Welling United 2-2 Truro City

Welling picked up their first home point since early November as they grounded out a draw with Truro City.

Callum Driver came straight into the squad and impressed on debut and Jack Jebb was recalled to the starting line up as Welling’s formation was tinkered with again.

In the very 1st minute a Jack Jebb corner found Jack Parkinson at the far post but he slid his effort just wide.

A long ball over the top saw Tom Bradbrook hold of his marker but he looped his effort well wide.

Welling took the lead in the 18th minute, Jack Jebb crossed the ball centrally into the area and his cross evaded everyone to find the corner of the net, maybe with the assistance of Jack Parkinson outstretched boot, video replay will determine that.

Welling held the lead for just six minutes though. The Wings defence failed to clear their lines as Cody Cooke was allowed to turn in the area and slot past Sandford.

Bradley Goldberg made space for a shot but curled just wide as The Wings tried to rally.

Ryan Sandford then saved at his near post from Tyler Harvey as the game became stretched.

But the score was level at the break.

Welling had the ball in the net just two minutes into the 2nd half, Ben Jefford crossed for Goldberg who glanced his headed into the net only to see it ruled out for a very dubious offside decision.

Salt was rubbed into the wound when Truro took the lead minutes later. Connor Riley-Lowe played the ball to Tyler Harvey over on the left and he hit a low effort from an acute angle past Sanford which found the corner of the net.

But The Wings responded and they equalised soon after. Goldberg was fouled on the edge of the area. Upstepped Jack Jebb who arrowed his free kick into the roof of net with McHale a spectator as it flew past him.

This goal opened the game up once more with Aaron Lamont hitting an effort against the bar for Truro before in the same passage of play Callum Driver rifled a shot from range just over.

The lively Cooke headed a Harvey cross just wide. Then a Jebb corner found Harry Phipps but he headed wide.

Both teams pushed for the winner as McHale saved well from Bradley Goldberg before Truro almost won it when Harvey shot wide in injury time. That would have been harsh on Welling who did enough to warrant a point.

The Wings now have a break from action before they head into the Christmas period with a tough away game at Chelmsford City on Saturday 23rd December.

Welling United: Sandford, Gayle, Jefford (Johnson 83), H. Phipps, Coyle, Parkinson, Driver, Healy (Nanetti 57), Bradbrook (E. Phipps 61), Goldberg, Jebb. Subs not used: Francis, Monakana.

Attendance: 383

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Healy wins National League South player of month for November

Having missed out in October, Joe Healy reaped the reward for a fine past two months by capturing the Vanarama National League South Player of the month award for November.

In October he scored 5 goals from midfield but the award went to ex Wings striker Charlie Sheringham. Healy then scored from a couple of yards from the halfway line at Hemel and scooped the player of the month award for November from the league.

Joe also won the WUSA Welling United player of the month and he would be very short odds with the bookmakers on winning the Welling United goal of the month for November too when voting opens next week.

Joe Healy – Vanarama National League South Player of the Month November

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Welling United 0-3 East Thurrock

Welling’s stuttering home form continued as they were resoundly beaten by a well organised East Thurrock side. The result comes at the start of a tough run of games in December so this is not the way the Wings would have wanted to kick the month off.

Jamie Coyle once again shuffled the pack in response to last week’s home defeat to Weston and Bradley Goldberg came back into the side in place of Tom Bradbrook and Jack Jebb made way for on loan midfielder Harry Phipps.

East Thurrock started on the front foot front from the off and on loan keeper Harry Sandford kept Welling in the game early on. He produced a smart save to deny a low left footed Tom Richardson shot. Sandford was at it again this time denying former Wings man Reece Harris with a super save. Perhaps the best of the lot came though when made a double save from a Sam Higgins header from a corner, drawing applause from both sets of fans.

The Wings just could not live with the East Thurrock attacks and eventually they did fall behind in the 33rd minute.

Former Welling man Reece Harris had the ball cut back to him and he hit a first time shot that curled into the net giving Sandford no chance.

Harry Wright the East Thurrock keeper who had been very quiet in the opening exchanges then saved brilliantly from Bradley Goldberg with his fierce shot heading in but the keeper fisted the ball away to safety.

With half time approaching Welling won a succession of free kicks on the edge of the box but both were tamely hit, into the wall rather summing up Welling’s first half performance.

