Wanderers & Wolves U10's play there first game in the TPSMINI league away to Galmington 19th Oct 13
Results Galmington 1 V Wellington Wolves 7
Galmington 0 V Wellington Wanderers 3
Galmington 1 V Wellington Wolves 3
.Galmington 1 V Wellington Wanderers 3
Wolves got wellington off to a great start showing all the training we had done pre-season was paying off,with great passing and team work leading to some well worked goals.
Wanderers did'nt shown such good passing,but with great determination and hard work and one good move lead to the first goal set them on there way.
Wolves second game- did not show the great passing they had shown in the first game but where still the stronger team.
Wanderer second game was much like the first,went 2-0 up but Galmington got one back and made it close until we got the third.
Wellington U8's V Bishops Lydeard at Bishops Lydeard 14th Jan 12
Wellington's first game back after a long Christmas break,Which they continued where they left off wining all four games.
Wellington Wolves 5 Bishops Lydeard Pumas 2 Scorers:-Jakarta Skinner,Cameron Forrest,Ben White & Monty Baylis 2
Pumas got off to a good start,Shea-Conner Wells made a good save only for the rebound to be put in the net.Jakarta scored only for pumas to score before half time 2-1.Wolves showed they where the stronger side adding four goals in the second half from Cameron,Ben and 2 from Monty,one from a tight angel.
Wellington Wanderers 1 Bishops Lydeard 0 Scorer :-Jack Wood
Wanderer created lots of clear cut chances but only converting 1 from Jack and the second half was much the same.
Wolves 7 Panthers 1 Scorers:-Jakarta Skinner 4,Cameron Forrest 2 & OG
Wolves thought they got off to the best start when Jakarta shoot hit the roof of the net and coming back out and not being given,luckily better luck followed with goals from Jakarta twice,Cameron & a OG before half time.Second half Jakarta got his hat-trick and then a fourth.Panthers got a penalty when Shea-Conner pick up the ball thinking he was still in goal but he did see the funny side.Cameron scored the last just before the end.
Wanderers 8 Pumas 1 Scores:-Ben Wardell 3,Max Edgecombe 2 & Flynn Smith 3
Wanderers got off to a great start with the best goal of the day,a good passing move followed by a run down the wing and good cross by Flynn and volled in by Max.Wanderers continued there good play adding goal another from Max ,a hat-trick from Ben and a solo effort run the length of the pitch and scoring from a tight angle from Flynn with only 1 goal in reply for Pumas at half time.Second half saw Flynn add 2 more to get his hat-trick.
Next Game 4th Feb Away at Wembdon
Coach Steve Smith Back row-Cameron Forrest,Jakarta Skinner,Cameron Atkinson,Oliver Bride,Tom Morgan,Flynn Smith,Ben Wardell,Ben White,Jack Luxon
Front Row-Jack Hemmings,Charlie Sharland,Jack Wood,Alfie Lane,Monty Baylis,Max Edgecombe,Thomas Mansfield
Wellington U8's played there last game in the Tony Pryce Sports Mini League,
Putting on a brilliant display in all areas of the pitch away to Galmington Dragons winning all four game,finish an excellent season:-Played 42,Won 28,Drawn 8,Lost 6,Goals for 108 & Goals against 50
Wellington V Galmington Dragons 24th March Away
Wolves 3 Eagles 0 scorers Jakarta Skinner,Ben White & Cameron Forrest
Wanderers 3 Falcons 0 scorers Charlie Sharland,Jack Luxon & Cameron Atkinson
Wovles 4 Falcons 1 scorers Ben White,Jakarta Skinner 2 & Cameron Forrest
Wanderers 4 Eagles 1 scorers Flynn Smith,Charlie Sharland,Ben Wardell & Jack Luxon
Wellington V Wembdon 17th March 12 Away
Wanderers 2 Saints 1 scorer Charlie Sharland 2
Wolves 2 Dragons 0 scorers OG & Ben White
Wanderers 1 Dragons 1 scorer Charlie Sharland
Wolves 1 Saints 3 scorer Cameron Forrest (pen)
Wellington V Staplegrove 10th March 12 Away
Wanderers 3 Saints 0 scorers Cameron Atkinson,Ben Wardell & Flynn Smith
Wolves 1 Sinners 0 scorer Monty Baylis
Wanderers 2 Sinners 1 scorer Ben Wardell 2
Wolves 3 Saints 0 scorers Cameron Forrest,Jakarta skinner & Shae-conner Wells
Wellington V Bridgewater VPR 25th Feb 12 Away
Wolves 3 VPR Eagles 2 scorers Cameron Forrest,Jakarta Skinner & Ben White
Wanderers 2 VPR Hawks 2 scorers Tom Morgan & Jack Luxon
Wolves 5 Hawks 3 scorers Cameron Forrest 2,Ben White,Jack Wood & Monty Baylis
Wanderers 1 Eagles 1 scorer Ben Wardell
Wellington U8's V Bridgwater Wolves at Home at the playing field 3rd Dec
Wellington Wanderers 3 v Madrid 1
Scorer Max Edgecombe ,Charlie Sharland,Jack Luxon
Wanderers controlled the game from the start with Max Edgecombe scoring first and Charlie Sharland adding a second before half time.Wanderers continued there good play with a goal from Jack Luxon before Midrid scoring at the end.
