Welly in despair but Wivey cock-a-hoop

By Barry Knott in Rugby

WELLINGTON and Wiveliscombe could be heading in the opposite direction in the coming weeks – one down and one up, writes Barry Knott.

Wellington are facing relegation from Western Counties West a

fter losing to fellow strugglers Bude 22-15 at the Athletic Ground on Saturday.

It has left them six points adrift at the bottom of the table and with little chance to save themselves with only four more games to play.

“It’s a backs to the wall job now,” said Allyn Chetland who has been caretaker coach since the sacking of Laurence Ovens in November.

Wellington’s chance of avoiding the drop have also been dealt a blow with a news that skipper and No 8 Dan Moore has a knee injury and will not play again this season. He limped out of the game against Bude as did veteran scrum half Tim Jenkinson with an ankle injury.

“It is not good to have two such experienced players sidelined especially in the predicament we’re in,” added Chetland. “Now it’s all hands to the pump.”

Not only was the Bude result bad for Wellington but Crediton, who are also in trouble, beat Truro 20-16 over the weekend.

With three of their last four games away, Wellington would appear to have no hope of retaining their status in Western Counties. Their last fixtures are: Sidmouth (away), St Ives (home), St Austell (away) and Crediton (away), in that order.

Wiveliscombe, on the other hand, have won their last six matches in Somerset Premier and are very much in the promotion mix.

They are fourth and playing some of their best rugby of the season. They are four points behind second placed Oldfield Old Boys, both sides having played the same number of games.

Much will hinge on the game between these two sides at The Rec on Saturday, April 1. Wivey’s other fixtures are: Nailsea & Backwell (away), St Bernadette’s OB (away) and Stothert & P (home).

Neither Wellington nor Wiveliscombe have first team game this coming weekend.

The only local side in action on Saturday are Wiveliscombe 2nd XV who are home to Bridgwater & Albion 3rd XV in Somerset Two South.

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