Welling United 0-0 Hungerford Town

There is an old football cliche that says if you cannot win the game, make sure you do not lose it and that is exactly what Welling achieved on Saturday. In a game that will not live long in the memory after a poor 1st half, the game and in particular Welling improved in the 2nd half and they could have snatched a win had they been more ruthless in front of goal.

Midweek signing Phil Walsh just missed his kick after a long Matt Fish free kick caused some panic in the area.

Fifteen minutes had passed when Hungerford missed a glorious chance as Warren Bentley capitalised on a mistake in the defence and skittled clear, with just Lewington to beat,  he dragged his effort wide of the post.

Luke Williams then found his effort cleared off the line as the away side enjoyed their best spell in the game.

Welling started to get into the game and a dipping volley from Rhys Murrell-Williamson was the closet Welling came in the opening 20 minutes. Shortly after Alex Cathline put a glancing header well wide when well placed.

At the other end James Clark brought a smart save out of Chris Lewington.

But after that the half petered out with it remaining goalless at the break.

In previous games it has been Welling’s 2nd half performances that have let them down but the 2nd half brought about an improved performance from the home side.

However it was Hungerford captain Matt Day who had the first chance of the half when he forced Lewington into a superb low save from his free kick.

But after this it was Welling who dictated the game.

A Murrell-Williamson corner was flicked on by returning Ben Martin, the ball was retrived by Walsh who sent in a low cross that was just nodded wide by Joseph-Dubois.

Another corner caused chaos and this time Phil Walsh connected cleanmy with a header that was cleared off the line.

Midway through the half Welling thought they had grabbed the lead, Dan Walker saw a low shot saved onto the post where Joseph-Dubois was on hand to tap the ball into the empty net but he was adjudged to be offside, however video highlights suggested he was onside when the shot came in.

In a rare Hungerford attack Jon Boardman headed a floated free kick wide. But with the game drawing to its conclusion Joseph-Dubois could have won it for Welling as he glanced his header wide just from 6 yards out much to the anguish of the PVR crowd.

So it wasn’t to be all 3 points but Welling take the point and move onto a really tough away fixture at local rival and title chasing Ebbsfleet United next Saturday. Not before a semi final takes place on Tuesday night in the Kent Senior Cup as we face Charlton Athletic at PVR.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Fuseini, Martin, Walsh, Walker, Waldren, Cathline (Joseph-Dubois 55), Crawford (Hatton 74), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Slabber, Agu, Richards.

Attendance: 517


Welling United v Hungerford Town preview

We are back on home turf on Saturday following two difficult trips on the road.

Disappointing results at Maidenhead and Eastbourne not only ended with no points, but also put a dent in Welling’s goal difference.

Losing club captain Sean Francis through injury on Saturday was followed up by the two remaining centre backs, Rickie Hayles and Dean Leacock both struggling at Eastbourne. As a result, we may see a new centre back pairing against Hungerford Town with new signings Ben Martin and Phil Walsh ready to start.

There may be a debut up front too, as it is hoped the on-loan striker Tyrone Marsh can help to solve the goalscoring problems that Welling have experienced of late between now and the end of the season.

Further aid to relieving the goal scoring difficulties could be a fit again Pierre Joseph-Dubois who scored one minute after coming on as a substitute at Eastbourne Borough. If he is ready, he might be given a start as he is one of several options in attack.

Visitors Hungerford Town are having a much happier season and are currently in sixth place, three points away from the play off zone.

When Welling visited Bulpit Lane, a different Walsh, Mason, made his full Welling debut in a game that a depleted Wings side lost 1-0.

On that evening, Harvey Brand was the only fit outfield player on the bench while teenager Josh Jackson made his full debut and Leacock played with a broken toe.

It looked as though the Wings might escape with a hard earned point until Ian Herring connected permanently with a thirty yard volley that gave Chris Lewington no chance.

