Derby dates make for a tough Easter, says Jones

By Barry Knott in Football

TOP of the table Wellington face two crucial football derbies in Division One of the Toolstation League over the Easter period.

They are away to Bishops Lydeard on Friday and home to Chard Town on Monday, both games kicking off at 3.00.

“I think we have the toughest Easter of the top sides,” said Wellington boss Clive Jones yesterday. “Whatever happens I’m especially proud of the lads. On Monday we will be trying to maintain our unbeaten league record at home – that’s something I’ve never done as a manager.”

Wellington beat struggling Calne Town 4-0 at home on Saturday and this enabled them to open up a two-point lead at the top of the table because title rivals Hengrove Athletic could only draw 1-1 at home against Ashton & Backwell.

“Our game at Lydeard will be tough because we beat them at home and they will obviously be looking to gain revenge,” added Jones. “Lydeard’s manager Brett Andrews is a friend of mine and I’ve every respect for what he has done at Lydeard.

“This is their first season in the league and they have shown themselves to be a very good side. We follow this on Monday with another hard game against Chard who we also beat away earlier this season. Games against Chard are never easy and we expect the same.”

Goalkeeper Connor Sidley-Adams and Jack Taylor are set to return to Wellington’s squad but Mitch Woodgate’s fitness is in doubt.

Wellington’s last two matches of the season are both away - to Malmesbury Victoria (Sat, April 22) and Radstock (April 29).  

Wellington Reserves, safe from relegation in Division One of the Devon and Exeter League, are home to bottom side Bickleigh on Saturday (3.00) while Hemyock are home to Central FC in Division Six.

Wellington Thirds are without a match this weekend and end their season with an away fixture against Bickleigh Reserves in Division Seven on Saturday week.

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