Welling United v Dartford preview

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


FA Trophy game played to completion on the day

The Wings and Lincoln have agreed that the FA Trophy last 16 game at Park View Road on Saturday 4th February will be played to a conclusion on the day, with no replay.

If the match is level after 90 minutes the tie will go to extra time, if it is still level after extra time the tie will go to penalties.

Admission prices on the day are: Adults £12, Over 60’s £8, 12-17s £5 and Under 12s with an adult are FREE. There is a £2 extra charge to sit down in either grandstand.


Its the Wings vs Lincoln City in the FA Trophy last 16

Welling United will play the Vanarama National leaders Lincoln City in the FA Trophy last 16. The draw took place at Wembley Stadium this morning.
In what will obviously be a very tough game, the Wings will draw comfort from their incredible recent record vs the Imps.

More details to follow.

Full draw is below

Saturday 4 February 2017 Third Round Proper

Kick Off No. Home Away
15:00 1 Welling United VS Lincoln City
15:00 2 Braintree Town VS Dulwich Hamlet
15:00 3 Barrow AFC VS Kidderminster Harriers
15:00 4 Tranmere Rovers VS Chelmsford City
15:00 5 Macclesfield Town VS Forest Green Rovers
15:00 6 Wealdstone VS Stockport C / Brackley
15:00 7 Nuneaton Town VS York City
15:00 8 Worthing / Sutton U VS Boreham Wood


Bromley 1-2 Welling United

A sublime free kick from Adam Coombes seven minutes from time saw The Wings come from behind reach the last 16 of the FA Trophy. On a pitch that cut up badly during the tie, Welling to a man put in an a valiant effort and they were rewarded with victory.

Trying to put last week’s poor performance behind them Welling started brightly and the energetic Christian Nanetti almost put Welling ahead in the 4th minute when after making space for a shot he hit the apex of the goal.

However it was Bromley who were to take a 6th minute lead, somewhat against the run of play. A superb free kick from Joe Anderson was cleverly flicked on by Adam Cunnington and Jack Holland was on hand to rather skilfully back heel past Lewington.

Not detered by the early setback Welling continued to push forward and Coombes’ almost connected with a clever flick at the near post from a Sam Hatton corner but Alan Julian saved smartly. Julian then prevented  Coombes again this time as The Wings talisman picked the ball up and smashed a ferocious effort that dipped and swerved before Julian managed to palm the ball over.

However givien Welling’s attacking intent Bromley looked to catch the away side on the break and they nearly succeed. Chris Lewington came flying out of his goal to prevent Blair Turgott but the Bromley man beat the Wings keeper to the ball and managed to skip past him. Turgott’s effort was then cleared by Rickie Hayles but the clearance  went straight back to Turgott who then squared to Louis Dennis to tap home but thankfully for Lewington and Welling the effort was ruled out for offside.

Welling responded and Coombes was again at the heart of all The Wings good work. Turning on a six pence in the area before a combination of a Jack Holland tackle and an Alan Julian save denied him.

However Welling did get the goal their play deserved in the 38th minute albeit in a rather fortunate circumstance. Former Bromley man Danny Waldren spotted the run of Harry Crawford and whipped in a superb cross that the outstretched leg of Harry Crawford just failed to reach but his presence was enough to deter keeper Alan Julian as the ball crept in at the far post.

Perhaps the turning point of the whole game came right on half time though. Bromley looking to restore their lead saw Blair Turgott beat the offside trap to burst clear and the striker only had Chris Lewington to beat, but the Wings’ keeper stayed big and made a fine save with his legs to deny Turgott who looked destined to score.

Welling used that save as motivation going into the second half and they really took a grip on the game dominating for long periods and also looking the better side throughout.

Sam Hatton having a super game in central midfield saw his low drive deflected before Harry Crawford brought out a fine save from Julian.

Bromley rarely threatened although Lee Minshull should have done better when blazing over from close range.

The game was becoming ragged on a pitch that had churned up throughout the game and Welling were now looking to launch balls into the box and play the conditions. Francis just heading wide from a Matt Fish free kick.

But The Wings won it in the 83rd minute with a strike worthy of winning any game of football. Welling won a free kick 30 yards dead centre from goal. Upstepped Adam Coombes who fizzed his effort over the wall and into the top corner of the goal. This sparked wild celebrations as Adam Coombes went to celebrate with the 83 segregated Welling fans.

Bromley looked deflated but had one last chance with a free kick of their own which a rather frustrated Blair Turgott blazed into the Welling wall. But Welling held on for a deserved victory.

The draw for the last 16 takes place on Monday and Welling return to league action next Saturday with another Kent Derby as they host Dartford.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Hayles, Francis, Nanetti (Johnson 90), Waldren, Crawford, Coombes, Joseph-Dubois (Walker 78). Subs not used: Girling, Fuseini, Williams.

