Welling United 1-2 Hampton & Richmond Borough

Welling suffered defeat on their final
home league game of the season. In a game neither side really deserved to win, Hampton stole the points with a last gasp winner.

In a tame opening to the game Alex Cathline burst into the box before forcing a low save from Sam Howes at his near post.

Hampton needing the win to secure a play off place at the misfortune of other teams in the division saw Duncan Culley pounce on a weak header back from to Lewington from Rickie Hayles but Duncan Culley drove his shot wide.

Culley then put his free kick over the bar as Hampton looked to get on top of the game.

Cathline saw another half chance go wide as he did well to control a ball into the box but flashed his half volley wide.

The Welling Player of the Year Chris Lewington then showed just why he deserved his award by making a superb save to deny Culley as he raced clean through. It was the last action in a rather dour end of season game.

Into the 2nd half and the game which needed to improve in quality did. Culley resumed his battle with Lewington and the Wings keeper produced an instinctive save with his legs to deny him again.

The game became one of half chances with Joe Hicks heading wide for Hampton and likewise Dan Walker saw a looping header just go over the bar from a Danny Waldren free kick.

The lively Murrell-Williamson found Walker but his goal bound shot which was heading in was deflected wide.

The deadlock was broken in the 77th minute and it was a goal that summed up the game. A free kick was saved well by Lewington only for the ball to be returned into the area, the Wings could not clear their lines and Sliven Rivic was on hand to nod home for a scrappy goal at the back post.

It was Hampton who looked the more likely to add to their tally and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick should have scored when a Christian Jolley cut back fell to him in a perfect position but he side footed wide.

The game that had been lacking that bit of quality finally arrived in the 88th minute. Welling winning a free kick 25 yards from goal and up stepped Rhys Murrell-Williamson who curled an effort with his left foot that went in via the inside of the post, it was a wonderful free kick.

With time ticking and The Wings hoping that they had done enough to secure a point, Hampton went and stole all three points. A long ball out of defence caught the Welling defence napping and Ratvic was on hand to lift the ball past Lewington to cue wild celebrations from the Hampton bench.

It was a disappointing way to end the home season for Welling. The Wings now face Bath City away on the final day of the season before they try & leave this season behind on a high with The Kent Cup final against Dover on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Richards (Joseph-Dubois 87), Fuseini, Hayles, Martin, Walker (Slabber 84), Waldren, Cathline, Crawford (Marsh 68), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Agu, Hatton.

Attendance: 500


Welling United v Hampton and Richmond Borough preview

On Saturday the Welling United team will play their final home game of the season with Hampton and Richmond Borough the visitors.

Thankfully, their form at home has pulled them clear of the relegation zone so the supporters won’t have a tense last two games to worry about.

However, the match won’t have quite the end of season ‘dead rubber’ feel to it that it might have had. As a result of failing to have a sufficient number of seats, neither Hungerford Town nor Poole Town are allowed to enter the play-offs.

Currently in seventh place, Hampton are now in pole position for the final play-off place but will want to win their last two games with Wealdstone breathing down their necks. Bath City and St. Albans City still have an outside chance but it is unlikely that they will catch Hampton.

After the match, there will be presentations for Welling’s various player of the year awards so the celebrations would be much better if they followed a Welling victory.

When Hampton last visited Park View Road, in October 2011, Welling prevailed 2-1. Anthony Acheampong headed home Jamie Day’s free kick in the just the sixth minute to get Welling off to the perfect start.

Before the break, Andy Pugh made it two with a cracker from 20 yards after Craig Ross had pulled off a string of saves to keep the visitors in the game.

However, Welling weren’t able to keep the pressure up and Patrick Drmola pulled one back. Although Welling had the better chances, they failed to take them and almost paid the price when David Tarpey blazed widely off target deep into injury time.

In past meetings between the two clubs, starting in January 2008, Hampton have won four (the first three and the latest), there have been two draws, and Welling have been victorious five times.

Easter Monday brought another disappointing away day. Despite going one up with a goal claimed by both Alex Cathline and Rickie Hayles, three second half goals gave Chelmsford City a comfortable victory so the team will want to show that they can bounce back.