However, the hosts were indebted to goalkeeper George Legg who did very well to hang on to an Archie Johnson daisy cutter through a crowd scene.

That game started a thirteen match unbeaten league run for the Crusaders that only ended with a one-nil defeat at Ebbsfleet United. They were beaten in their next away game, at Hampton and Richmond Borough, but have won two home games since so won’t be short on confidence.

If the supporters get behind the team, as they did in the second half at Eastbourne, it could give the team the spur that they need.

Pierre Joseph-Dubois scores at Eastbourne. Picture by Dave Budden

Wings bring in three for final push

Welling United have brought back striker Tyrone Marsh and centre back Ben Martin to the club and have also signed centre back Phil Walsh.

Tyrone Marsh found the net regularly for the Wings in the Vanarama Conference and Ben Martin was part of our Conference South winning team. Phil Walsh is an experienced centre back who can also play up front.

Tyrone Marsh joins on loan from Dover Athletic, Phil Walsh jooins on loan from Bishop’s Stortford and Ben Martin joins us from St Albans.

Welcome back to Ben and Ty and a warm welcome to Phil.

image: Ben Martin hammers a header into the net vs Maidenhead in Conference South for the Wings

Eastbourne Borough 7-3 Welling United

For 80 minutes, this was a competitive game of football, in which the game could have been won by either side. However the final ten minutes was collapse not seen by a Welling side for many a year. 

Having managed to come from behind no less than 3 times in the game, Welling managed to succumb to 4 goals in the last ten minutes inflicting a heavy defeat.

Once again their was a shake up in defence with both Matt Fish and Sean Francis ruled out with injuries, Wings brought in new signing Jake Phillips at right back.

Just five minutes had gone when the hosts took the lead. A Gavin McCallum cross was missed by the Welling defence and Nathaniel Pinney had all the time in the world to take a touch and smash the ball home.

This gave Eastbourne the confidence to go and try extend their lead and Pinney brought a smart save from Chris Lewington

Pinney then missed another chance after just failing to connect with another McCallum cross.

As it was Welling took advantage of some slack defending and equalised in the 20th minute. Twice Eastbourne tried to clear their lines and on the 2nd attempt the ball fell kindly to Dan Walker who smashed the ball home.

However it was Eastbourne who the regained the lead in the 39th minute, Jamie Taylor skipped down the right and fired a low cross for Gavin McCallum who had all the time in the world to slot home at the back post.

The game was levelled immediately though in the 41st minute. Danny Waldren bravely heading home a Dan Walker cross at the near post, a real Captain’s type goal.

Right on half time Pinney should have put The Sports ahead after robbing the ball off of Rickie Hayles he had just Lewington to beat but the Wings keeper stood up well to save.

Into the 2nd half and McCallum fired a warning shot for Eastbourne hitting an effort just wide, whilst Murrell-Williamson had a half chance for Welling.

But in the 48th minute Eastbourne went ahead for the third time Jamie Taylor firing low past Lewington.

Welling almost equalised immediately in this topsy turvy game, Danny Waldren rounded the keeper but Shaun Hobson was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

However the Wings did fire back in the 62nd minute. Pierre Joseph-Dubois who had been on the pitch a matter of seconds swept home a low Dan Walker cross to make the game 3-3.

Hope was high that Welling may finally be able to get their noses in front when Ali Fuseini saw a goal bound effort blocked, before Cathline played an inch perfect through ball to Walker but he shot straight at Carey.

Welling were left to rue those chances as Eastbourne went back ahead and the collapse began.

Eastbourne won a free kick 25 yards from goal and Baptisua rolled the free kick to Josh Hare who hit a pile driver that Lewington could only palm into the net.

Welling looked drained and folded tamely as Eastbourne added a 5th to put the game to rest. Pinney crossing for Jamie Taylor to tap home with ease. Jamie Taylor then scored a hat trick from the spot in addded on time after Hayles had fouled Connelly.

