Toolstation League premier division: Wellington 0, Exmouth Town 3
Title hopefuls Exmouth Town completed a win treble over Wellington before a bumper crowd at the Playing Field.
The Devon club – currently second in the table behind Tavistock – had already won at their ground in both the Les Phillips Cup and the league and made no mistake in the third meeting.
It was a big day for the Wellington club with more than 40 past players attending a reunion and everyone present showing their support for the people of Ukraine.
A raffle and collection raised £265 for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal, Exmouth wore their yellow kit and there was a minute’s applause before kick-off (photo below) for both Ukraine and to remember those who had passed away during the pandemic.
On the pitch, the final scoreline rather flattered the visitors as Wellington matched them for long periods.
But the difference was Exmouth’s clinical finishing while Tim Legg’s side have now gone four games without scoring.
It was nip and tuck for the opening half-hour before a disputed opening goal. A low shot was turned over the line by Dan Cullen before the assistant raised his flag for offside but, after consultation, the referee awarded the score.
Exmouth doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart as the ball was flicked through to Levi Landricombe and, although he didn’t get a clean connection, his low shot rolled past keeper Shay Allen and into the net.
Legg threw on all three subs which brought Wellington to life and Douglas Camilo saw a goalbound shot blocked – appeals for handball was turned down – before Nathan Byrne brought a full length save out of keeper Robbie Powell.
But Landricombe scored his second of the game – and fourth in the three meetings between the clubs – in the final minute after a miscued clearance by Allen.
Wellington: Shay Allen, Mark Cornish, Tom Stone, Jason Quick, Josh Champion, Glen Wright, Sam Towler, Miles Quick, Nathan Byrne, Josh Baker, Jake Quick. Substitutes: Douglas Camilo, Jordan Casey and Eli Collins (used); Scott Merritt and Mason Raymond (not used).