Welling United 0-1 Whitehawk

Welling squandered a golden opportunity to reach the FA Cup 1st Round by producing an abysmal performance against fellow National League south side Whitehawk. A 4th minute strike from Reece Connelly putting the side from Sussex through.

It was a performance manager Mark Goldberg called embarrassing.

The goal that was to win the game, came as early as the 4th minute, a simple long ball over the top from Micheal West caught a static Welling defence cold and with Lewington hesitant to come, Reece Connelly burst clear before rifling the ball on the half volley into the bottom corner.

Welling were struggling to get going, with passes going a stray , The Wings seeing Dean Morgan curling a free kick over the bar, the best of very few early chances..

It was Whitehawk though who looked the more likely to score as Wilfred Tagbo just headed wide before West then went close with an effort at the far post.

Welling almost scored out of nothing as a cross was half cleared to Ali Fuseini who was lingering on the edge of the area, before taking a touch and hitting a scorching effort that Ross Flitney did well to tip the ball onto the outside of the post and wide.

Sensing his starting eleven was not working manager Mark Goldberg brought off Jordan Brown for the more attacking Lyle Della-Verde.

But it was Whitehawk who still looked the better side as Glen Southam hit an effort over before Lewington made a superb save from Connolly who looked certain to score but Lewington stood tall and pushed the ball away.

Lyle Della-Verde was trying to spark some life into a floundering Welling attack but Flitney produced another fine save to keep out the Welling sub. .

Whitehawk still tried to push forward sensing gaps in the Welling defence, Matt Fish produced a great tackle to  prevent Targbo, who would have been clean through.

Fuseini again hit another hit and hope effort wide, after the ball was played back to him by Della-Verde.

With time ticking, good work between Morgan and Coombes, saw the Wings top scorer wriggle free and with Fltiney to beat, Coombes curled a weak effort that squirmed under the body of Flitney but the Whitehawk keeper was able to just prevent the ball from crossing the line.

And with the game deep into injury time, Coombes headed over a Della-Verde cross when the free Rickie Hayles behind him who would have had a clear header at goal.

It was a disjointed display that left Welling to concentrate on the league and now the focus must be to battle off a relegation fight.

Whitehawk visit Park View Road next Saturday in the National League South.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Braham-Barrett, Fuseini, Francis, Hayles, Hatton (Johnson 78), Waldren, Coombes, Morgan (Nelson 90), Brown (Della-Verde 46). Subs not used: Agu, Leacock

Attendance: 515


Hurns Tomos Watkins Cwrw Haf is Saturday’s real ale

The Wings Sports Bar will have real ale Hurns Tomos Watkins Cwrw Haf on sale on Saturday for the big FA Cup game day vs Whitehawk at Park View Road.

Make sure you check out the Wings bars on the Welling United side of the ground for HD live sport on numerous screens and hot food in our refurbished lounge upstairs.

We also have draught Guinness on sale on match days at Park View Road in the Wings bars.


Goldberg brings Braham-Barrett back to Park View Road

Mark Goldberg has brought ex Welling United left back Craig Braham-Barrett back to Park View Road, on a month’s loan from Braintree Town.

The 28 year old left the Wings for £10,000 when he signed for Peterborough United in 2008 after appearing 21 times and scoring 3 goals for us.

Craig has been playing at right back for Braintree Town in an unfavoured position, he goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s home FA Cup match Welling United vs Whitehawk, kick off 3:00pm.

Welcome back to Park View Road Craig.

Mark Goldberg has loaned three of his squad to other clubs this week, Jonte Smith joins Lewes, Jamie Slabber joins Bishops Stortford as does George Allen. Good luck to all three players on loan.

image: Cheltenham Town


Wings thrash Dockers in London Senior Cup

Adam Coombes four goals took his Welling tally to sixteen as his team eased past Erith Town in the London Senior Cup, writes Mark Doig.

Sean Francis, Rickie Hayles and Dean Leacock were all absent so Welling went into the game with a makeshift centre back partnership of Danny Waldren and Mitchell Nelson.

After an edgy start Coombes put Welling ahead with a low drive from Lyle Della-Verde’s through ball.

Dean Morgan, and Della-Verde shot wide for the Wings before former Welling keeper Adam Highsted made an acrobatic save.

Waldron was then off target before Highsted saved from Dan Walker. The Wings striker departed injured soon after, and was replaced by Josh Jackson.

As half time approached, Coombes broke clear and shot beyond Highsted for his second, then completed his hat-trick from the spot in first half injury time.

Highsted made a brilliant save from Nelson before Bradley Simms profited on poor defending to pull one back.

Ali Fuseini made it five after Della-Verde’s break had scrambled the Dockers’ defence,

They came straight back, however, and Quinten Conteh fired home from Simms’ pass.

Fuseini then repaid Della-Verde by creating the opening for him to make it six.

Mike McKenna hit the bar for Erith then Morgan did likewise for Welling before Delle-Verde showed great composure to add Welling’s seventh in the closing minutes.

