Crucial games ahead for struggling Wellington

By Mark Pritchett in Rugby

BOTTOM side Wellington face a must-win game away to Torquay Athletic in Western Counties West on Saturday, writes Barry Knott.

Wellington will be chasing their second double of the season, having beaten Torquay 24-19 at the Athletic Ground in November.

“Obviously every game from now on is important," said Wellington’s caretaker coach Allyn Chetland yesterday.

“We’ve had a fortnight to get over a few knocks and the lads are confident they can come away with a result.

“We should be able to field a near full-strength side and one or two of the lads who played for the seconds over the weekend will be in contention.”

Wellington, who have only six games remaining, are among five sides in relegation trouble, the others being Crediton, Bude, Burnham on Sea and Tiverton.

Three teams are likely to be relegated and Wellington have some work to do if they are going to avoid the drop.

After Torquay, Wellington’s remaining fixtures are against: Bude (home), Sidmouth (away), St Ives (home), St Austell (away) and Crediton (away), in that order.

Wellington 2nd XV, who have been impressive since the beginning of the New Year, are home to Old Bristolians who are two places below them in the table.

Wiveliscombe, who gained a remarkably big 49-10 home victory over Bridgwater & Albion 2nd XV on Saturday, are home to sixth-placed Hornets while their 2nd XV are away to Minehead Barbarians 2nd XV in Somerset Two South, whose first team are topping Somerset One and looking got bets for a return to Somerset Premier.

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