And with the last kick of the game Nathianel Pinney curled home a free kick to add a 7th. It was a disastrous last ten minutes from Welling and once again leaves them looking over their shoulder with just 5 points between them and the relegation trap door.

Welling United: Lewington, Phillips, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles, Leacock (Joseph-Dubois 60), Walker, Waldren, Kathline, Crawford, Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Hatton, Richards, Amu.

Attendance: 402


Eastbourne Borough v Welling United preview

On Tuesday, Welling United Eastbourne Borough hoping to put Saturday’s disappointment behind them

As a contest, the game at Maidenhead was as good as over when the hosts added to their two earlier goals with a third in first half injury time.

Although the competed better in the second half, the Wings team never really looked like hurting the league leaders but they have a quick opportunity to put that behind them.

Any supporter travelling by road should follow the M25 clockwise until the A21 turn off for Sevenoaks. Come off that road at the A26 turn off towards Southborough/Tunbridge Wells.

Follow that road through Tunbridge Wells and take the turn off for the A267 until it becomes the A22 towards Eastbourne. Continue along that road until it becomes the A27 and bear left along the Polegate Bypass.

At the next roundabout, take the second exit towards Stone Cross and Westham (A22); at another roundabout shortly afterwards, take the first exit signposted Stone Cross and Westham. Continue towards Stone Cross village, past Dittons Nursery on your left. Shortly afterwards you will come to a crossroads, with a church on your left, the Red Lion pub on the right, and Stone Cross windmill immediately ahead.

Turn right, down the B2104 Friday Street. At the end of Friday Street, turn left at the double mini-roundabout into Hide Hollow (B2191), passing Eastbourne Crematorium on your right. Turn right at the roundabout into Priory Road, and Priory Lane is about 200 yards down the road on the left. There is car parking for 400 people.

The nearest railway stations is Pevensey and Westham (approx 15-20 mins walk) If coming into Eastbourne, there is a taxi service outside station or catch a bus. The LOOP Bus serves Priory Road/Priory Lane.and runs every 15 minutes. The service runs from Eastbourne town centre to Hampden Park calling at Seaside (Arlington Arms), Pevensey Bay Road (ASDA) and Priory Road. From Hampden Park (Station) the service calls at Winkney Farm (Wilton Avenue), Langney (Shopping Centre) and Priory Lane. 720720 Taxis can be called on 013423 720720
Entrance fees at the ground are Adults £12, Concessions £8 and U16s £1. There is no additional charge for access to the stands.

When Welling last visited Eastbourne Borough it was on Easter Monday in the Championship winning season and it proved to be a comfortable victory. Scott Kinch scored the only goal of the first half when scoring from a corner at close range.

Another corner saw Welling double their lead when Anthony Acheampong headed home and Kiernan Hughes-Mason added a third late on. Jonte Smith, who started this season at Welling, was in the Sports’ team that say..

Welling goalkeeper Chris Lewington.. Picture by David Brown

Maidenhead United 3-0 Welling United

League leaders Maidenhead brushed aside Welling with ease on Saturday. The damage was done in the first 45 minutes with all three goal coming before half time. The Magpies rarely got out of 1st gear in the 2nd half as the Wings failed to trouble the hosts.

Dean Inman set the tone for the game as he sent a wild overhead kick just over the bar for the home side.

Dave Tarpey worked some space for himself before sending a low effort just wide.

Welling’s Alex Cathline did well to control a long ball but he lacked the composure needed in front of goal.

Maidenhead though were looking dangerous with every attack and Harry Pritchard buser clear down the left and was inches wide with his effort.

It was no surprise when in 21st minute, Maidenhead took the lead. A Dave Tarpey corner found Dean Inman who just wanted to win the header more than any Wings defender and he powered his header past Lewington.

