The immense progress that Wellington have made under Mike Hawes and Tim Legg was underlined yesterday when two late goals saw them lose just 3-2 to Larkhall Athletic in the first round of the Les Phillips Cup.

Having gone behind early against the unbeaten Toolstation Premier league leaders, Wellington went 2-1 up and were just ten minutes away from causing an upset.

But hopes were dashed when the Larks were awarded a penalty and an own goal soon followed.

Larkhall are blazing away on all fronts and although this competition is probably not top of their agenda they played a strong side.

And when Jamie Lyons placed a neat shot into the bottom left hand corner of the Wellington goal after 15 minutes it looked as if the visitors might be in for an easy afternoon.

Wellington were not going to play to the script however.

Alex Piper had enough momentum to finish well after Larks’ keeper Chris Snoddy could only pushed the ball back into his path.

And when in the second half Luke Redrup cashed in on another Snoddy save that rebounded it was 2-1 to Wellington.

However Redrup gave Larkhall a way back into the game when he fouled in the box and Nathaniel Auckland stepped up and converted a penalty to level matters.

Until then the Larks had done little in the second half to suggest they would score, but in the next passage of play a right wing attack found its way through and the ball deflected in for an own goal.