Wellington Wolves 3 v Milan 2
Scorers Cameron Forrest,Jakarta Skinner,Shay-Conner Wells
Wolves held there own against a good Bridgwater side and took the lead through Cameron Forrest and then Jakarta Skinner,Bridgwater hit back with 2 second half goals,Wolves had plenty of chances and finally score through Shay-Conner Wells.
Wolves 3 v Madrid 3
Scorers Jakarta Skinner,Ben White 2
Wolves where in game that went from end to end,Bridgwater score first with wolves hitting back through. Jakarta Skinner.Wolves again going behind but getting a goal back straight away through a good goal by Ben White.Ben White scored again only for Bridgwater to draw level
Wanderers 3 v Milan 2
Scorers Ben Wardell,Charlie Sharland and an OG
Wanderers played well passing the ball around scoring first through Ben wardell.second half Bridgwater got a goal back,Wanderers had plenty of chances to increase there lead putting Bridgwater under pressure ending in an own goal.Bridgwater struck back in an end to end game,Bridgwater conceeded a penalty (hand ball) which Flynn Smith struck well only for the keeper to save well but only to put in the path of charlie Sharland to score.
Next game away to Wembdom 17th Dec
Wellington Wanderers 0 Tone Horents 7
,wellington were hit with a couple of quick goals & heads dropped ,but still created chances but could not score and started to loss there shape
Wellington Wolves 1 Tone Wasp 1
wellington played with much better shaped & again created alot of chances,if could only find the target.good defending from Thomas Mansfield & a goal from Ben White
Wellington Wolves 1 Tone Horents 1
Wellington where under a lot of pressure from a very good tone side & had chances with the game going from end to end,Goal from monty Baylis.
Wellington Wanderers 0 Tone Wasps 0
had most of posession but yet again could not score & much better
shape .good defending from Max Edgecombe
Wanderers 2 Minehead Milan 0 scorer Ben Wardell
Wolves 3 Minehead Inter 0 scores Jakarta Skinner & Cameron Forrest 2
Wanderers 5 Inter 0 scorers Flynn Smith,Tom Morgan 2,Ben White & Charlie Sharland
Wolves 0 Milan 2
Wellington Wanderers 4 Wellington Wolves 1
Wanderers scorers Tom Morgan 2,Flynn Smith & Jack Luxon
Wolves scorer Ben White
Against Culm United at Magelake Meadow,Uffculme Tuesday 6th Sept 2011
Wellington Wanderers 2-Culm United 0 (Charlie Sharland 2)
Wellington Wanderers put on a very good and disciplined performance for their first game against a good Culm side.Alfie Lane was excellent in goal coming out and claiming the ball,Flynn Smith showed very good positional play controlling the back with Ben Wardell both linking well with Tom Morgan,Max Edgecombe in midfield & Charlie Sharland up front,who took he's first goal well from a wide position.Leading 1-0 half.The whole team put good passing moves together as in the first half with Charlie scoring a second.
Wellington Wolves 6-Culm United 0 (Jakarta Skinner 3,Camron Forest 2,Ben White 1)
Wellington Wolves played very well for their first game also against Culm.Starting off with some good strong tackling and opened the scoring when Jakarta Skinner ran the full length of the pitch to score and added a second a moment later.wellington where growing in confidence as the half went on and a good cross was meet with a strong header from Ben White which was saved well my the Culm keeper.2-0 half time.Second half saw Camron Forest score twice and took both goals very well,but wellington started to leave gaps at the back and if it was'nt for last ditch defending by Jack Luxon,Shea-conner Wells and another good goalkeeping display by Alfie Lane the score may have been different.Jakarta and Ben adding two more goals.
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