The welcome return of Kent senior trophy action made its return to the Culverden on Saturday as they played host to Woodstock sports.
Having not competed in the competition since winning it at longmead stadium in April 2012 (Wells beat Lordswood 2-1) and having been given the opportunity to challenge for the Kent Senior Cup. Martin Larkin had made no secret of his annoyance at not being given the opportunity to defend his trophy.
A league fixture against the visitors earlier on in the season and resulting in a frustrating 0-0 draw it was no secret that this Woodstock side had been vastly improved and strengthened since last season where they were seen somewhat as the whipping boys of the league. A familiar face also lined up for them in the shape of Brett (scorer of worldies) Ince.
Having successfully negotiated a Q&A meeting with the fans with Club captain Jason earlier in the day, Martin made one change to the line-up that beat Cray Valley PM on Tuesday night. Curtis replacing Rudolph on the left wing.
There was little to separate the two teams as the first half progressed with minimal chances for either side With Wells having the majority of possession and Woodstock happy to let and defending with everyone behind the ball.
The best effort of the first half saw Jake deliver a Scholesesque cross field pass that found Dane but he was unable to connect properly and blasted wide of the goal.
The second half began as the first had ended with the Wells dominant in possession but unable to find a way past the resolute defending of Woodstock.
The introduction of Harry Smith who looks to be growing in confidence with every game he plays gave the Wells extra attacking threat and a good header from a Jake corner brought a save from the visitor’s keeper.
The ball did find its way into net with 20mins to go when Harry met a Dane cross with a header which was harshly disallowed for offside. Despite the linesman being in a curious position behind the run of play.
With the full time whistle blown and the scores tied at 0-0 the game headed to a penalty shootout.
The Wells opened the shootout with midfield maestro Joe Fuller stepping up but he saw his effort blaze over the bar and Woodstock score their opening penalty. With all the other takers finding the net with German like efficiency despite the best efforts of the South stand and Steve, the Wells frustratingly crashed out of the tournament in the first round.