Western Counties Floodlit Youth League: Wellington U18s 7 Axminster Town U18s 0

Our U18s put in an excellent performance in their third league game last night (Tuesday, September 26th).

Having been disappointed with last week’s result at home to Cheddar, the team were keen to put in a good performance for a very good home crowd.

The game started evenly and both teams had early chances. Wellington took the lead when a fine strike from Sean Conway went in off the crossbar, leaving the Axminster goalie with no chance.

This good start gave Wellington confidence and they continued to press Axminster back. Their efforts were rewarded when Conway raced clear of the Axminster defence, rounded the keeper and scored from a narrow angle.

Despite having a few scares, Wellington’s defence was very solid and well-supported by stand-in goalie Riley Perry. A third goal arrived just before half time when Cez Wisniewski latched on to an excellent pass to beat the offside trap and score with a low drive.

Complacency was now really Wellington’s only risk, but the lads were determined to keep a clean sheet and ‘win’ the second half.

They started in a very positive manner and, following good work by Freddie Margetts, his cutback was smashed into the net by Conway to complete his hat-trick.

The team were now in the groove and the fifth goal was an excellent example of their speed and movement. Fullback Dylan Sellick went on a marauding run down the left hand side, exchanged passes with Margetts, before beating the goalie with a powerful low shot.

They were now peppering the Axminster penalty area and shots were firing in on goal. The Axminster keeper made a good save from a well-hit effort by Jon Wasey, but this proved to be only a temporary reprieve as Wasey had another crack from wide on the right and the ball flew into the roof of the net. T

he icing on the cake arrived a few minutes later when Wisniewski rose highest in the box to drive a powerful header in for the home team’s seventh.

This was an excellent performance from the squad and, although the scoreline was slightly harsh on an Axminster team who battled to the end, it showed how Wellington have improved and can hopefully look forward to a positive season.

Team: Riley Perry, Ben Fowler, Dylan Sellick, Ned Ogilvie, James Clarke, Luke Augustine, Cez Wisniewski, Jack Slatter, Jon Wasey, Sean Conway, Freddie Margetts. Subs: James King, Sam Snook, Ryan Corbett, Reggie Durston, Jack Ellis (all used).

Match sponsor: Graham Sparks Restoration.

Matchball sponsor: Fox Electrical.