Offwell given last minute boot by Wellington

PUBLISHED: 12:24 31 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:24 31 August 2015

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Offwell Rangers began a new Fresha League season with a last minute defeat at the hands of Wellington.

The opening 45 minutes saw the Somerset side out power Rangers and they eased into a two-goal lead that they held at the interval.

After the break, and with the manager’s words during the break no doubt ringing in their ears, Rangers were far better and deservedly got back on level terms with two goals from Dan Williams, the second of them with a terrific assist from Paul Dudley.

They then pushed forward in search of a winner, but in pressing forward they were caught out by a third Wellington goal in the final minute.

The Rangers Man of the Match award, selected by sponsors Lessons Trophies, opted for Lee Beck who filled in at centre back for the first time and delivered a dominant shift that saw him win everything that came his way.

Offwell manager Scott Phillips said: “The first half was simply not good enough from us. Strong words were said at half-time and we looked far more competitive in all areas of the pitch in the second half.

“I felt the back four were superb and Ben Keyes was outstanding. It’s a decent start in terms of the second half performance, but disappointing, of course, that we have lost our opening game. That said there’s plenty to build on.”

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