At half time Welling made a change Tom Bradbrook replaced Harry Phipps as The Wings went for broke. The move helped as for the first part of the 2nd half they improved. Nanetti saw a shot saved by Wright before Bradbrook headed over a corner at the near post.

Healy then was denied by a superbly last ditch tackle from Ekikpeta in the East Thurrock as the National South League Player of the month barred down on goal.

Welling had a golden opportunity in the 58th minute. A clever header from Healy was played into the path of Goldberg and his fierce half volley was parried into the path of Archie Johnson. But Johnson, who had the goal at his mercy directed his side footed effort well wide much to the agony of the fans willing him to put it in.

That miss set the tone for the remainder of the game as Welling fell to pieces. Welling had Connor Dymond sent off on 69 minutes when he received a 2nd yellow the first for remonstrating with the referee and then the 2nd was for a cheap foul just outside the box.

From the resulting free kick Sam Higgins hit the apex of the goal. Welling’s luck though ran out a minute later. In the 71st minute with The Wings at sixes and sevens trying to reorganise themselves a simple punt over the top caught the Wings defence static and Sam Higgins fired a volley past Sandford.

Welling were a deflated side and East Thurrock scored a 3rd with a sublime goal in the 82 minute. Sam Higgins picked the ball up and curled a delightful effort into the top corner which even Ryan Sandford could only watch as it flew past him and into the net.

The Wings were well beaten at full time and somehow must improve the deteriorating home form if they want to be in with a shot at the play offs come April.

They get a chance next week as Welling host high flying Truro City at Park View Road on Saturday.

Welling: Sandford, Dymond, Jefford (E Phipps 76mins), Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson, Nanetti (Jebb 80mins), Healy, H Phipps (Bradbrook 46mins), Goldberg, Johnson. Subs not used: Gayle, Francis.

Attendance: 432.

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Welling United 0-1 Weston-Super-Mare

Welling crashed out of The FA Trophy at the first hurdle as they produced a laboured performance against Weston Super Mare. The result means Welling have failed to win any cup matches including county cup competitions in the 2017/2018 season.

It took Welling just 30 seconds to record a shot, Captain Connor Dymond received the ball on the right before producing a left footed shot which just went over.

Welling introduced new signing goal keeper Ryan Sandford to the side and he had to be alert to claim a low shot from Jake Lee, then he made an identical save from Danny Greenslade.

Weston missed a golden opportunity shortly after as a deep free kick from Dayle Grubb found Jake Lee at the back post, but he failed to convert and the chance had gone. Centre back Harvey Smith then tried an audacious overhead kick from a corner but went well wide.

Weston continued to press, but they were not really troubling Sandford in the Welling goal. Jeffrey Monakana tried to use his pace to stretch the Weston defence and his over hit cross almost caught out Luke Purnell but the ball dipped onto the roof of the net.

Welling did finish the half strongly and they hit the post in the 41st minute. Jack Jebb played the ball out wide to Goldberg, the former Bromley man hit a fierce effort that beat Purnell but hit the outside of the post before going wide.

At half time Welling lost Jack Parkinson to illness and he was replaced by Ian Gayle. It took Weston just 67 seconds to open the scoring in the 2nd half. The impressive Dayle Grubb played the ball to Gethyn Hill who took a touch before firing low past Sandford.

Weston went in surge of a 2nd and Naby Diallo had a shot saved by Sandford.

Bradley Goldberg hit another low shot that Purnell saved for a corner before Dayle Grubb brought a smart save from Ryan Sandford from a free kick.

In the 72nd minute Monakana produced a stunning cross that found Bradbrook with a looping header that had Purnell back peddling but his effort crashed against the bar.

The Wings then had the ball in the net but Tom Bradbrook was adjudged to have been offside as the ball came through to him from a Christian Nanetti shot.

With time ticking down Jake Lee almost added a 2nd but he fizzed a shot just wide

The Wings almost stole an unlikely equaliser in time added on but Purnell produced a brilliant save to deny Goldberg.

Welling now have a week to prepare for East Thurrock at home knowing their home form must improved as they enter a tough run of games in the lead up to Christmas.

Welling United: Sandford, Dymond, Johnson (Nanetti 74), Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson (Gayle 46), Monakana, Jebb, Bradbrook, Goldberg, Phipps. Subs not used: Francis, Jefford, Milton.

