Club can celebrate remarkable season
Wells City FC Chair Steve Loxton reflects on one of the club’s most successful ever seasons
AFTER the past few turbulent years, like nearly every household, business and social activity, Wells City FC has seen some dramatic changes and transformations. New perspectives on how we work and spend our valued family/leisure time. So it is somewhat remarkable that I am now looking back on a tremendous first full season back after two years of disruption.
Wells City FC has suffered like most and it is a testament to its players, managers, committee members and small band of volunteers that has led to such a successful season both on and off the pitch.
The 1st team under new management led by Shaun Potter adapted well with the new style of play and some new players, and finished the season strongly, pushing all the way for the play-offs only falling short at the last game of the season, finishing a credible seventh. The 1sts were well supported by the Reserves and A teams during some difficult periods with players making the step up when required, but it is the latter two teams that have had one of their and the club’s best seasons ever.
I don’t think anyone within the club could see what was going to happen, which is probably even more rewarding when victory after victory follows. The message to the Reserves, A team and our recently formed Ladies teams was basically, go out do the club and yourselves proud and enjoy playing football again, and boy did they do just that.
By the end of the season, I have been asked a dozen times “think we need to extend the Trophy Cabinet”. The recently reformed Ladies team who compete in Division 2 of the Somerset County Women’s league won promotion for the second season in succession, topping the table by five clear points and a huge goal difference. Stand-out performers were the two Caitlins, Skinner and Baker, both scoring 13 goals each, but the management team pinpointed that their successes comes from team work and the constantly improving squad. Coach Steve Vowles said: “It’s easy when you have a great bunch of players who want to improve.” Next season will be a huge ask for the squad that will now be plying their trade in Division 1, the highest level of ladies’ county football.
The Reserves also had opportunities to be crowned league champions but can be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball with an amazing Somerset Senior Cup run, surviving three penalty shootouts, all away from home, and demolishing the league’s eventual champs 3-0 to reach the final of the Somerset Senior Cup. It was only the second time the club’s Reserve side has appeared in the final, and with a convincing performance they ran out comfortable winners beating Broad Plain House 3-0 to lift the Senior Cup for the fifth time in the club’s history but the first time for the Reserves side. Only a week later the side sealed promotion to the County Premier division by finishing second. Notable performances from Ollie Bryant scoring at a goal a game, and even more remarkable is the side using over 40 players through the season.
Not to be outdone, Wells City’s third team, known as the A team, went one or even two better. Competing in the Premier division of the Mid Somerset League, they ran out as Champions pipping Weston FC by four points in an enthralling finish to the season that went down to the final weekend. Conceding only 19 goals and losing a solitary game, it is an amazing effort for all the players and management, and they have now reached the final of the Charity Cup after a semi-final win against Evercreech. That would be enough for most teams, but not the club’s A team, who have also become The Dimmock Green Cup Champions, the first time the club has ever won this prestigious Mid Somerset trophy.
A remarkable season for the club, and it is just rewards for the commitment and dedication of the players, managers and all who have helped the four senior sides throughout what has turned out to be a fantastic season for Wells City Football Club.
The club would like to thank all who have contributed in the successes and especially the club’s team sponsors, 24/7 Drainage, Brunel Insurance, Protec Ltd and Daniels Sandwich Bar, Wendy’s Hair salon, Webb & Co and The Ambrosini Group.
• Picture: Somerset Senior Cup winners Wells Reserves