Who scored at Chelmsford? Picture by Dave Budden.

Wings present £2,000 cheque to For Jimmy


Jimmy’s parents, Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs received the cheque at Welling United’s Park View Road Stadium. The FA Community Fund gives funding to clubs to issue to charities if they qualified for the first round of the FA Cup, which Welling United did in 2016.

Since ‘For Jimmy’ was founded in 2009, Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs, have dedicated their lives to creating a legacy a peace in Jimmy’s name, helping young people to fulfil their potential to create safer, more peaceful communities. They also continue to share Jimmy’s story in pupil referral units, prisons and community groups across the country.

“It is always a pleasure to help such a worthwhile and deserving cause like For Jimmy and we wish Barry and Margaret all the very best in continuing to help the young people within our community.”

Welling United Director, Barry Hobbins.

Key to Jimmy’s work has been the introduction of Safe Havens, which are shops and businesses, identifiable by a sticker in the window, where young people feeling threatened or in danger can enter and the person in charge will agree to lock the door and call a parent, guardian or the police. These Safe Havens have helped to foster a sense of mutual care and responsibility between children and adults in the community.

The money donated will go towards creating more Safe Havens with young people in south-east London, helping to spread Jimmy’s legacy of peace. For Jimmy has appeared on the back of the first team player’s tracksuits this season.

If you’re inspired by what you’ve read here, you can donate , volunteer or sign up to FOR JIMMY mailing list here http://forjimmy.org

Article source: http://forjimmy.org/stories/welling-united-support-for-jimmy/

Chelmsford City 3-1 Welling United

When the Welling management sit down and plan for next season, one thing at the top of the planning list will be finding a way to improve their away form. With just three wins away all season the form on their travels has been a real hindrance this season and Welling’s away day woes continued on Easter Monday as they crashed to defeat at high flying Chelmsford. Having led at Half time a disastrous start to the 2nd half saw Chelmsford score two quickfire goals and turn the game on its head. City wrapped up the game in the 88th minute.

As expected Chelmsford took the game to Welling and Louie Theophanous went close in the 9th minute as the striker spun and his shot brought a smart save out of Chris Lewington.

In the 12th minute City went even closer former Charlton striker Chris Dickson picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and curled and effort just wide with Lewington a spectator.

It was pretty much one way traffic and in the 20th minute Theophanous smashed home an effort but he was adjudged to have come back from an offside postiton and the goal was ruled out.

Chelsmford missed another golden opportunity as a long throw from Chris Bush caused chaos and the ball dropped to Dickson, but he rushed his shot and blazed over.

With their first attempt on goal, The Wings made Chelsmford pay and went ahead in the 25th minute. A Sam Hatton corner was whipped in and a towering header from Rickie Hayles flew into the net.

Shortly after, Chelmsford should have equalised as Buchanan made space for a shot and with Lewington to beat he blazed over the bar.

Chris Dickson then got on the end of a long ball, controlled well but prodded the ball over the bar as Welling went in at half time ahead.

Then disaster struck within 30 seconds of the restart The Wings gifted City an equaliser. Hayles played a back pass to keeper Chris Lewington who smashed the ball straight against Chris Dickson, the City man tapping the ball home, the worst possible start from The Wings.

Just three minutes later it got worse, Michael Spillane heading home unmarked from a Robbie Wilmott corner as The Wings looked shell shocked.

It was one way traffic and Chris Dickson almost added at 3rd but his low effort came back off the post.

Welling who had very little in the way of chances, saw Tyrone Marsh wriggle free in the box but he chose to shot when a lay off to Crawford would have been the better option and his shot was blocked.

With the game drifting to its conclusion Chelsmford wrapped the game up with the best goal of the game. Shaun Jeffers cutting inside before curling an effort from 25 yards beyond Lewington into the roof of the net.

The Wings now have two games left of the season and they play their final home game of the 2016/17 season on Saturday as Hampton visit Park View Road Kick Off 3pm.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Hayles, Walsh, Walker (Leacock 58), Waldren, Cathline (Joseph-Dubois 80), Marsh, Murrell-Williamson (Crawford 58). Subs not used: Fuseini, Richards.

