Welton unlucky against Almondsbury – Almondsbury UWE 4 Welton Rovers 3

By Leah Smith in Football

Welton made the trip to bottom club, Almondsbury, and despite taking the lead three times, came back empty-handed when they were sunk by two late goals.

Welton had the better of the early exchanges – an effort from Joe Garland went close and a curling shot from Shakeil Green crept over the Almondsbury bar. Welton’s pressure was rewarded on fifteen minutes, when Aaron Seviour picked up from last week’s star performance when he pounced on a mix-up in the Almond’s defence, rounded the keeper and fired his shot into the empty net.

Welton’s lead lasted ten minutes when Joe Black finished off a neat attacking move led by the lively Ashley Knight. Welton’s response was instant, a throw-in on the left by Aaron Cockerill found Seviour in space and he turned and hit a quality strike that flew into the far corner of the net to score his and Welton’s second.

Almondsbury responded in the fortieth minute when a long ball found Jordan Yeo completely unmarked on the left of the Welton goal and he slotted his shot past Charlie Phillips to equalise for the hosts. However, Welton were not to be denied and on the stroke of half-time, Garland beat the offside trap and raced through and planted the ball firmly into the Almondsbury net to give Welton a half-time lead.

Welton pressed for more goals early in the second half and Tom Smith met a corner from the right, only to head wide. Malick Jammeh was then set up by Seviour, but his shot was off target. As the half progressed, Welton dropped back and had Phillips to thank when he denied Stuart Alexander with a good save and minutes later, he was on hand again to deny Yeo.

Welton couldn’t get out of their half and were under the cosh, especially when the influential Knight had the ball. With full-time approaching, Knight met a cross and his powerful header flew into the Welton net to equalise for the hosts. As the game moved into added time, Knight was found on the right, he easily beat his marker, squared the ball where it was met by Alexander, who thumped the ball into the Welton net to score the winner for Almondsbury.

Bob Allard