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Welling United 3-1 Bath City

Welling secured a vital 3 points as a double from top scorer Adam Coombes and a single goal from Harry Crawford saw off Bath. It was a much improved display from The Wings and one that took them within a point of safety.

Welling started brightly and Harry Crawford saw an effort blocked before Danny Waldren may have done better with a volley that he sliced wide from the edge of the area.

Welling took advantage of there early dominance by taking an 8th minute lead. Matt Fish played an insightful ball into George Oakley who excellently laid the ball off to  Adam Coombes and the Wings man rifled home on the half volley from the edge of the area.

Welling went in search of a second and George Oakley looked certain to power home a Sam Hatton corner but his goal bound header skimmed off the head of Chas Hemmings and deflected over the bar.

Having survived the scare, Bath finally settled into the game and Frankie Artus hit an effort wide with their first real attack of the game.

Midway through the half Welling lost Pierre Joseph-Dubois to injury and he was replaced with Christian Nanetti.

He was in the thick of the action straight away hassling and harrying Simpson into a rushed back pass that Coombes intercepted, the Wings striker opted for an instinctive turn and shot but keeper Max O’Leary made a fine stop with his legs.

Right on the stroke of half time, Bath sent out a warning shot as a deep Ryan Broom cross was met by Andy Watkins but his header crashed back off the post.

Into the second half and with just two minutes gone, Bath equalised. A corner from the left was met by Harry Artus and his looping header somehow found the net after Sean Francis and Wings keeper Harry Girling seem to get in each other’s way trying to prevent the ball from looping in.

In recent games this equaliser would have resulted in Welling folding but they responded in great fashion. The lively Harry Crawford drew a great save from O’Leary as he burst through.

A superb lay off from Crawford saw Sam Hatton riffle an effort inches over with O’Leary beaten.

But in the 67th minute Welling went ahead again. Nanetti’ bursting his way into the box before being upended by Artus. Up stepped Coombes and he coolly sent O’Leary the wrong way for his second and 17th goal in all competitions for the season.

Welling were playing some good football and they were rewarded with a 3rd to wrap up the game ten minutes later. Matt Fish played a great ball through to Coombes who from a tight angle managed to keep the ball in play before he laid the ball back into the path of  Harry Crawford who calmy stroked the ball home and got the goal his overall performance deserved.

Welling saw the game out in great style and with it gained their first home league win on a Saturday since Halifax Town in September 2015, bringing with it back to back wins for the first time this season.

Welling host Hythe Town in the FA Trophy next Saturday 3pm Kick off

Welling United: Girling, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Francis, Hayles, Joseph-Dubois (Nanetti 25), Waldren (Bray 90), Crawford, Coombes, Oakley (Fuseini 85). Subs not used: Lewington, Bray, Johnson.

Attendance: 466





Real ale for Saturday

The Wings Bar will be selling Wychwood’s Bah Humbug on Saturday for the Bath City game at Park View Road. The upstairs lounge will also have hot foot available to buy.

Both Wings Bars are open to home and away supporters and can be found on the Welling United side of the ground,

HD Sport can be watched on the numerous screens in the Wings Bars


Welling United v Bath City preview

Welling United return to league football by hosting Bath City on Saturday.

This will be Jamie Day’s first league game in his second spell as Welling manager following his short spell as Head Coach.

Success when he was manager first time around came from Welling’s home form. This season, results at Park View Road have been pretty miserable on the whole and he wants a return to their old fortress tag.

He made a rallying call to supporters after last week’s success in the F.A. Trophy at Concord Rangers and hopes to see some of the supporters who have disappeared in recent weeks come back, and for everyone to get behind the Welling players.

Bath City’s name conjures up F.A. Cup memories for some of the longer standing supporters.

When Welling were drawn to host the Romans in the F.A. Cup in 1987, hopes were high that the Wings would get through to the third round for the first ever time. All hopes were dashed when Bath went home with a 1-0 victory.

Then, the following season, the teams were drawn together at the same stage only this time with Bath being hosts. That game ended 0-0 and a replay was required back at Welling.