Welling United: Lewington (Agu 66), Brown, Johnson, Fuseini, Waldron, Nelson, Della-Verde, Hatton, Walker (Jackson 35), Coombes (Brand 66), Morgan. Unused Substitute: Thompson-Martelly.

Watch all 9 goals from tonight on WingsTV now http://www.wellingunited.com/wp/wings-tv-videos/


Wings sending first team to Erith Town on Wednesday

Welling United will send their first team to Erith Town on Wednesday for a London Senior Cup match, kick off 7:45pm

With the game taking place on a Wednesday in between the Wings usual two training days, the Wings boss has opted to send the first team squad to Oakwood (VCD’s ground, where Erith Town groundshare) on Wednesday.

The Wings will be at home to Cray Valley or Croydon in the next round if they overcome Erith Town.



Maidenhead highlights now on WingsTV

Over 20 minutes of HD highlights are now on WIngsTV from Welling United vs Maidenhead United. In a game where the Wings led and hit the post twice and had 3 strong appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Ian Fissenden, the league leaders came from behind to snatch all three points in a smash and grab.

Watch the HD highlights here along with Mark Goldberg’s full post match interview http://www.wellingunited.com/wp/wings-tv-videos/


Welling United 1-2 Maidenhead United

Welling lost to table topping Maidenhead on Saturday, The Magpies coming from behind to snatch victory away from The Wings.

The display for 65 minutes from Welling was impressive, but two defensive errors in the final 25 minutes spoilt a display that deserved more and allowed Maidenhead to take advantage and steal the points.

Buoyed by two high scoring victories in a week Welling looked to attack from the get go.

Dean Morgan’ saw a free kick punched away rather shakily by keeper Carl Pentney.

Adam Coombes was in the heart of the Wings attacking play and although he started in a much deeper role he still went close when forcing a good save from Pentney.

Maidenhead were struggling to get into the game and a half chance from Sean Marks saw him fire over.

Welling should have gone ahead shortly after Coombes picked the ball up in the deep position before striking a low effort that was deflected onto the post and away.

Welling kicking towards the favoured road end were playing some lovely football. Morgan chipped a delicate ball into the path of Sam Hatton who cushioned his header to Coombes and the Wings man looked for all the world to score but side footed his volley over.

Into the 2nd half and Welling failed to relent in their pressure, as Danny Waldren struck an effort just wide.

Pentney then made a fine save from a fierce effort from Welling debutant Matt Fish.

Soon after Maidenhead almost took a surprise lead leading scorer Dave Tarpey wriggled clear but was denied by a marvellous save from Chris Lewington.

However in the 62nd minute, Welling went ahead and deservedly so. Coombes playing the ball to Morgan, who hit an arrowed left footed drive into the corner of the net, it was a lovely team goal.

It looked as if Welling had added a 2nd shortly after as a corner was met by Sean Francis at the back post and with some parts of the ground celebrating a goal Francis put his header into the side netting. Adam Coombes then hit the post for a 2nd time from a free kick  as they again came so close to that precious 2nd goal.

These missed chances came back to haunt Welling. In the 71st minute Jordan Cox broke free down the right and crossed for Sean Marks to out jump Francis and guide a header past Lewington.

A largely subdued Maidenhead then came alive and Massey went close with a header from a corner. In now what was becoming a ding dong end to end affair Coombes then went close but missed the target by inches.

But it was Maidenhead who would have the last laugh. Pouncing on a terrible clearance by Jordan Brown Dave Tarpey nipped in and with all the time in the world he slipped the ball under the body of a Lewington to steal victory for the table toppers.

It was a cruel blow for Welling but a harsh reminder of the fine margins between winning and losing.

Welling now have a week to prepare for the massive FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round with Whitehawk at Park View Road.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown (Della-Verde 87), Fuseini, Hayles (Nelson 56), Francis, Hatton, Waldren, Walker, Coombes, Morgan. Subs not used: Agu, Johnson, Slabber.

Attendance 600



Matt Fish signs for the Wings

Ex Gillingham full back Matt Fish signed for the Wings on Thursday at their Coldharbour training ground. The 27 year old right back made over 70 appearances for Gillingham and also made over 130 appearances for Dover Athletic which attracted the Gills. Fish has most recently been at Ebbsfleet United.

The full back fell out of favour at Stonebridge Road and Wings boss Mark Goldberg swooped this week to bring him to Park View Road.

Welcome to Welling United Matt.


From the Training Ground ahead of Maidenhead

WingsTV were at training tonight to catch up with Mark Goldberg and new signing Matt Fish ahead of Welling United vs Maidenhead United at Park View Road this Saturday in the Vanarama National South, kick off 3:00pm.

Watch interviews with both plus footage from the training ground  on WingsTV now http://www.wellingunited.com/wp/wings-tv-videos/

You can sign up for WingsTV here http://www.wellingunited.com/wp/wingstv-sign-up/ for HD match highlights home and away, interviews and training ground videos each week.