Stitch2Print Devon & Exeter League division one: Wellington Reserves 0, Hatherleigh Town 1
It was another game of many missed chances as our Reserves suffered an odd-goal defeat by Hatherleigh Town at the Playing Field.
Playing their first game in over three weeks since winning away at Exeter Uni, the Reserves started well on a very heavy pitch.
But, after 20 minutes, Hatherleigh had a speculative shot from just inside the box from a narrow angle which stayed low and went through Charlie Hawkings in goal.
Wellington had a great chance to equalise 10 minutes later when Rohan Poulsom collected the ball, wentaround the keeper and only had to put it into the net but somehow managed to hit a defender sliding on the line with the ball deflecting on to the post.
Wellington kept pushing and, as the game drifted towards half-time Wes Poulsom collided with one of the Hatherleigh players who pulled him to the floor. Unbelievably, Poulsom was shown a straight red and the Hatherleigh player was sin binned.
Wellington made some changes at the break and dominated the second half with again many chances being missed.
Hatherleigh deserve some credit for the way they defended in the second half and threw themselves at every challenge or block in the box.
The Reserves now have a three-week break and need to work on converting missed opportunities into goals for the second half of the season.
There was better news from our A team who will be top of the table for Christmas after winning 4-2 away to Bridgwater Sports with goals from man-of-the-match Tom Scarlett (two), Alfie Hill and Connor Porter.