HEREFORD Pegasus prevailed from the Herefordshire derby coming from behind to beat 10-man Wellington 2-1.

Cameron Peters settled the tie with a 58th minute header in the hotly contested in which Wellington played 51 minutes with 10 men.

"We'll take three points and it's three wins from three now so we'll go marching on," said Pegasus joint manager Dave Cadwallader.

"There was a bit of everything and we should have won the game five or six-one with the amount of chances.

"In the end we made hard work of it and since we scored at 2-1 up we sat on our laurels a little bit and invited the pressure on which was nerve wracking.

"We had a similar sending off at Malvern, it's unfortunate is what I would say."

A tight first 30 minutes saw both sides have opening with Jack Lewis going closest rattling the post with his header.

Wellington were reduced to 10 men on 39 minutes when Sam Pearson was given a straight red for a foul on Lewis.

After weathering a spell of Peggy pressure the visitors opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time with Paul Jones sliding home.

However, Wellington were ahead just four minutes into the second half when Pegasus were awarded a controversial penalty for handball.

Harrison Summers' cross hits an arm and from the resulting spot kick Carlos Moreira fired his penalty home to level the tie.

Pegasus struck again and were ahead after 59 minutes with Cameron Peters beating the goalkeeper to a cross and heading his side in front.

Rob Whitlock should have equalised for the visitors after Jones played a pin-point ball to his team-mate but his effort lacked conviction and was saved.

At the other end Harrison Summers had the chance to seal the points for Peggy after running clear and then turning his man but saw his effort saved by Matt Apperley.

As time ticked away tensions boiled over and a host of Wellington coaching staff were booked and one player who had been substituted was given a second yellow card.

"It all hinged on a few moments that I don't think the referee handled very well," added Wellington manager Jon Pugh.

"It's not very often I walk into the changing room after the game and don't know what to say to my players because it seemed to be one sided (referee decisions).

"You can do everything you can to try and win a game but sometimes if you're fighting against a lost cause then you're not going to get a result.

"You can't blame Pegasus for anything that's happened today, they got on with what they were doing and won the game.

"They took the advantages they were getting, it's just a very difficult game to play."

Speaking about the red card incident in the first half, Pugh added: "It's a difficult game to play when a player of ours if just trying to block a ball and he's just slid past the player and the lad has gone down rolling around.

"It might be a free-kick but I'm not sure and then we're down to 10 men.

"We score and looked comfortable and then he's (the referee) has given what I've heard wasn't really a penalty either.

"Very rarely have I talked to a referee assessor after a game and he's said exactly the same as what we were thinking.

"For me that's a bad place to be as a referee. I don't understand the mentality of a referee coming into a game, picking a team and just supporting one."