Wellington seem doomed after defeat against St Ives

By Barry Knott in Rugby

WELLINGTON will almost certainly be relegated from Western Counties West at the end of the season.

Their faint hopes of avoiding the drop ended on Saturday when they slumped to a 49-5 home defeat against St Ives.

It was a particularly disappointing result following Wellington’s 10-6 away victory over Sidmouth the previous weekend – a win which should have provided them with confidence going into the game against the Cornish side.

Mathematically, they can still stay up but they are now seven points adrift at the bottom of the table with only two games to play - both away.

Burnham on Sea and Bude are the teams immediately above them and they would have to lose their remaining games while Wellington would have to win both their last away matches to stand any chance.

Wellington chairman John Dunbar said afterwards: “Obviously we’re all naturally disappointed at the club.

“It’s been a season where we’re not always had the rub of the green. We have put ourselves in a position in matches where we should have got something, but come away with nothing. But at the end of the day the table does not lie.”

It all went wrong for Wellington in the first half against St Ives when they trailed 41-0 at the interval.

“We were never at the races,” said coach Allyn Chetland. “We contributed to our own downfall. We had our moments but we threw them away.”

Wellington’s two remaining games are away to St Austell on Saturday and Crediton.

Meanwhile, Wiveliscombe put themselves in with a real chance of promotion in Somerset Premier by beating second-placed Oldfield Old Boys 17-13 on Saturday.

It means they are now only one point behind the Old Boys and will be looking to keep up the pressure when they play away to 11th placed St Bernadette Old Boys this weekend.

The only disappointment against Oldfield was the fact the visitors collected a bonus point which could be crucial at the end of the season. Wivey, however, have a superior points difference.

Wellington 2nd XV are home to Yatton 2nds in Somerset One on Saturday while Wiveliscombe 2nd XV are home to Burnham in Somerset Two South.

Wellington’s relegation means they will almost certainly be

playing in Somerset Premier next season.

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