Attendance: 967


Chelmsford City v Welling United preview

On Easter Monday, the Welling United team visits Chelmsford City hoping to build on their two consecutive home victories that have guaranteed another season in the Vanarama National League South.

Tyrone Marsh’s great strike gave them a 3-2 win over Truro following their 4-0 victory over Gosport Borough.

Chelmsford’s surprise defeat at Oxford on Saturday means that the Clarets still require another victory to guarantee them a place in the play-offs.

Those travelling by road From Junction 28 of the M25 join the A12 sign-posted Chelmsford. After approximately nine miles take the exit sign-posted Chelmsford/Harlow. You then join another dual carriageway which will take you past a golf course and countryside on your left hand side.
Continue along this road (for approximately two miles) until you reach the first of two roundabouts (they are close together). You then go straight across the first roundabout (note at this roundabout anyone driving in on the A414 will join). The A414 joiners should turn left at this point and drive up to the second roundabout.

At the second roundabout you take the first left, signposted Chelmsford Crematorium/Widford Industrial Area. Again you keep straight on this road, following the signs for the Town Centre and Hospital A&E.

Along this road you will notice a Nissan Garage on your right and later a Fire Station, also on your right. After the Fire Station you are nearing the final set of lights on this road. Keep left as you approach these lights. As you go through the lights keep left and enter the slip road. Ahead is a Jeep Garage and a road signposted A1060 Sawbridgeworth.

Take the A1060 turning (road name Rainsford Road). Stay on this road, through first set of lights. At second set of lights go into the right-hand filter lane and turn right. This takes you into Chignall Road. Stay on this road for a short while before turning right into Melbourne Avenue. Ahead you will see a tall block of flats, turn left immediately in front of them into Salerno Way. The entrance to the Stadium is via a left turn at the next mini-roundabout.

Parking is currently free, with a small number of spaces available for disabled parking for fans with a blue badge. Free parking is also available in nearby streets and fans are urged to park responsibly and adhere to any parking restrictions in operation. A limited number of bicycle racks are also available.

Chelmsford Railway Station is served by the London Liverpool Street to Ipswich main line but engineering works mean that a replacement bus service is in force between Newbury Park and Ingatestone.
Once arriving at Chelmsford station, there is a taxi rank behind the station or buses from the other side of the road under the viaduct. 54 and 56 buses take around 15 minutes from there.

Entrance fees at the ground are Adults £13, Concessions £9 (65s and over) £5 (12 to 17) and U12s free. There is no additional charge for access to the stands.

Tyrone Marsh celebrating his winner against Truro City. Picture by Dave Budden.

Welling United 3-2 Truro City

Welling won a rollercoaster of a game against Truro City on Good Friday to secure their place in the Vanarama National South for another season. The Wings came from behind with two quick fire 2nd half goals securing the massive 3 points. Tyrone Marsh was the Wings match winner coolly slotting home with 14 minutes left.

In what was no doubt a cagey opening to the game it was Truro who had the first  chance, a half cleared corner fell kindly to Chris Todd on the edge of the area but his half hearted volley flew well wide.

It was clear that Dan Walker was going to have joy down the right flank and he produced a great  cross but  Alex Cathline was unable to turn the cross in at the near post.

It was take two, minutes later Walker again doing well down the right flank but this time Cathline failed to get a clean connection and the ball was easily gathered by  keeper Tom McHale.

However just past the half hour mark Welling took the lead.  A superb delivery from a Rhys Murrell-Williamson free kick found a towering Ben Martin who rolled back the years with a trademark header last seen the season The Wings won the Conference South title.

Welling now sensed more goals as Dan Walker saw a low effort well saved by McHale at the near post. Sam Hatton was then unlucky when he spotted keeper McHale off his line and his dipping volley just went over the bar.

However with 3 minutes until half time, Truro were level with a fortunate own goal.

