Heartbreak for Welly chairman Smith following late winner

Aaron Morgan struggled in front of goal for Wellington.

Paul Jones set up Wellington's first goal against Stourport Swifts.

Josh Hunt wins an aerial challenge for Wellington.

Ben Thomas (right) scored both of Wellington's goals.

Wellington boss Derek Williams was a dejected figure following the game.

Wellington captain Andy Price holds off a Stourport player.

Aaron Morgan cuts through the Stourport defence.

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CHAIRMAN Phil Smith saw his dreams of seeing Wellington get to the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup for the first time in their history crash before his very eyes.

A goal deep into injury time by Stourport's Karl Fellowes broke the villagers' hearts just moments after Ben Thomas looked liked he had earned a replay for Derek Williams' side.

It was only the second time in Wellington's history that they had got to the preliminary round of the world's most famous competition.

"It is disappointing that we didn't hey the draw and take Stourport up to their place, but that is football," said Smith, who ironically predicted prior to the game that Wellington would win 3-2.

"I kick every ball, especially in the last 10 to 15 minutes, and I thought the boys came into it really well.

"They battled really hard, I could not have asked for any more.

"All I ask is that they play for the club and that is what they did.

"We had a good crowd with a lot of people coming for the first time.

"The village is changing all the time.

"We have got people in the village coming to watch us and it is good when the boys put on a good show."

A win would have banked Wellington £1,925, money which Smith acknowledged would have come in very handy.

"It is not that easy to run a football club these days and it would have been a lot of money to keep it going," said Smith.

"We pride ourselves on not owing anyone any money and we pay our way."

For large periods of the game, both teams struggled to truly test either goalkeeper and a stalemate looked on the cards.

But that all changed just over 20 minutes from the end when Stourport opened the scoring.

Jamie Hyde fed Gary Walker, whose shot squirmed past Wellington keeper Cristian Manciu.

Within 10 minutes though, Wellington were level when Ben Thomas expertly headed home from a Paul Jones inswinging corner.

But Wellington's joy turned to despair just minutes later when Stourport regained their lead.

Hyde was again the provider, with his cross being converted by John Griffin.

The stuffing seemed to be knocked out of Wellington, but remarkably they found great tenacity to again level just a minute from the end.

A scramble in the Stourport penalty area eventually saw Thomas poke the ball home to grab his second goal of the game.

Thomas was mobbed by his team-mates, with the Wellington bench jumping for joy and punching the air in delight.

But before they could start planning their trip to Stourport for a mid-week replay, up popped Fellowes to grab the eventual winner with virtually the last kick of the game.

Wellington manager Derek Williams said the players were gutted at the end.

"We came back twice in the game and gave it away," but that's football," said Williams.

"You think with the last goal we scored, we would have just shut up shop with just a minute left.

"We just have to keep going now.

"Stourport are a good footballing side and like to play it along the back, but we were letting them play.

"They tended to go long ball, but you have to sit back.

"But I thought we were dealing with them quite well.

"After conceding the first goal, we did well to get back into it with a Ben Thomas header.

"Then a defensive slip let them back it it, before we scored again.

"We just have to pick ourselves up, but we'll be alight."

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