On a sunny afternoon at PVR, Welling lined up for their second pre-season friendly. After the disappointment of the midweek cancellation at Erith Town, Wings boss Fazakerley shuffled his pack. Tashan Adeyinka came into the side after returning on holiday, whilst trialist Ben McNamara slotted in between the sticks.
After Welling’s bright start, it was McNamara who caused the game’s first talking point. The former Hendon stopper was involved in a defensive mix up which lead the ball to drop to Fleet’s Jordan Parkes who composed himself and slotted home off the post.
As the half went on Ebbsfleet started getting more shots on goals and McNamara redeemed himself after tipping over a rasping drive from Alex Osborn.
The game was played in a competitive spirit, with tackles flying in all over the park.
After a tidy corner routine, the ball ran to the impressive Parkes who unleashed a thunderous drive onto the crossbar. Shortly after, ex-Wing Danny Kedwell found himself open in the box but his sloppy shot went out for a throw-in.
Welling’s best spell of the first half started with Zach Fagan, who sent Reece Harris a cutting through ball, Harris’ cross then found Wellard, whose header was acrobatically tipped over by Brandon Hall in the Fleet goal.
Right before half-time another defensive mix up cost Welling dear. Failure to clear after a good stop by McNamara lead the ball to drop to Kenny Clark, who poked home unmarked.
At the break the Wings replaced McNamara, Kabba and Adeyinka with Smith, Porter and Obafemi.
Welling started brightly after the break and Osborne forced another fine save from Hall after Wellard’s corner found the ex-Charlton man.
The bright start from the home side continued, and after good work from Porter, the ball dropped to Wellard who beat Hall to halve the deficit.
Shortly after Welling made two more subs, Sam Corne and Kevin Lokko replaced Vidal and Chambers.
Welling equalised immediately after when the ball was worked to Obafemi and the ex-Dagenham slotted home.
The flurry of substitutions continued as Fazakerley brought himself and Kojo Awotwei on to replace Reece Harris and Barney Williams, with James Fitchett replacing Osborne shortly after.
In the final ten minutes Ebbsfleet broke down their right hand side through Robbie Wilmott who floated a classy cross over the Welling defence, Jordan Parkes met the ball at the back post and placed a header over Smith and into the net to seal the win for the visitors.
WUFC – McNamara, Williams, Jefford, Osborne, Chambers, Fagan, Vidal, Wellard (c) Kabba, Adeyinka, Harris.
Subs – Fazakerley, Smith (gk), Lokko, Awotwei, Corne, Obafemi, Plummer, Johnson, Fitchett, Porter.