Author: Dan Harrison

Wings announce Addicks test

The Club are pleased to announce the annual pre-season friendly with Sky Bet League 1 neighbours Charlton Athletic will take place at Park View Road on Saturday, July 7 with a 3pm kick off.

Last season’s fixture saw The Addicks run out 3-0 winners.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the club at the below prices:

Adults – £13
Over 65s – £8
12-17 – £8
Under 12s – £3
All seating will be an extra £2

On the day prices
Adults – £15
Over 65s – £10
12-16 – £10
Under 12s – £3

All seating will be an extra £2

For more information call the club on 020 8301 1196

King makes first signings

New Welling boss Steve King has wasted no time in constructing his squad for his debut season at PVR.

First-up is goalkeeper Daniel Wilks. Wilks follows King from former club Whitehawk after joining the Hawks mid-season and going on to make 18 appearances. He has also turned out for Maldon & Tiptree, making over 50 appearances for The Jammers.

King has also snapped up Jordan Gibbons after a spell at Whitehawk. The defender recently returned from the USA where he played professionally for Phoenix Rising in the United Soccer League.

Also joining from the south coast is wideman Zack Newton who joins from Worthing. Newton also had a spell at Met Police in 2017/18.

Finally, it’s a familiar face for Welling fans with Craig Braham-Barrett returning to the Club for his third spell. The pacy left back joins from Vanarama National South side Chelmsford City.

All four have signed one-year deals at the club.

King takes Welling hot seat

Welling United are delighted to announce that Steve King has taken the position of manager at the Club on a two-year contract.

King has a wealth of experience at non-league level listing Whitehawk, Macclesfield, Lewes and Farnborough amongst his former clubs.

Most recently King was at the helm at Whitehawk and almost pulled off a great escape with the side looking dead-and-buried. After a huge squad overhaul King inspired the Hawks to a great run of form which included a 2-1 victory over Welling back in April.

King’s CV also includes various play off campaigns and cup success, notably taking Macclesfield town to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 2013, for the first time in the club’s history.

Steve will be announcing his backroom team in due course.

Welcome to Welling, Steve.

Listen to Steve King’s interview with Mark Doig below.

Lewis leaves Welling

Welling United’s Director of Football, Tristan Lewis, will not be continuing in this role next season and has left the Club.

We wish to place on record our thanks to Tristan for all his hard work over the past 2 years. He formed a thriving Academy structure and achieved great success with our Youth Team during its first season, before now passing over the Academy operation to Garry Fiore and Brett Smith. Aside from this, he worked with Harry Wheeler as a joint caretaker manager and then finished off the season with Alex Dyer to ensure we kept our National League South status in 2016/17.
He then went on this season to make a significant contribution in the dug out in support of Jamie Coyle and Jack Parkinson and leaves the Club in a top ten position.

We wish him all the best and every success in his future career.

Club Statement

Welling United FC and Jamie Coyle have agreed for Jamie to part company as manager.
The club wishes to place on record its gratitude to Jamie for his efforts this past season especially for helping us to provide a stable base for the club to move forward from and he leaves his post with our best wishes for the future. Jamie will remain involved as Head of Education within our new academy.

Wings manager speaks after Chippenham defeat

After a frustrating defeat at Chippenham Town Jamie Coyle said “I think we actually played really well in spells. From the defensive third to the midfield third, I think we did really well.

“We moved the ball quickly, we got up the pitch well, we got bodies forward, but again it kind of summarises our last month of the season. We are not creating enough in the final third. With all due respect to them, we’ve played against a team in the bottom half and the keeper hasn’t had to make a save.

“It’s clear where me need to look. It’s not just the forward players. It’s the service into them as well but to play against a team where we’ve had seventy-eighty percent possession today, to not turn it into a clear chance, we need to improve.

“The good thing is today, that I have taken myself out of the team and I’ve seen it from the side and you get a different perspective.

“It’s so clear. It’s glaringly obvious where we need to improve and we can do that. We’ve got the players that are already lined up, that want to come in and improve what we’ve already got. Today we’ve moved the ball well and kept really good possession, probably the best we’ve been all season in terms of having possession but we haven’t created any chances so it’s something we need to address, especially in pre-season.”

“That was one of (Ben) Jefford’s best games for a long time. I thought that he did really well today. I know that he played at centre half for Welling in the National League when he was here previously, but I thought he did really well today and was one of our better players on the pitch. He’s done really well.

