Toolstation League premier division: Street 4, Wellington 2
Depleted Wellington went down to their second defeat in five days at soggy Street tonight (Wednesday, March 15th).
The Tangerines, whose unbeaten run was ended by Falmouth Town on Saturday, had all three Quick brothers unavailable while injured midfielder Ryan Brereton was still missing from the starting 11.
The two teams had served up a dull 0-0 draw at the Playing Field last month and, although the first half was more entertaining, it looked like being goalless again at the break.
That was until Street stunned the visitors with two goals in two minutes on the stroke of half-time.
They took the lead when a long ball over the top saw Korey Andrews run through to shoot past keeper Shay Allen and, almost immediately, they doubled their advantage when Jake Mawford – brother of former Wellington player Craig – curled a shot past Allen.
That left the Tangerines with a tough job on their hands but they reduced the arrears in spectacular fashion early in the second half.
They were awarded a free kick at least 25 yards out and Eli Collins sent an unstoppable dipper over keeper Jason Hutchins and into the net.
That got their tails up until Street scored a third after 73 minutes as Wellington only partially cleared a cross from the left and Mawford pounced to drive home his second of the game.
It looked like that would be that until the visitors pulled another goal back in the final minute when Jamie Nicholson scored with a fierce drive into the roof of the net.
The referee signalled six added minutes but Wellington’s hopes of a grandstand finish were dashed almost immediately by Andrews also netting his second goal of the night to seal the points.
Wellington: Shay Allen, Lloyd Tucker, Tom Stone, Alex Cherry, Jack Bown-Porter, Sully McKenna, Glen Wright, Eli Collins, Nathan Byrne, Alfie Clark, Jamie Nicholson. Substitutes: Zeph Collins and Tom Burt (used); Stefan Phillips and Ryan Brereton (not used).
Next up for Wellington is their first trip to Torpoint Athletic in Cornwall on Saturday.