By the time the replay was played, everyone knew that the victors would host Blackburn Rovers in the third round. It did not start well for the Wings and when they fell two behind it appeared like deja-vu.

This time, however, Welling came back and claimed a thrilling 3-2 victory to take them into the third round for the first and only time.

After eight games without a win, Bath broke the run with a win at Wealdstone in mid November and they have now gone three games unbeaten so both teams will be keen to extend their unbeaten spells.

Danny Waldren celebrates a goal. Picture by Dave Budden


Wings drawn at home to Hythe Town in FA Trophy

The first round proper of the Buildbase FA Trophy was draw today and the Wings will face Ryman One South side Hythe Town at Park View Road.

The first round proper will take place on Saturday 10 December, with winning clubs receiving £5000 from The FA’s prize fund.

The draw 

1 Gateshead v King’s Lynn Town
2 Farsley Celtic or Tamworth v Southport
3 Solihull Moors v Matlock Town or FC Halifax Town
4 Shaw Lane Association v Lincoln City
5 Gainsborough Trinity or Alfreton Town v North Ferriby United
6 Kidderminster Harriers v AFC Telford United
7 FC United Of Manchester or Nuneaton Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels or Stalybridge Celtic
8 Harrogate Town or Salford City v Barrow
9 AFC Fylde v Mickleover Sports or Brackley Town
10 York City v Curzon Ashton or Worcester City
11 Chorley or Stafford Rangers v Guiseley
12 Witton Albion or Boston United v Chester
13 Wrexham v Tranmere Rovers
14 Altrincham or Blyth Spartans v Macclesfield Town
15 Stockport County v Darlington 1883 or Marine
16 Ebbsfleet United v Woking
17 Chelmsford City v Hitchin Town
18 Dagenham & Redbridge v Worthing or Hemel Hempstead Town
19 Harlow Town v Eastleigh
20 Whitehawk or St Albans City v Poole Town or Weymouth
21 Braintree Town v Torquay United
22 Margate or East Thurrock United v Aldershot Town
23 Dulwich Hamlet v Hampton & Richmond Borough or Royston Town
24 Welling United v Hythe Town
25 Maidenhead United or Wealdstone v Wingate & Finchley
26 Dartford v Dover Athletic
27 South Park v North Leigh
28 AFC Sudbury v Gosport Borough
29 Sutton United v Bath City
30 Forest Green Rovers v Truro City
31 Boreham Wood v Maidstone United
32 Bromley v Leiston or Eastbourne Borough



Trophy delight as Wings down Concord

George Oakley’s first Welling United goal was enough to ensure the team progressed to the first round of the F.A. Trophy.

There can be little doubt that the Wings were the better team for most of the game but it looked as though Concord Rangers would take them back to Park View Road for a replay.

Tuesday night’s penalty shoot out hero Harry Girling did not have a direct shot to save as Welling kept just their third clean sheet of the season, and their second at Concord.

Having been appointed manager on Wednesday after a spell as head coach, Jamie Day put out a team playing a 4-2-3-1 formation and he was delighted with their showing. “I thought that it was a really good away performance. The boys dug in and showed a lot of heart and desire to want to win a game.”

In the first half alone, Welling had seven corners to Concord’s one but found goalkeeper Bailey Vose in fine form on his Concord debut.

His save from Adam Coombes mid way through the first period had the Wings’ leading scorer shaking his head in disbelief. Matt Fish put in an excellent cross that Coombes headed towards the top corner but Vose somehow turned it over.

Girling showed the importance of keeping concentration when diving bravely at the feet of Joao Carlos after the pacey striker had broken through but that was Welling’s only alarm in the first half.

Coombes smashed a free kick over early in the second period before Danny Waldren’s drive struck team-mate Oakley.

Jordan Brown, playing his first match back for Welling following his successful loan spell at Concord, Wings TV’s man of the match, put over an excellent cross that Coombes headed back towards Harry Crawford, but Vose anticipated well and got their first.