“Archie (Johnson) again was solid after not having played for a while and he’s come in today and done well. Archie’s a youngster and he’s got a future at the club. His attitude has been fantastic from start to finish.  

“Whether or not he’s going to be involved in starting next year or we look at dual reg next year., we’re looking at a couple of youngsters who’ve done really well this season that might come in and we may have to look at dual reging at a decent level. That’s the way that we are looking in terms of developing players for the future.

“The decision has been made on the majority of players on who’s going to stay and who’s going to go.We sat down and we wrote down the players that are actually ours and the players that we are going to keep. We’ll have a nucleus of seven or eight that are going to stay. Jamie Philpot’s on loan, Bailey Vose is on loan, Mags (Magnus Okuonghae) is on loan.

“If you write down who we’ve actually got in the squad, there aren’t many and we have been thin on the ground in terms of our squad size this year and that’s something next year that we have to improve on, whether it’s youngsters around the place because it helps with training and it helps with competing on match days.

“Joe (Healy)’s going to call it a day. I’m working on taking him out for as many dinners and coffees as I possibly can to try and change his mind but he has family commitments and work.

Dymond and Jebb sign on for 2018/19

Wings manager Jamie Coyle has wasted no time in lining up his squad for the 2018/19 season by securing the services of midfield duo Connor Dymond and Jack Jebb on one-year deals.

Combative midfielder Dymond joined The Wings from neighbours Bromley last pre-season before going on to make over 35 appearances and quickly became a fans’ favourite with his no-nonsense displays.

Coyle moved to bring in former Sutton man Jebb after a slow start to the 2017/18 campaign and the midfielder instantly caught the after creating two goals on his home debut before racking up over 30 appearances and scoring five goals.

Exciting new media partnership

Welling United FC and Your Instant Replay are set to embark upon an exciting media partnership for 2018/2019 season.

Established in 2016, Your Instant Replay are a team of industry professionals who provide exceptional filming, media and performance analysis services to football clubs throughout the non-league and women’s pyramid, from grassroots to the Vanarama National League and FA Women’s Premier League.

Your Instant Replay is set to film all Welling United FC home matches matches alongside sharing the footage filmed by our opponents when we play away fixtures, providing an extensive matchday highlights package via a new designated online YouTube channel ‘Welling United TV’. Fans shall have even greater opportunity to gain ‘behind the scenes’ access at Park View Road with pre and post-match interviews with players and coaching staff, as well as analysis for upcoming fixtures.

Havant & Waterlooville 2-1 Welling United

By Dan Harrison

Welling travelled to Hampshire in the hope of extending their FA Trophy run and making the third round.

The Wings’ management trio made a couple of changes to the line up after the defeat to Grimsby. The returning Harry Lee and Friday’s signings Kadell Daniel and Marek Rodek all slotted straight into the side whilst Jake Green made the bench.

Welling started the game brightly and tried to play through the Havant back line on a very tricky pitch, but it was the hosts who opened the scoring. After a deep free kick into the box wasn’t cleared, the ball fell to Hill at the far post who then controlled and slotted past debutant Rodak between the Welling sticks.

The Wings weren’t to be behind for long, however. Good work and an excellent cross from left-back Ben Jefford forced a defensive header from the Havant centre back. As the ball looped back to earth Reece Harris tracked its movement and hammered a half-volley past Havant stopper Young.

Both sides struggled to carve out any opportunities and the half ended one apiece.

Conditions became more difficult in the second half as the sandy pitch began to cut up and both teams began to play the long ball.

Welling huffed and puffed but lacked any cohesion or direction and could not get going.

The hosts took the lead for the second time of the game with 25 minutes left on the clock. A direct cross from the left hand side found the giant striker Shamir Mullings unmarked. The Havant number nine headed the ball low to the centre of the goal and it squirmed under Rodak.

Welling failed to trouble Young until five minutes before time when Bakare was free in the box but fired straight at the keeper.

The final whistle was greeted by a chorus of boos by the increasingly disgruntled Welling faithful.

WUFC – Rodak, Williams (Cumberbatch 85), Jefford, Vidal, Osborne, Chambers, Porter (Bakare 62), Lee, Harris, Daniel, Wellard (c) (Green 67). SUBS – McEntegart (gk), Fagan, Bakare, Cumberbatch, Green.

Welling United 2-3 Ebbsfleet United

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.