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.