WELLINGTON reserves defied the weather but lost 3-0 at East Budleigh in Division One of the Devon and Exeter League yesterday.
They dominated possession but were unable to turn that into goals, giving the scoreline a skewed look to it.
The Tangerines second string did not play a composed game first up as they mislaid the ball too often, but they found their feet soon after and Luke Bryant was delivering quality balls into the box and they were a whisker away from hurting the home side.
When the referee over-ruled a line call Wellington went one down as a high, headed effort went in when it should have been cleared.
Wellington continued to beat a path to the East Budleigh door, but just could not force it open as chance after chance was created and spurned.
Adam Dawe had a great game in midfield and was full of energy all day, but another goal was conceded when a speculative shot was allowed to bounce into the net when it was assumed it was going over.
Half time arrived with Wellington 2-0 down and Sam Bryant nursing a possible cracked ankle.
Budleigh soon made it 3-0 and a missed penalty late on just about summed up Wellington's day; they will play worse and win that is for sure.
Welllington,who are half way through their 26 game season, have no game this weekend but get a chance to have another crack at East Budleigh at home on Saturday, February 2 when games revert to 3pm kick-offs.