Somerset County Women’s League division two: Wellington Ladies 3, Crewkerne Rangers Ladies 1
Our Ladies completed the double over Crewkerne in their first match of the season at the Playing Field yesterday.
There was a very dramatic start to the day, due to the allocated ref contracting Covid, leaving the team with last-ditch effort to find cover.
Once all of that was sorted, they were set to play.
Wellington had no room for complacency following their victory against the same opponents away, when they won 2-0 with a nine-strong squad (and at one point down to seven) against a team who had a full bench of replacements
Wellington started with a conviction which they maintained right through to the final whistle.
Sixteen minutes into the game, Charlotte Holder made a beautiful cross to striker Tash Hole, who struck it well on target but the effort was saved by the keeper.
A clumsy handball by Crewkerne’s defence gave Wellington a penalty just before half-time. Unfortunately, the keeper read Sheldon Hancock’s intentions and saved it.
Shortly after that, Crewkerne had their break and scored with a shot after a throw-in – Morgen Tuckett got her fingers to it, but the ball went overhead.
The second half saw Wellington return with a vengeance.
The team played well, stayed on track, and were rewarded with three goals in 35 minutes.
A fantastic build-up play, passing from the back, found winger Chole Walker, who assisted Tash Hole’s first goal with a fantastic run.
With the new found belief that they were back in the game, Wellington wanted more and, 24 minutes later, Abi Cotter slotted a goal between the keeper’s legs with an assist from Tash.
With a few minutes left on the clock, Tash scored the final goal with an assist from Charlotte Holder.
Wellington were fortunate to have one sub more than the opposition, making a nice change, and there were debuts for Karen Green and Kerry Beckett.
Player-of-the-match was Georgina Reeves who, along with Kelly Dinning and the rest of the back, kept a good strong line of defence.