Western Counties Floodlit Youth League: Wellington U18s 0 Yeovil Town U18s 1

Our U18s put in another excellent performance in the fifth league game on Tuesday night.

The team were full of confidence after last week’s comprehensive victory over Wells, and were keen to put in another strong performance for a very good home crowd. The game started evenly and both teams had early chances. Wellington matched their opponents in every aspect of the game and kept the dangerous Yeovil frontline under control.

In truth, chances for both teams were limited, and although Yeovil hit the bar from a freekick, there was nothing to choose between the sides and it was goalless at half time. 

Wellington started the stronger after the break and took the game to their opponents.

They forced a succession of corners but just couldn’t find the finishing touch.

Yeovil took the lead 15 minutes into the second half, against the run of play, when a break down the right flank resulted in a simple finish for their centre forward. 

Wellington didn’t let their heads go down and continued to press their opponents back.

They nearly equalised when Dylan Groves rose highest in the box to head the ball towards the goal – it only needed a final touch, but the Yeovil keeper dived on the ball and the chance was gone.

Despite forcing their opponents to defend desperately, Wellington just couldn’t grab the goal their play deserved.

It is a mark of how far the team have improved that the players slumped to the ground in disappointment having been narrowly beaten by the pre-season favourites for the league title.

This was an excellent performance from the team despite the defeat and it still keeps them joint top of the league at this early stage.

They will be looking to getting back to winning ways when they visit, Chard Town, on Tuesday, October 31st, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Team: Sam Harcombe, Dylan Groves, Dylan Sellick, Ned Ogilvie, James Clarke, Luke Augustine, Cez Wisniewski, Jack Slatter, Jon Wasey, Sean Conway, Freddie Margetts Subs: James King, Sam Snook, Jack Ellis, Leo Manners-Fonteyn (used); Ryan Corbett (not used as injured warming up)

Matchday sponsor: Jack Lewis Electrics.

Matchball sponsor: Connor Sellick Fencing.