Vose was again in action when making a full length save from Crawford, then Coombes spun and shot just wide.

Finally, Oakley broke the deadlock with seven minutes remaining when firing a low shot into the bottom corner from twenty yards.

Sam Hatton’s free kick went wide as Welling saw out the remaining minutes with relative ease.

Now Welling await news of who they will play in the first round when the Conference clubs enter the tournament.

Welling United: Girling, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Francis, Hayles, Joseph-Dubois (Johnson 73), Waldren, Crawford, Coombes (Fuseini 87), Walker (Oakley 41). Unused Substitutes: Agu, Bray.

Picture by Dave Budden


Welling start FA Trophy campaign at Concord

Welling United continue their short break from league football with an F.A. Trophy game at Concord Rangers on Saturday.

This will be Jamie Day’s first game in his second spell as Welling manager following a short spell as Head Coach.

It won’t be Welling’s first visit to the Aspect Arena this season as they have already won 5-0 there. Adam Coombes scored a hat-trick, including one from the penalty spot. Pierre Joseph-Dubois and Lyle Della-Verde were also on the score sheet.

Their ground’s address is Thames Road, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0HH. Admission for this game is £10 adults, £5 Concessions and under 16s and free of charge. Programmes will be available for £2.

Those using roads through the Dartford Tunnel should take the A13 turn off towards Basidon. Turn off at the A130 along Canvey Way and follow to the roundabout for the third exit to Canvey Road. Continue through one roundabout then take the next effort to the second roundabout. Continue down Thorney Bay Road and take the second right onto Thames Road

Public transport users can travel to Benfleet station from Fenchurch Street which goes through Linehouse and West Ham. Once there, the bus stop is almost right outside the station and buses 21 or 27 will take you within a short walk to the ground.

Should you fancy a pre-match beer, the pubs in the area aren’t too exciting but there is a clubhouse at the ground.

The Beachboys current form is reasonable with two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six games. One defeat in five league games has taken them above the Wings in the league and their other defeat was against Chelmsford City in the Essex Senior Cup.

Although league points are Welling’s priority, a good cup run could lift the spirits and help gain momentum for their push up the table.

Picture of Christian Nanetti converting the winning penalty by Dave Budden


Mark Goldberg appoints Jamie Day as Welling United manager

Mark Goldberg has tonight stepped aside as Welling United manager and appointed former Welling United manager Jamie Day as the Wings new manager, Goldberg has also added another former Welling manager to the club’s staff in appointing Adrian Pennock as consultant.

Mark Goldberg issued this statement late on Thursday evening.

“After due consideration, I have decided to step aside from first team management duties as I have recognised that it is too ambitious of me to be effective as both a football club manager and an owner whilst running alongside other business interests.

Jamie Day has agreed to step up as 1st team manager alongside Ady Pennock who has also agreed to join the Club as a consultant, to assist us during this transitional period. I will still work closely to support both Jamie and Ady and Harry Wheeler.

I feel privileged to have had more than a decade in non league football management, from youth football development through to 1st team, at every level from Ryman through to Conference National and to have been involved in a number of great Cup runs. Now I have to concentrate on supporting my management team in the way others have supported me in the past and to ensure that we get through this difficult period and avoid relegation before moving forward together.” – Mark Goldberg

Jamie Day will be well known to Wings fans having led the Wings to the Conference South title in 2012-13 having been beaten in the play off final the previous season. Day was also a fans favourite as a player where he led by example, being a committed central midfielder. Day’s teams are known for their work rate and commitment to the club.

30706_0_lAdy Pennock was Day’s manager at Welling United in Day’s playing career. Pennock joined the Wings in 2005 and led the Wings until he left to run Stoke City’s academy after the 2006-07 season. Pennock then went on to become first team coach at Stoke City. (Pennock pictured with Graham Hobbins after becoming Welling United manager in 2005)

Day and Pennock successfully joined forces again when Pennock was manager at Forest Green Rovers, Pennock took the Gloucestershire club to the higher reaches of the National League before he was sensationally sacked before the play off semi final to the Football League last season.