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FOOTBALL: Robins move up the table with impressive defeat of Wellington

 

Wellington 0, Bridgwater United 3

Western League Premier Division

STUNNING goals from George King and Tom Llewellyn, plus a twice-taken penalty from Jack Taylor, saw off a committed Wellington side at a sunny Recreation Ground on Saturday, writes Kerry Miller.

The result moves the Robins up to seventh in the table ahead of Friday’s home clash with leaders Tavistock.

It was a workmanlike performance which got better as the game progressed and three second half goals meant that the potent strike force has netted 19 in the last three and a half games since going in three down at half-time at Millbrook.

Dave Pearse and Karl Baggaley were still without Tom Ellis, Dave Thorne and Jake Llewellyn and lined up with Mark Armstrong heading up a strong bench.

But playing down the slope, the home side settled first and former Bishops Lydeard man Douglas Camilo was just too high with a drive from distance.

Duffy influential

Bridgwater took a while to get into any kind of rhythm but once Mike Duffy saw some possession slowly the match turned in their favour and from a long Jake Viney drop-kick Taylor found Duffy who dragged his shot wide.

Mason Raymond blazed the home side’s best chance way over before Llewellyn’s skill created room for King whose effort was held by Shay Allen, a member of the Robins’ youth side last season.

Duffy then got behind the defence to send a cross to the far post, but Taylor’s looped header was cleared off the line with some difficulty around the half hour mark. United were ratcheting up the pressure and Adnan Hiroli was next to test the home defence before Ross Edwards ventured up field and nodded a corner just over.

Wellington showed late in the half that they should still be respected and Viney was forced to tip over a stinging drive from Camilo near the break.

Going down the slope the Robins were always in the ascendancy and after Mark Cornish went on a long run and shot wide, they began to take a grip and goals were always on the cards. Man-of-the-match Duffy tormented the home defence again before his cross found the unmarked Taylor to tap home only for the goal to be chalked off by an offside flag.

King breaks deadlock

Three minutes later the goal finally came. Hiroli and Llewellyn were involved in a midfield move ending with King moving across goal and bending a beauty past Allen just short of the hour mark.

Within ten minutes it was 2-0 and game over as Tom Llewellyn spotted Allen off his line and hit a first-timer from just inside his own half which couldn’t have been more accurate had he placed it there. It was a goal of sheer class and up there with anything Beckham accomplished and will be enjoyed on social media for some time.

Unsurprisingly it squeezed the life out of Wellington and Pearse took the opportunity to give some game time to Archie Sturdy, Nick Woodrow and Jacob Spence, now happily recovered from his shoulder injury.

Deep into time added on Jack Taylor was brought down in the box and, with Jake Llewellyn still sidelined, he had the chance to make it 17 for the season from the penalty spot. His first effort hit the post, possibly with a slight touch from Allen, but the was off his line and the retake was rolled into the opposite corner to make it 3-0 and job done.

Bridgwater: Jake Viney, Ross Edwards, Harry Durant, Adnan Hiroli, Jordan Greenwood, Harry Horton, Mike Duffy, Morgan Williams, Jack Taylor, George King, Tom Llewellyn. Subs used: Jacob Spence, Nick Woodrow, Archie Sturdy. Unused: Mark Armstrong, Ryan Brereton.

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