A long hopefully ball up field by Andrew Neal was not dealt with and as Chris Lewington come to claim the ball, Ben Martin inadvertently stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past a stranded Lewington and into the net.

In what was a mixed 1st Half for Ben Martin, the Wings man had to be replaced at half time having picked up an injury and he was replaced by Rickie Hayles.

Having got back into the game just before half time, just four minutes into the second half, Truro turned the score around and took the lead. A defence splitting ball sent  Dan Smith clear, Smith though chose to roll the ball across the box for Andrew Neal to tap home.

There was almost a stunned silence around PVR as the side from Cornwall had turned the game on its head and now it was Welling who had to go and chase the game. They almost replied within minutes  as Sam Hatton saw his low volley cleared off the line, the ball fell to Phil Walsh but he was unable to turn the rebound in.

In a rollercoaster of a game, the tide was to turn again in The Wings favour. In the 70th minute Cody Cooke was sent clear with just Lewington to beat but he dragged his shot wide, it seemed a big chance missed at the time and just a minute later it  proved to be.

in the 71st minute Welling won a free kick in a dangerous area 30 yards from goal, with everyone expecting Murrell-Williamson to curl his delivery high, the winger whipped in a free  kick low with a lot of speed and his accurate free kick alluded everyone including keeper McHale and found the bottom corner of the net.  That was Murrel-Willamson first  goal in a Welling shirt.

It took just 4 minutes for Welling to regain the lead again for a second time. As Truro cleared a dangeorus Welling attack, Rickie Hayles headed the ball back into the Truro area and his enormous header flew over the heads of a static Truro defence, and found Tyrone Marsh. The striker on loan from Dover who was onside took a slightly heavy touch but then showed real composure, to take another touch before firing low past McHale and into the corner of the net.  It sparked jubilant scenes on the Park View Road terraces.

Alex Cathline done well to burst his way through the Truro defence before unleashing a low effort that had McHale beaten but cannoned back off the post. Despite Truro having a few late corners they came to nothing and The Wings claimed the three points that secured their place in the Vanarama National South as they can begin planning for next season.

The Easter Weekend concludes for Welling with a trip to Chelmsford Kick off 3pm.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Martin (Hayles 46), Walsh, Walker (Crawford 85), Waldren, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Marsh 62), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Leacock, Richards.

Attendance 526


Kent Senior Cup Final details

Spectator Information

Please note that there will be no pre-paid ticket sales for this match, all supporters will have to pay at the turnstile on the day. There will be segregation for this match.


The official Maidstone United FC car park will strictly be for club players & officials, match officials, relevant league officials, Kent FA officials and Maidstone United FC staff. Spectators will not be allowed entry into this car park.


Spectators can park in the various car parks in Maidstone Town Centre which is from a 5 minute walk to the stadium. Usual car parking costs will apply. Train stations Maidstone East & Maidstone Barracks are both a 5 minute walk to the stadium. Maidstone Bus Station is about a 15 minute walk to the stadium.


Dover Athletic fans will have to enter via the side turnstiles (turn right at the Gallagher stadium sign) and will have access to the Main End (1,760 safe standing), approximately 80 seats of the FM Conway Main Stand, and a bar and food outlet.


Welling United, and neutral fans will enter via the main turnstiles (turn left at the Gallagher stadium sign) and will have access to the Locus End (400 safe standing), approximately 500 seats of the main stand, a bar and food outlet.


Admission charges will be:


Adults                          £10.00

Concessions               £5.00 (over 65’s and 5-16)

Under 5’s                     Free

Venue Maidstone United, date Monday 1st May 2017, kick off 3:00pm

Welling United v Truro City match preview

Alex Dyer’s first game in charge at Welling United ended with a convincing 4-0 win over Gosport Borough and he will be hoping to follow up with results over the Easter Weekend that will guarantee Welling’s safety.

On Good Friday, the Wings entertain Truro City looking to move a step closer to remaining in the Vanarama National League South although Truro are also coming in on the back of a good result having held Ebbsfleet United to a draw last Saturday..

Even though Truro’s current away form is as bad as Welling’s home form is good, it would be foolish to take the visitors from Cornwall lightly.

