Game 16: Bishops Lydeard 0.0 Wellington (Western 1)

Game 16: Bishops Lydeard 0.0 Wellington (Western 1) 14.04.17

A bank holiday Friday meant an earlier than normal departure down the A303 which worked out well, arriving at the well marshalled car park on the edge of Bishops Lydeard half an hour before kick off. This was a local derby with the visitors at the top of the table by 2 points from Hengrove and there was a big crowd of 225 at the game. The programme highlighted the work going on at the ground with only two sides available for spectators. The far side was being prepared for a new stand and had a trench down the sideline while the far end was close to some trees. The weather was overcast but it remained dry throughout.

The game itself wasn’t a great spectacle. Wellington had the better of the play in the first half but neither keeper had much to do. The only real pressure on the home keeper came from a couple of long throws into the box. There were a couple of shots wide or over the bar at both ends. The second half was better as the game started to open up. Wellington managed a couple of shots on target as well as several over the bar. It looked for a moment that they would take the lead with five minutes to go only for a home player to clear the ball away from the goal line. Bishops Lydeard won a corner shortly afterwards and had their best chance of the game, a shot from close range just over the bar.

So after 50 games with goals, my first “dreaded” since the start of the 2014/15 season. Hengrove had won earlier in the day and now lead the division on goal difference with three games to go.