Toolstation League premier division: Clevedon Town 5, Wellington 0

Wellington’s young side were no match for unbeaten Clevedon Town whose victory at the Everyone Active Stadium yesterday (Saturday) took them to the top of the table.

Manager Richard Cherry was missing a string of senior players, who were either injured or unavailable, and his makeshift line-up included a welcome return in midfield for Kieran Ireland after he broke his leg back in August.

But the writing was on the wall as Clevedon went ahead after only seven minutes when the ball was slipped through to Elliot Nicholson on the right of the box and he drove low past the diving Rhys Williams.

The hosts doubled their advantage midway through the half when the unmarked Caleb Selway was given time from eight yards to pick his spot and fire into the roof of the net.

The Tangerines then had their best spell of the game with Jacob Pickavant and Ireland both shooting just wide but Clevedon struck twice in quick succession before the break to make it 4-0. On both occasions, Williams blocked shots but Sam Beresford and then Sol Kent converted the rebound.

That double strike virtually killed the game although Clevedon did manage a fifth after 69 minutes, another rebound off Williams being converted by Alex Camm.

The Tangerines will look to end a run of three defeats when they host Ilfracombe Town at the Playing Field in the Les Phillips Cup on Wednesday, ko 7.45pm.

Wellington: Rhys Williams, James Cottrill, Lewis Jennings, Mark Cornish, Ryan Hibbert, Jacob Pickavant, Flynn Smith, Josh Lukins, Ryan Brereton, Kieran Ireland, Tom Burt. Substitutes: Sol Barclay and Shay Allen (both used).

Photos courtesy of the Around Wellington news and sport website.