Stitch2Print Devon & Exeter League division one: Wellington Reserves 3, Ottery St Mary Reserves 1
After winning the last three games and sitting third in the table, it was another tough game for our Reserves against an Ottery Reserves side who could go above the Tangerines if they won their games in hand.
Manager Mark Owen made two changes from last week’s winning team, bringing back the Poulsom brothers, Wes after serving a three-match ban with Rohan starting up front.Ottery started the better team with Wellington struggling to get into the game and giving the ball away too many times in the first 15 minutes.
As the hosts seemed to be getting into the game and creating better chances, Ottery broke and, from a cross, their centre forward was unmarked in front of goal to head home – not the start Owen and the team wanted.However, this setback seemed to galvanise the Wellington lads and they started to take control of the game.
From a corner, the ball fell to skipper Tom Davies 15 yards out and he smashed it past everyone and into the roof of the net for a deserved equaliser.
Wellington still had more joy to come with the game drifting towards half-time. Sam Poole chased down a cross into the box and with Poole, a defender and the keeper all descending on the ball, the defender knocked it into his own net to make it 2-1 to Wellington at the break.
The second half stated even with Ottery relying on the speed of their front three to try and get back into the game but the Wellington defence stayed solid to keep them at bay.
With Aaron Hawkings now taking control of midfield, backed up by Poole, it was a fine move which led to a third goal for the Tangerines.
Rohan Poulsom controlled a fine flick-on from Alfie Barrett in the box, glided past a defender and knocked a fine shot past the keeper from ten yards.All Wellington had to do was stay solid as a team and see out the last 25 minutes against a strong team to keep their winning run going. Team: Charlie Hawkings, Ned Ogilvie, Dylan Groves, Connor Noble, Tom Davies, Wes Poulsom, Aaron Hawkings, Sam Poole, Luke Perry, Oli Nott, Rohan Poulsom. Substitutes: Alfie Barrett, Dom Healey, Lenny Old (used ); Mark Owen, Tom Hawkings (not used).
Thanks to matchball sponsor Dave Harper Plastering and man-of-the-match sponsor Jamie Currie’s Driving School.
Our A team are still top of their table despite losing 4-2 at home to Galmington Reserves.
Their scorers were man-of-the-match Jordan Sellick (pictured below with coach Matt Groves) and Tom Scarlett.