Stitch2Print Devon & Exeter League division one: Bow Athletic 4, Wellington Reserves 2

A frustrating afternoon for our Reserves, who paid the price from an opening 12 minutes which gifted the opposition a three-goal lead with their direct approach.

Indecision and naivety needed to be addressed, which resulted in the Tangerines getting a goal back from the penalty spot – won and dispatched by striker Rohan Poulsom on 28 minutes.

More chances were fashioned but spurned as remarkably Wellington could and should have been level at the interval.

The second half started with another goal conceded and the mountain to climb even more challenging. The home side, spurned on with vocal support, fashioned two more opportunities with stand-in keeper Connor Noble making some superb stops.

Probably the best free-flowing move of the game resulted in Poulsom getting in at the far post to slot home and this set up an end-to-end final 25 minutes with both sides probing for more goals.

Luke Perry and Poulsom had glorious opportunities to achieve parity and, at the other end, some last ditch defending kept the hosts at bay.

Coach Adam Watson’s introduction in the final ten minutes almost proved successful, providing quick and decisive passing which was otherwise intermittent all afternoon.

Positives for the club were under 18s Joshua Sibanda and Ned Ogilive making an impact with their introductions off the bench and they will strong contenders for inclusion in the line-up away to current table-toppers Winkleigh next Saturday.

Man of the match: Connor Noble.

Team: Connor Noble, Mark Owen, Dylan Groves, Lloyd Manning, Wes Poulsom. Tom Davies, Amauri Ruiz, Oli Nott, Jordan Sellick, Luke Perry, Rohan Poulsom. Subs: Ned Ogilive (for Nott), Joshua Sibanda (for Sellick), Adam Watson (for Ruiz).