Attendance: 519 (83 Welling fans)





Bromley v Welling United preview

Defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday ended Welling United’s run of seven consecutive victories.

Now there is a break from Vanarama National South League action with a visit to Bromley in the F.A. Trophy.

Being in the National Division, the Ravens have only had to navigate one round to reach this stage of the tournament but they didn’t do it the easy way. They were held one all at home to Ryman League Leiston before winning the replay 5-3.

However, Welling started one round earlier and had to negotiate a tricky tie at Concord Rangers, coming away with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a George Oakley goal.

In the next round he was on target again scoring the final goal in the Welling 8-1 rout of Hythe Town. Sadly, he has been recalled early from his loan from AFC Wimbledon so will not be able to attempt to continue his run.

He is only joint leading scorer for Welling in the Trophy as both Adam Coombes and Danny Waldren notched a brace against Hythe.

They would both enjoy scoring against Bromley, especially as they are two of four former Ravens who will be hoping to line up against one of their previous clubs. They are joined by Ali Fuseini and captain Sean Francis.

On the other side, Bromley have two ex-Wings in their squad. George Porter was at Park View Road last season whilst Tobi Sho-Silva has had two loan spells with Welling.

Two Vanarama players of the month for December will be on show. Coombes, winner of the award in the South Division, will be hoping to break the 30 goal mark for the season. Blair Turgott, so impressive for Bromley in the pre-season friendly here during the summer, took the prize for the National Division.

It appears that segregation will be in force for this game. Should a replay be required, it will take place next Tuesday, 17th January at Park View Road kick off 19:45.

Welling captain Sean Francis. Picture by Dave Budden

George Allen

George Allen leaves the Wings

George Allen has left the club and has subsequently joined Canvey Island.

The centre half suffered a training ground injury in pre season and then went on loan to Bishop’s Stortford after recovering from his injury.. The centre back has had his contract with the Wings mutually terminated.

Good luck George


Hemel Hempstead 2-0 Welling United

The 2nd post Jamie Day era ended in defeat at Hemel Hempstead. With Day and Consultant Adrian Pennock departing for Gillingham earlier in the week, it was left to Harry Wheeler & Tristian Lewis to try steady the ship.

Unfortunately despite showing plenty of effort, Welling rarely troubled the home side and went down 2-0.

In a game that will not be remember as a dirty encounter the match saw referee Savvas Yinnai show a staggering 11 yellow cards and at times prevented the game from becoming much of a spectacle.

It only took 7 minutes for Welling to fall behind.     Despite being offside, the referee overruled his assistant and brought play back for a foul 25 yards from goal. Upstepped Jordan Parkes who curled an effort over the wall, his effort seemed to bounce in front of Girling and the ball went through the body of the keeper and in at the near post.

The Wings were rattled and they nearly fell 2 behind when Jake Robinson was slipped in and scored, but play was brought back for an offside.

Slowly but surely, Welling managed to get into the game and a free kick from Hatton fell kindly to Rickie Hayles but his effort lacked any conviction and was easily gathered by Butler.

Jamie Butler was soon called into action straight after as a towering George Oakley header was looping in but for a smart tip over from Butler.

It was Welling dictating the play and Walker was unlucky soon after. A superb cross from Adam Coombes found Walker at the back post but the ball bounced awkwardly so he met the ball with a header on his knees and his effort went high over the bar.

Welling continued to finish the half strongly  but Rickie Hayles could only direct his header wide from a corner.

Hemel who would have no doubt been glad to hear the half time whistle, took full advantage of the break and came out a different side in the 2nd half, but not before Jamie Butler had to make an improvised interception with his legs to prevent Coombes tapping home a Batton cross.

After this Hemel then started to take control of the game and Rohdell Gordon went close but Girling saved well.

Harry Girling then made another fine save this time from Jake Robinson. Welling tried to respond but their chances were really only coming from set pieces. Sean Francis heading Sam Hatton’s free kick wide.

As Welling pushed further up field in search of an equaliser it started to leave gaps at the back. Jake Robinson was played through and he skip round the advancing Girling only to see Rickie Hayles make a last ditch clearance off the line.

Jordan Parkes then forced Girling into a smart save tipping his effort over the bar.

It was no real surprise when Hemel added a 2nd in the 75th minute. But the manner of the goal will have disappointed the Wings. A mix up between Hayles and Girling saw Jake Robinson nip in and poke the ball past a stranded Harry Girling.

As Welling began to tire it was almost 3 Robinson almost adding a double on the day but Girling saved his effort.

So a disappointing afternoon for Welling, they now have a two week break from league action to concentrate on The FA Trophy tie at Bromley next Saturday.

Welling United: Girling, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Hayles, Francis, Walker (Joseph-Dubois 67), Waldren, Crawford (Williams 87), Coombes, Oakley (Nanetti 61). Subs not used: Johnson, Fuseini.

Attendance: 463