Wellington suffer heaviest West Midlands League Premier Division defeat

Shawbury United 8 Wellington 1.

DEPLETED Wellington suffered their heaviest ever West Midlands League Premier Division defeat at the in-form Shropshire side.

The game got off to a dreadful start for Wellington who conceded twice inside the first five minutes.

“There were two defensive mistakes for the first two goals,” said Wellington chairman Phil Smith.

“And if you make a start like that then you are defending for the rest of the game.

“Shawbury are a good side. They are very quick over the ground and they tore us to pieces.

“It was one of those days when every shot hit the target and they were all quality goals.”

Wellington trailed by five goals at the interval and conceded three more before Saul Thomas bagged a consolation near the final whistle.

“We were not at our strongest but the players showed plenty of spirit and the fact that we scored the final goal shows that we kept going right to the end,” said Smith.

“It was a disappointing day but, when it’s like that, you just have to stick in and endure it.”

Penncroft 2 Leominster Town 2. LEOMINSTER Town’s pick-and-mix side could have bagged all three West Midlands League Division One points but, by the end, one was just as sweet.

With top-scorer Terry Williams in goal, Mark Rusling’s smartly-taken volley shot Town into the lead on the half-hour as the Briarwood Boys put in one their best performances of the season, driving forward as relentlessly as the rain.

It took a disputed penalty to put Penncroft level on half-time.

And both sides played tit-for-tat attack over a keenly-contested second-half with much of Town’s game made by man-of-the-match Josh Griffiths, pressed into a midfield role he soon claimed as his own.

Luck again seemed to have deserted Town when Penncroft took the lead with around 20 minutes to go. But Sam Thomas capped another sterling display in side-footing home a Sam Pearson cross, setting up a nerve-wracking run to the final whistle.

l BRACES from Becky Gummery and Nichola Wheadon led Pegasus to a 5-2 victory at Ludlow in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Women’s County League.

Sam Bishop also hit the target for unbeaten Pegasus, who led 4-1 at half-time in Sunday’s match played on Ludlow’s 3G pitch.

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