COVID Cup: Stogursey 1, Wellington A 2

Welly A went into this game knowing a win would put them into second place and through to the finals v Staplegrove.

Welly came out of the blocks fast and hard and, two minutes in, some clever play by Cameron Perry-Jones, Rohan Poulsom and Wes Poulsom saw Thomas Scarlett tap in to put us 1-0 up.

In truth, after the goal neither side created much in the first half except for a deflected long-range shot from the Stogursey centre midfielder to make it 1-1.

There were a couple of changes at half-time for Welly, as is normal in this cup.

The game continued to plod along with both teams not really creating many chances until Welly were rewarded a penalty in the 65th minute, goalscorer Scarlett blazing over.

This seemed to fire up both sides and a few tasty tackles ended with two red cards produced, one for each side.

Stogursey seemed to cope better at first with the extra space in midfield and started to press Welly back. Then, with ten minutes remaining, Welly seemed to finally move out of first gear and pushed Stogursey back, winning successive corners and a few half-decent shots to test the goalkeeper.

But then up stepped young Perry-Jones, who got control on the edge of the box, got the ball out of his feet and smashed it into the top corner.

Welly held tight and boxed clever for the remaining two minutes to see themselves through.

So, overall, the boys were far from their best but got the result they needed.

We go again for the final this Saturday, May 22nd, on the Astro at Taunton’s Castle School with a 4pm kick-off.