Wellington put the boot in as Welton come up short
Welton Rovers suffered a reality check in Toolstation Division 1 when they fell to a 3-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Wellington.
Ryan Gay created the game’s first real attack with a pin-point cross to Dan Scrivens, but his shot was palmed away by Wellington keeper Jake Viney. Welton continued to press and another good move saw Billie Cooper head inches over the bar.
The home side finally woke up and Rovers keeper Dan Tamblyn did well to deny Corrie Lewis before Welton suffered a setback after 15 minutes when Barry Sandquest limped off.
Andy Butler should have put Wellington ahead when he was given acres of space in the Welton box but somehow skewered his shot past the post. Rovers had another let off soon afterwards when a cracking shot from Nicky Ford thumped against the bar.
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The home side were not to be denied, though, and Joe Chamberlain met a cross from the right with a diving header to put them ahead after 35 minutes, despite the visitors’ appeals for offside.
Jack Metcalf hit the post for Welton just before the break but Wellington got their second ten minutes into the second period when Scott Holland headed home a corner.
Rovers’ heads did not drop and Gay saw an effort go wide, while Bradley Partner volleyed against the bar. At the other end, Tamblyn pulled off an outstanding save to deny Holland.
Welton pulled a goal back with five minutes to go when Gay turned home a corner after a goalmouth scramble but the hosts’ quashed any hopes of draw with their third goal in stoppage time. Kyle Bassett broke free of the visiting defence to wrap up the points.
In the Premier Division, Radstock Town suffered an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat at the hands of bottom side Barnstaple Town, with Russ Jones grabbing the only goal of the game.
The Miners’ Bob Medjeboulo had the only chance of the first half but was denied by visiting keeper Adam Fuller, while Issac Reid missed further chances for Radstock as the second half got under way.
Jones then put Barnstaple ahead against the run of play and, although Cameron Brown and Martin Leniham went close to drawing Town level, their hopes of a point ended when Jibari Nguzi was sent off with ten minutes to play.
Premier Division high-flyers Bishop Sutton kept up their challenge on two fronts with a 3-0 Les Phillips Cup second-round success at lower-league Westbury United thanks to a hat-trick from Darren Hawkins.
The sides were evenly matched throughout the first half but Hawkins finally broke the deadlock ten minutes after the restart.
The goal eased Sutton’s nerves and they were able to take control in the closing stages as Hawkins put the game beyond Westbury with two further strikes.