BEWDLEY Town boss Phil Mullen believes his side can take great encouragement after they obtained their first success of the season this week with a 4-1 win at Herefordshire side Wellington.

The success follows a string of seven straight defeats in the FA Cup and West Midlands Premier, but Mullen insists a change in fortunes was always coming.

He felt they would have beaten Dudley Sports last Saturday if not for Will Ward, Dave Cannon and Chris Lojko all being sent off.

Eight-man Town finally lost out 2-0 and Mullen claimed: “It was really frustrating because we dominated the game.

“The real surprise was the fact we beat Wellington with a makeshift side.

“Dave Cannon suffered a leg injury after only 15 minutes, but there were no other defenders on the bench, so he soldiered on.”

Bewdley went ahead with an own goal following pressure from Tom Bishop but Wellington were quickly back on level terms.

Goalkeeper Rob Dalloway then saved a penalty before half-time, but Mullen maintained: “We blew Wellington away in the second half and deserved to win. It’s the monkey off our back!”

New signing from local Sunday football, 18-year-old James Baldwin crowned a fabulous performance by putting Bewdley back in front before further goals from Sam Woodward and a Dan Flowers penalty sealed the points.

Bewdley host Midland League Premier side Coventry Sphinx on Saturday in the FA Vase where Mullen can welcome back Robbie Orme, Russ Godfrey and Arron Stubbings while Richard Costello returns after a one-match ban.