A GOAL right at the death saw battling Wellington bow out of the Somerset Premier Cup at the quarter-finals stage in Bath on Wednesday.

Despite being without a host of regulars, the Tangerines worked their socks off against Larkhall who play at a level above them in the South Division of the Southern League.

They were within three minutes of a penalty shootout when the hosts’ late winner foiled their hopes of landing a home semi-final against Taunton Town.

The line-up included teenage keeper Charlie Hawkings, Danny Wordsworth making his first start and Connor Noble, their only sub, who came on after 32 minutes for the injured Gabriel Plant to make his first team debut.

Wellington played up the slope in the first half and defended magnificently.

It was a similar story after the break with the hosts repeatedly frustrated in their efforts to break the deadlock.

Wellington had an opening of their own when Glen Wright’s header was saved by keeper Arthur Nasta.

They then came agonisingly close to taking a lead as Ryan Brereton’s long range volley smacked against the bar with Nasta beaten.

Welly’s resistance was finally broken after 87 minutes when Harvey Pritchard skipped past a defender before drilling home the winner.