Taunton Saturday League: Wembdon 4, Wellington A 5
This was, undoubtedly, the biggest game of the season so far. Two heavyweights of the division and a Wembdon side which hadn’t lost in 30 games.
Welly travelled without captain and leader Tom Davies and influential midfielder Liam Thorne, both of whom were late, but deserved, call-ups to the reserves.
Yet, while some teams would have folded, the Welly boys took this as an opportunity to step up and play for the shirt. Welly started the game well and were arguably unfortunate to go behind to a well placed header.
But the response was electric and the crowd were treated to some outstanding attacking football from the Tangerine Army as goals from Tom Scarlett, Jordan Sellick and Rohan Poulsom, equally as good as the other, fired Welly into a 3-1 lead, silencing the home support.
Welly expected a huge response from Wembdon and they got one. Throw after throw, cross after cross came into the box. Wembdon made it 3-2 only for inspired substitute Cameron Perry-Jones to dance down the right and fire into the bottom left, restoring the two-goal lead.
What followed looked to be a cruel twist. Two throws into the Welly box leading to two goals and a 4-4 scoreline with less than ten minutes to go. Suddenly there should only have been one winner; the gambling man would have put his mortgage on a 5-4 home win.
And yet, the Welly boys defied the odds again. The ball shifted to Poulsom who, Ronaldinho-esque, teased the defender in front of him and curled the ball in the top right. The away fans erupted. Jasper was on the pitch.
The last eight minutes were played in the Welly box. Throws, corners, crosses – everything was blocked, most impressively by Luke O’Hara’s right pectoral blocking a goalbound shot at the very end.
Jubilation at the final whistle. The locals sent home in disbelief. The Tangerine Army are top of the league.