Western Counties Floodlit Youth League: Wellington U18s 0 Cheddar U18s 3

Our U18s suffered a disappointing home defeat by league new boys Cheddar on Tuesday evening (September 20th).

In difficult, wet and windy conditions, both sides tried their best to play football on a good surface at the Playing Field.

The teams were evenly matched in the early stages, but Wellington thought they had taken the lead when wingback James Clarke finished off a good move only for the linesman’s flag to go up for a very tight offside decision.

Wellington had further chances but, sadly, last year’s failing of not turning possession into goals came back to haunt them. Cheddar took the lead when a mistake just outside the box fell to a visiting player whose fierce shot seemed to catch the wind and wrong-foot the Wellington keeper.

Both sides continued to press but neither could add to the scoreline before half-time.

 Playing down the slope in the second half, Wellington went in search of an equaliser. Chances came and went for them with a good long range shot from Jon Wasey hitting the post and a run and shot by Sean Conway going agonisingly wide.

Sadly, an equaliser did not arrive and Cheddar added a second midway through the half when Wellington were caught out at the back and the attacker calmly finished.

The Wellington lads didn’t give up and continued to battle but the situation got worse when one of their number was given a red card for disputing a penalty claim.

All the subs were brought on to try to find a way back into the game, but Cheddar grabbed a third just before the end.

The Wellington players and officials were naturally disappointed at not being able to build on last week’s excellent result away at Frome, but are aware that this is a tough league and wins will not come easily.