Attendance: 322

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Hemel Hempstead 2-2 Welling United

A game of two halves saw Welling fight back to claim a point in a pulsating game against fellow play off chasers Hemel Hempstead. For the 2nd week in a row The Wings found themselves two goals behind, but once again they showed plenty of heart and desire to claim the draw.

Hemel started the brighter and James Kaloczi had a glorious chance to put the host in front but he blazed over after the ball had been square to him just inside the area.

However Hemel did take the lead in the 9th minute. Welling lost the ball in the midfield cheaply and the ball was worked to Antonio German (who had signed 24 hours previously for Hemel) he curled a spectacular effort from 25 yards out which bounced in via the underside of the bar.

A shell shocked Welling nearly fell two behind when Will Hoskins got on the end of a smart move and cleverly scored but the effort was ruled out for offside.

The Wings are always a threat from the set pieces of Jack Jebb and his excellent free kick found Jack Parkinson unmarked in the area. With his low diving header destined for the goal somehow Laurie Walker tipped the ball over the bar, a super save.

Hemel then double their lead in the 39th minute. Jeffery Monakana lost control of the ball on the edge of the box and in his attempt to win the ball back Joe Howe stole in and he was tripped Jordan Parkes celebrating his 200th game for the home side easily converted past Kitscha.

It was nearly 3 in time added on of the 1st half but Hoskins shot straight at Kitscha when clean through.

So after a subdued half The Wings made a double change at the break and the changes paid dividends as Welling looked completely revitalised. Ian Gayle and Jack Jebb making way for Eli Phipps and Bradley Goldberg

It was Hemel though who went closest first in the 2nd half as Tom Day brought a save out of Kitscha and it proved vital as Welling immediately broke to score to get back in the game.

In the 54th minute Archie Johnson burst down the left, before standing an inch perfect cross for Tom Bradbrook to arch a towering header past Walker.

Within minutes of the restart Welling somehow failed to equalise, the lively Eli Phipps ran into the box crossed for Joe Healy but his clever flick was somehow saved by Walker.

In the 59th minute though Welling did equalise and in some fashion as well. For how well Laurie Walker had played he made a hash of a clearance and the ball found Joe Healy just inside the Hemel half. Healy had the presence of mind to look up, spot Walker out of his goal and he accurately hit an audacious effort over the head of Walker and into the middle of an unguarded net. A special goal.

This equalising goal really opened the game up and Hemel came close to retaking the lead an unconvincing save from Kitscha from a Parkes effort only diverted the ball into the path of Hoskins but brave defending blocked his effort.

Jeffery Monakana nearly capped signing his 18 month deal with the club with a fine goal but he curled just over, before Welling were left scratching their heads as to how they didn’t go ahead.

A low cross caused panic in the Hemel defence and a goal mouth scramble ensued with Goldberg applying a touch that looked to be going in but the spin of the ball enabled a Hemel defender to clear, it was inches from Welling taking the lead.

With that Hemel went straight up the other end and came inches from scoring themselves. Joe Howe hit a shot from outside of the area which deflected onto the post. The impressive Jordan Parkes then saw his deflected shot go inches wide with Kitscha a spectator. As Hemel now could sense a winner.

With a minute to go Hemel almost grabbed it as well but Connor Dymond somehow cleared Anton German shot off the line.

But that would have been harsh on Welling and this pulsating game was brought to an end by referee Mr Massey-Ellis as The Wings travel home with the view of a point gained rather than two dropped. The result leaves them 7th in the table but incredibly just 3 points off of top, in a very tight Vanarama South table.

Welling have a break from the league next week as they entertain Weston Super Mare at home in the FA Trophy.

Welling United: Kitscha, Dymond, Johnson, Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson, Monakana (Nanetti 86), Healy, Bradbrook, Jebb (Goldberg 46), Gayle (Phipps 46). Subs not used: Richards, Francis.
Attendance: 453

 

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Jeffrey Monakana signs permanent deal with the Wings

Jamie Coyle has signed Jeffrey Monakana from Vanarama National side Sutton United. Monakana has enjoyed a long loan spell with the Wings this season from the Gander Green Lane club and has now made the move on a permanent basis to Park View Road. Jeffrey has signed for the Wings until at least the end of 2018-19 season.

Monakana has been a real threat for the Wings going forward on either wing, he has a number of assists and a stunning goal away at Braintree Town to his name.

We will get Jamie Coyle’s reaction to the signing after tomorrow’s match away at Hemel Hempstead Town in Vanarama National League South in a battle of promotion chasers.