Welling squandered a golden opportunity to reach the FA Cup 1st Round by producing an abysmal performance against fellow National League south side Whitehawk. A 4th minute strike from Reece Connelly putting the side from Sussex through.
It was a performance manager Mark Goldberg called embarrassing.
The goal that was to win the game, came as early as the 4th minute, a simple long ball over the top from Micheal West caught a static Welling defence cold and with Lewington hesitant to come, Reece Connelly burst clear before rifling the ball on the half volley into the bottom corner.
Welling were struggling to get going, with passes going a stray , The Wings seeing Dean Morgan curling a free kick over the bar, the best of very few early chances..
It was Whitehawk though who looked the more likely to score as Wilfred Tagbo just headed wide before West then went close with an effort at the far post.
Welling almost scored out of nothing as a cross was half cleared to Ali Fuseini who was lingering on the edge of the area, before taking a touch and hitting a scorching effort that Ross Flitney did well to tip the ball onto the outside of the post and wide.
Sensing his starting eleven was not working manager Mark Goldberg brought off Jordan Brown for the more attacking Lyle Della-Verde.
But it was Whitehawk who still looked the better side as Glen Southam hit an effort over before Lewington made a superb save from Connolly who looked certain to score but Lewington stood tall and pushed the ball away.
Lyle Della-Verde was trying to spark some life into a floundering Welling attack but Flitney produced another fine save to keep out the Welling sub. .
Whitehawk still tried to push forward sensing gaps in the Welling defence, Matt Fish produced a great tackle to prevent Targbo, who would have been clean through.
Fuseini again hit another hit and hope effort wide, after the ball was played back to him by Della-Verde.
With time ticking, good work between Morgan and Coombes, saw the Wings top scorer wriggle free and with Fltiney to beat, Coombes curled a weak effort that squirmed under the body of Flitney but the Whitehawk keeper was able to just prevent the ball from crossing the line.
And with the game deep into injury time, Coombes headed over a Della-Verde cross when the free Rickie Hayles behind him who would have had a clear header at goal.
It was a disjointed display that left Welling to concentrate on the league and now the focus must be to battle off a relegation fight.
Whitehawk visit Park View Road next Saturday in the National League South.
Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Braham-Barrett, Fuseini, Francis, Hayles, Hatton (Johnson 78), Waldren, Coombes, Morgan (Nelson 90), Brown (Della-Verde 46). Subs not used: Agu, Leacock