Just seven extra minutes had elapsed when Maidenhead doubled their lead. Sean Marks slipping the ball through to record goal scorer Dave Tarpey who brushed off the attention of Francis with ease and cooly slotted past Lewington. To add insult to injury Welling skipper Sean Francis had to be replaced injured after the goal.

It was simply one way traffic as Seaun Marks  headed over a Pritchard cross, The Wings  woes then worsening when Rickie Hayles was forced off injured with an eye injury.

In a rare foray forward the home keeper Carl Pentney kept out a Dan Walker shot.

As it was in first half injury time, Maidenhead put the game beyond doubt by adding a 3rd. Welling failed to clear a corner and the ball fell kindly to James Mulley who had time to control the ball and drill home through a crowd of players.

The 2nd half was a formality really, with Maidenhead spouring forward looking to add to the scoreline and The Wings desperately trying to prevent them. Early in to the second period Lewington had to be out bravely to prevent  Tarpey.

Walker did have a shot from range that was gathered easily by Pentney.

James Comley could have done better for the hosts when well placed but he fired over.

A superb block by Dean Leacock prevented Tarpey rounding off the scoring and late on Pierre Joseph-Dubois almost added a consolation for Welling but his delicate chip just went over th bar.

The damage had already been done in the first half by the league leaders as now Welling will have to improve on Tuesday when they travel to Sussex to face Eastbourne.

Welling United: Lewington, Hatton, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles (Karagiannis 35), Francis (Leacock 29), Walker, Waldren, Kathline, Crawford, Murrell-Williamson (Joseph-Dubois 77). Subs not used: Richards, Amu.

Attendance: 968

Maidenhead United v Welling United preview

On Saturday, Welling United visit Vanarama National League South leaders Maidenhead United

Although the Wings have not enjoyed the best of results on the road lately, the successes in the last two home games mean that the team will travel in good spirits.

Tristan Lewis lives in Maidenhead so those travelling will have the same journey as he undertakes after every home game.

If travelling by road. Follow the M25 clockwise to junction 15 where you take the turn off for the M4 towards Reading/Slough. At junction 8/9, take the A404(M)/A308(M) exit to High Wycombe/Henley/Maidenhead.

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Windsor Rd/A308 then at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Stafferton Way. Continue onto Stafferton Link before turning left onto Forlease Road. At the roundabout take the first exit onto York Road. Those using SatNav should put in SL6 1SF. There is no car parking at the ground but there are a number of car parks in the town.

It is a relatively easy journey by train with four an hour from Paddington heading for Reading. The ground is a five minute walk from Maidenhead station.

Entrance fees at York Road are Adults £10, Concessions £6 and U16s £3.

When Welling last visited Maidenhead it was early in the Championship winning season when still suffering a ‘play-off’ hangover. Ross Lafayette put Welling ahead, assisted by Theo Fairweather-Johnson early on but Mark Nisbet’s second half brace ensured the Magpies claimed the points.

However, in the season before, Welling won both home and away by a 4-0 scoreline. In the game at York Road, Luis Cumbers put Welling ahead before Maidenhead’s Alex Wall lashed out at a defender and was sent off.

After the break, Welling profited from an own goal before Cumbers scored his second. Harry Baker finished the scoring in the 71st minute as Welling coasted through the remainder of the match.

Welling go ahead against Poole. Picture by David Brown

National League vs British Army

In a unique series of representative matches, The National League will play The British Army at three differing locations on the same evening.

These will take place on Wednesday 29th March 7.45pm at Eastbourne Borough, Harrogate Town and Tamworth. Each match being supported in partnership with Vanarama and S & C Slatter.

Each of the three squads are drawn from players who play in The National League North and South ONLY.

We have much pleasure in announcing the respective squads and the Manager of each.

Please see attached TNL Squads v British Army plus our programme image cover for all three matches.

We wish them all the best and look forward to each match being well attended. Entry is £5 for Adults (including a programme) with Seniors & Juniors FREE. Extra programmes are £2.