Andrew ‘Rocky’ Neal is a threat and has scored goals regularly all season following his transfer from Bodmin Town. They have been dealt a blow, however, by Torquay United recalling defender Ben Gerring from his loan spell.

Should the game be another like the last time Truro visited, supporters had bet brace themselves for a bumpy ride.

In January 2013, Welling were chasing big spending Salisbury City at the top of the Conference South. Loui Fazakerley put Welling ahead from Joe Healy’s cross and the team were on top until stunned by a 26th minute equaliser through Kieffer Moore.

Andy Watkins put Truro ahead a minute later then four further minutes passed before the same two combined again with Moore finishing.

After the break, Welling reduced the arrears when Truro player manager Lee Hodges brought down Ross Lafayette who was about to tap in. Hodges was dismissed and Healy converted the penalty.

Seven minutes remained when Lafayette levelled with a good finish. Despite being down to ten men, Truro still created openings and Sam Mott made an excellent save from Watkins.

Anthony Acheampong thought he had won it when finishing from Kurtis Guthrie’s cross but the offside flag was up from earlier in the move. Acheampong was not to be denied, however, when he headed home Jack Oberstellar’s cross deep into injury time.

Whether Friday’s game is as eventful as that remains to be said but with plenty of entertainment before and after the game, off the pitch, Park View Road is the place to be.

Welling celebrate Pierre Joseph-Dubois’ opening goal against Gosport. Picture by Dave Budden

Welling United 4-0 Gosport Borough

Welling secured a vital three points with a dominate 2nd half display, a brace a piece from Alex Cathline and Pierre Joesph-Dubois sending The Wings up to 15th in the table.

It what has been another turbulent week at Park View Road, Welling saw Alex Dyer come in to take charge alongside Tristian Lewis as Harry Wheeler left to take control at Billericay Town.

In glorious April sunshine, Welling dominated from the start.

The first chance fell to Alex Cathline who did well to make space for a shot and he brought a fine save out of Nick Jordan.

A low rasping Sam Hatton effort grazed the post with Gosport keeper Jordan beaten at full stretch.

It only seemed a matter of time before Welling would go ahead but Nick Jordan produced a superb save denying a towering Ben Martin header from a corner.

Danny Waldren then failed to turn his header in from another excellent Murrell-Williamson corner.

With Welling failing to take their chances, The Wings seemed to become frustrated and lost their way slightly as the first half drew to a close. It saw Gosport go close with a Ben Wright header straight at Chris Lewington.

Just 20 seconds into the 2nd half The Wings took the lead Welling. Cathline powered his way into the box before his cross come shot was tapped into the roof of the net by Pierre Joesph-Dubois.

Gosport almost made an Immediate reply The Wings losing focus slightly after the goal and they were grateful to Chris Lewington who got down low to prevent Tony Lee’s effort from heading in.

It was made even more vital 5 minutes later as Joseph-Dubois doubled the lead and scored his 2nd. Dan Walker bursting into the box crossing for Joesph-Dubois who expertly turned the ball home from close range.

Alex Cathline added a 3rd for The Wings in the 60th minute picking the ball up on the edge of the area and blasting his effort past Jordan not a bad way to score his first goal in a Welling shirt.

Welling were in full control and Dan Walker hit the post but Welling not to be denied a 4th. A cross from the left was met by Joseph-Dubois, Jordan kept out his header with a fine save, but Cathrine was first to react and prodded the ball home.

With the game won, Gosport had chances for a consolation but Lewington again made a low save from Lee.

Gosport then won a free kick 25 yards from goal and Ben Wright’s powerful free kick was heading in but Chris Lewington beated the effort away.

Cathline almost capped his performance with a hat trick but his effort was saved by the legs of Jordan, who was the away side man of the match despite the scoreline.

Welling now face Truro City at home on Good Friday. Kick off 3pm.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Martin (Crawford 81), Walsh, Walker, Waldren, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Marsh 71), Murrell-Williamson (Richards 80). Subs not used: Fuseini, Leacock.

Attendance: 450