Wellington face Albion in cup quarter-finals

By Barry Knott   |   Sport reporter   |
Friday 7th January 2022 7:00 am
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Back row forward Cam Venn is on his travels.

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WELLINGTON have been drawn at home against South West One rivals Bridgwater & Albion in the quarter-finals of the Somerset Cup, the tie to be played at the Athletic Ground on February 5 or 6.

However, the match could be played in mid-week if Wellington can get their floodlights working properly.

"The tie will attract a big crowd and we know that Bridgwater like to play some of their games on Fridays, particularly against local rivals North Petherton," said Wellington coach Allyn Chetland.

Wellington beat Bridgwater 13-10 away in South West One on the opening day of the season and followed this with a 26-20 home victory over Petherton.

But their form has dipped in recent weeks, mainly because they have been unable to field a settled side.

Meanwhile, with the big Boxing Day game against Wiveliscombe having been called off, Wellington will not be in action until tomorrow when they play at home in the league against third-placed Chew Valley who have lost only two of their 12 matches this season.

"Obviously, we must look to start fielding a settled side," added Chetland. "It’s very difficult when you have to keep chopping and changing. But the lads who have come in have done us proud. Looking back, results have not been what we would have liked recently. But it is our first time in South West One and it has been a learning curve. And there have been lots of positives.

"I think with a little bit of luck we could have won two more games. But that’s the way it goes. There are lots of good teams in this league."

Wellington 2nd XV, whose match against their Wiveliscombe counterparts on Boxing Day was also cancelled, return to action in Somerset One tomorrow, when they play away to Nailsea and Backwell 2nd XV.

WIVELISCOMBE, who have also suffered a loss of form recently in Western Counties West, play again on January 8 when they meet Burnham on Sea at The Rec. Top of the table Wiveliscombe 2nd XV are away to third-placed Wells Seconds in Somerset One.

WELLINGTON’S back row forward Cam Venn is now in Mexico on his travels, but Wellington are fortunate in that Trae Gosling has returned to the club.

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