Toolstation League premier division: Wellington 4, Welton Rovers 2

The Tangerines made a victorious return to the Playing Field with a dominant display against Welton Rovers this afternoon (Saturday, 17th).

Because we share the ground with the cricket club, we had played our first nine matches away from home.

That run included a 4-1 at Welton and, in the return fixture, we duly completed the double and could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty.

We were on top throughout the first half and opened the scoring after only four minutes. A long throw by skipper Jack Bown-Porter was helped on by a Welton defender and Jake Quick nodded the ball home.

We doubled our lead in the 25th minute with a goal of sheer quality. Sam Towler found Joe Wragg with a great pass, received the ball back well outside the box and sent a blistering shot flying into the top corner.

Welton started the second half at a gallop but it was the Tangerines who increased our lead just after the hour mark.

Jake Quick was put clear with the visitors appealing in vain for offside and he was sent tumbling as he rounded the keeper with Towler scoring the resulting penalty.

Welton pulled a goal back after 73 minutes through Cameron Allen’s low drive but we restored our three-goal lead with six minutes remaining, Jake Quick turning Tom Stone’s goalbound effort over the line.

In a busy finish to the game, Welton scored a second through Jack Jenkin’s volley before we were awarded a second penalty – this time after sub Kelson Pollard was brought down. Towler was on a hat-trick but his spot kick was well saved.

Wellington: Charlie Hawkings, Stefan Phillips, Tom Stone, Jason Quick, Jack Bown-Porter, Joe Wragg, Eli Collins, Sam Towler, Nathaniel Groom, Miles Quick, Jake Quick. Substitutes: Glen Wright, Hasham Ashraf, Kelson Pollard, Sully McKenna (all used); Alex Cherry (not used).

The first team are without a game next week – our next match is home to Clevedon Town on Saturday, October 1st.