Wellington face Cheddar in top of the table clash

By Barry Knott in Football

WELLINGTON will go back on top of the first division in the Toolstation League if they beat leaders Cheddar at the Playing Field tonight (Mar 15, 7.45).

Only one point separates the sides, with both having played the same number of games.

Wellington lost 1-0 at home to Hengrove Athletic in the second round of the Les Phillips Cup on Saturday but manager Clive Jones was happy with his side’s performance, but obviously not with the result.

“We both played well and the result could have gone either way,” said Jones afterwards. “What was particularly disappointing was the state of the pitch.

“It should have been rolled but they said it was too soft. I felt sorry for both teams. And it was not fair on the supporters.

“In the end the match was all decided on one mis-hit shot in the second half. We had chances to win it, particularly in the second half.

“I don’t want to make the pitch an excuse but I was having to tell

players to do things I don’t want them to do.”

Wellington and Cheddar played out a 1-1 draw earlier this season and Jones believes it will again be close.

Scott Drayton, who has been injured and Conor Bryant (ill), both missed Saturday’s home defeat but could be back in contention for a place in Wellington’s side tonight.

Wellington have another home game on Saturday when they play Wincanton Town who are lying ninth in the table and drew 2-2 at home against Warminster Town over the weekend.

Wellington Reserves, who are still uncomfortably close to the relegation zone in Division One of the Devon and Exeter League, are away to Exmouth Town Reserves who are mid-table.

Hemyock, who played well against Royal Oak in the semi-finals of the Devon Intermediate Cup (see report inside), are home again against Halwill Reserves in Division Six, while Wellington Thirds are away to Bickleigh Reserves in Division Three.

Milverton Rangers will be looking to get back on the winning trail when they play at home to Dulverton Town in Division Two of the Taunton Saturday League.

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