Skipper Danny returns for tough game at Thornbury

Saturday 2nd April 2022 6:00 am
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WELLINGTON captain Danny Lee is expected to return to the side for tomorrow’s tough away match against Thornbury in South West One (West), writes Barry Knott.

Thornbury are lying fifth in the table but have not played since they lost 29-8 away to St Austell three weeks ago.

Wellington lost 29-36 at home to fourth-placed Lydney last weekend, and coach Allyn Chetland said: “Lydney were 14 points up after five minutes but after that the boys were brilliant.

“I thought we were the better side over the 80 minutes but those opening minutes cost us dearly.”

Wellington, who lost 36-7 at home to Thornbury in early December, also hope to be strengthened by the return of props Ryan Marke and Jason Rowland.

Wellington will end the season after tomorrow’s fixture with three matches at the Athletic Ground, two in the league and their Somerset Cup semi-final at home to Gordano on Easter Saturday – a game which is expected to attract a big crowd.

Wellington’s other home fixtures are against Newent (April 9) and Bridgwater & Albion (April 23), who have already lost to Wellington twice this season.

Wellington 2nd XV have a home fixture against bottom side Morganians in Somerset One tomorrow (3p.m.).

Meanwhile, Wiveliscombe, who slumped 38-15 at home to Kingsbridge in Western Counties West last Saturday, face undoubtedly their toughest game of the season tomorrow when they play away to leaders Wadebridge Camels. Wadebridge hammered third-placed Truro 52-8 at home last weekend to maintain their 100 per cent record this season – 23 games in a row.

They are proving to be one of the best teams in the Westcountry and have a 35-point lead at the top of the table.

Wiveliscombe are down in tenth spot and trail Wadebridge by 62 points.

Title-chasing Wiveliscombe 2nd XV play away to Castle Cary in Somerset Two South.

Wivey are 14 points behind leaders Chard with two games in hand and the teams are set to clash at the Rec tomorrow week.

With two more home games to finish the season, Wiveliscombe are slight favourites to end the season as champions.

The game against the South Somerset outfit is likely to decide the title race.

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