Wellington clinch promotion to premier division

By Mark Pritchett in Football

WELLINGTON will be playing premier division football in the Toolstation League next season and clinching promotion on Easter Monday when they beat Chard Town 3-1 at home before a good sized crowd, writes Barry Knott.

The three points guarantees them a top-two finish - and they are still handily placed to become champions.

Wellington’s victory over Chard also meant they completed the season unbeaten at home in the league.

"That’s something I’ve never achieved," said Wellington manager Clive Jones who enjoyed plenty of success with Willand Rovers before joining Wellington two seasons ago.

"The players have achieved this, not me. I am only here to provide guidance.

"I’m not only pleased for the players, who have worked very hard, but also for the club and supporters.

"Now I want to take them into the premier division. All we can do is try our best."

Wellington opened up a two-point lead over main title rivals Hengrove Athletic after Monday’s victory and both teams have two matches to play. Wellington play away to Malmesbury Victoria (ninth) on Saturday and away to Radstock Town (seventh) the following weekend.

Hengrove, who have a better goal difference than Wellington, are home to Almondsbury UWE (22nd) and away to Westbury United (tenth).

Meanwhile, Hemyock are away to Lyme Regis in Division Six of the Devon and Exeter League on Saturday, while Wellington Third play away to Bickleigh Reserves assured of finishing third in Division Seven. Wellington Reserves have completed their fixtures.

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