Sodbury beat fellow strugglers
Chipping Sodbury Town 3-1 Wellington AFC
SODBURY recovered from their disappointing start to 2020 to record their second win in three league games with a fine 3-1 home victory over fellow strugglers Wellington AFC.
The Sods ended 2019 on a positive note, taking all three point in a 2-1 win against Roman Glass St George, a win that moved them away but not clear of the relegation battle. They were bought back down to earth by fourth-placed Shepton Mallet on the opening fixture of the new decade, adding making the Wellington game a must-win six pointer.
The hosts struggled with the conditions playing into a strong wind in the first half and creating just a couple of half chances. Wellington used the wind to good effect and dominated possession, and when Sodbury failed to clear a cross from the left, Harry Hamblin was on hand to slot home from inside the penalty area with a low shot on 23 minutes.
As the half progressed Wellington began to rely on the long throw-in, which initially caused panic but they overused the tactic and the predictability allowed the Sods to clear the danger with relative ease. Archie Watts was in fine form between the posts and cleared his lines on numerous occasions.
The second half began with Wellington on the offensive, clearly aware that the conditions would play a major part as the game progressed. Sodbury weathered the storm, using the wind at their backs to great advantage and they dominated the final 35 minutes. They levelled through Luke Burman on 65 minutes when he struck from the edge of the area following a period of intense Sodbury pressure.
Dan Brown, on as a second-half substitute, struck the crossbar just three minutes after the equaliser with a 25 yard effort that left the keeper grasping at thin air. Just four minutes later he rose above the Wellington keeper at a corner, with the resultant loose ball falling to Jack Moore, who fired home to give Sodbury the lead.
Wellington were unable to cope with Sodbury’s passing and energy levels and with just five minutes left Jack Parker added a third goal for the hosts. Parker was sent clear with a precise clipped pass into the penalty area where he found himself one on one with the keeper calmly passing the ball into the corner of the net.
The three points moved Sodbury to 18th place in the Toolstation Western Premier League, 5 points above Wellington. They remained there despite a 3-0 home defeat to third-placed Exmouth on January 18.
Picture: Jack Parker scores Sodbury’s third goal. Photo: MJR Photography