Having won a North Kent derby at Bromley last weekend, Welling United take on Dartford in another one this Saturday.
Victory at Hayes Lane was rewarded with a home draw in the last sixteen of the F.A. Trophy but Kent’s last team standing couldn’t have been given tougher opposition as Vanarama National League leaders Lincoln City are the visitors.
Adam Coombes scored the winner at Bromley with a free kick similar to the one he scored in the league at Princes Park earlier in the season.
Sadly for Welling, that goal was sandwiched between goals by Alex Brown and Elliot Bradbrook as Dartford ran out 2-1 winners.
Both teams will be looking for points for very different reasons his weekend. Victory on Tuesday night against Weston-super-Mare lifted the Darts to third place, nine points behind Maidenhead United. They will be looking to cement their place in the play-off zone whilst hoping to be in a position to take advantage should the Magpies have a wobble.
Meanwhile, despite their marked improvement in December, Welling are still only two points clear of the relegation zone and want to try and pull clear to avoid a dog-fight at the bottom in the latter part of the season..
They can take some comfort from having knocked Dartford out of the Kent Senior Cup at the end of November. After the game had finished 2-2, Harry Girling saved three of four penalties faced whilst Sam Hatton, Matt Fish, George Oakley and Christian Nanetti all converted.
Harry Crawford scored for Welling against his former club during the 90 minutes and ex-Wing Andy Pugh was the one Dartford player to be successful in the shoot out.
It will be Luke Wannadio’s first game back at Park View Road since leaving in the summer whilst Dartford Assistant Manager Paul Sawyer was once a player for the Wings.
Kick off is at 15:00 and an early arrival is suggested as the gate could be Welling’s highest home crowd in the league this season.
Welling’s former Dartford striker, Harry Crawford. Picture by Dave Budden