Author: Spills GB

Welling United 3-2 Hungerford Town

Welling picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, with an entertaining 3-2 win. The victory was not without a scare though after cruising into a three goal lead inside 20 minutes, The Wings allowed a hard working Hungerford a way back into the game, but Welling held on for a confidence boosting and deserved 3 points.

Having signed in the week from Sutton United Jack Jebb and Jeffrey Monakana went straight into the starting line up and it was midfielder Jack Jebb who was to have a major impact on this game.

The visiting side from Berkshire started brightly, Stefan Brown maybe should have done better with a scuffed effort that Dillon Barnes saved well.

James Clarke then had a chance that Ben Jefford did well to clear, so it was somewhat against the run of play when Welling took the lead in the 4th minute.

A superb free kick from Jebb, was inch perfect for player-manager Jamie Coyle, who planted his header beyond Lewis Ward for his fourth goal, which put him joint top scorer in the league.

Hungerford didn’t seem rattled by going behind and Warren Bentley produced an excellent cross that Louie Soares headed just wide from close range.

The Wings made the visitors pay for that miss as in the 15th minute Welling doubled the lead. Bradley Goldberg picked up a sloppy pass, before taking a touch and hitting a low effort from 20 yards out that just skipped off the PVR turf and over the dive of Ward, nestling into the bottom left corner of the net.

The Wings soon added a 3rd, Jack Jebb’s set pieces were a delight to watch and in the 19th minute he whipped in a corner which was met at the near post for Tom Bradbrook to expertly head home into the top corner.

The Wings looked in control until the 29th minute. The Wings were caught too narrow on the left hand side and a cross from the left was met by Stefan Brown, whilst Barnes made a super reaction save from Brown’s header Louie Soares was on hand to smash home the rebound.

The goal didn’t seem to rattle Welling and another Jebb delivery was met this by Gayle in an identical move to the 3rd goal, but his header flashed wide. The Wings were dealt a blow though when Tom Bradbrook pulled up with a groin injury and was replaced by Lloyd Macklin who signed in the week.

The lively Stefan Brown saw an effort tipped over by Barnes, but Welling should have added a 4th soon after. A clever flick on by Goldberg sent Macklin away but he rather snatched at his effort and put it wide of the post.

But Hungerford ended the half strongly as Barnes saved a low Warren Bentley shot right on the half time whistle.

Hungerford started the 2nd half just a brightly as they finished the 1st with Soares curling an effort wide. Welling though could have wrapped the game up shortly after the break. An insightful flick from Jack Jebb played in Bradley Goldberg but he could only shoot straight at Lewis Ward in the Hungerford goal.

This miss seemed to effect Welling and galvanise the visitors as they pushed forward Rhys Tyler hitting an audacious effort over the bar before Barnes saved a Bentley free kick.

Welling were not seeing much of the ball but they did nearly finish the game off on the counter attack. From an acute angle Goldberg forced a smart save from Ward with an effort that was heading in.

But Hungerford who had made a triple substitution to try and claw the game back saw a Bentley shot bravely scrambled away by the Welling defence. However the Hungerford siege on the Welling goal did pay off in the 90th minute as a ball over the Welling defence saw Hopper calmly finish past Barnes to set up a nervy final 4 minutes injury time.

But it was Welling who nearly added to their score as Macklin curled an effort just wide of the post.

The Wings players punched the air in delight on the referees Full Time whistle after recording the first win of the season and making it unbeaten in three games.

Welling now have a week off before the Bank Holiday weekend sees them travel to Oxford City on Saturday and play host to Hampton on Bank Holiday Monday.

Welling United: Barnes, Gayle, Jefford, Dymond, Coyle, Parkinson, Jebb (Nanetti 80), Healy, Bradbrook (Macklin 38), Goldberg, Monakana (Durojaiye 68). Subs not used: Pattisson Francis.

Attendance: 472


Eastbourne Borough 0-0 Welling United

Having been on the wrong end of a 10 goal thriller in the corresponding fixture last season, fans of both sides were treated to a rather sedate game this time around. In a game which was never short of effort, it just lacked that final bit of quality from both sides and finished goalless.

Eastbourne started on the front foot and centre back Gary Charman met a deep cross at the back post that was well gathered by Dillon Barnes.

Welling though had a great opportunity to take the lead in the 12th minute, a clever pass from Christian Nanetti played in Bradley Goldberg and with him bearing down on goal the striker failed to connect properly with his effort allowing Vose to smoother the ball away.

Eastbourne who were looking to play on the counter attack despite being the home side, saw Charlie Harris try an audacious long range effort which was straight at Barnes. The home side then went route one playing a long ball over the top of the Wings defence, the ball found Charlie Harris but again Barnes made a good save.

Eastbourne were fully on top and in the 32nd minute they should have gone ahead. Nathaniel Pinney was played through and with just Barnes to beat he toe poked his effort wide of the goal.

Charlie Harris was conducting a shoot on site policy as he again hit an effort from outside the area but Barnes again made a good save, especially after the shot had taken a wild deflection.

In a rare Welling attack, Bradley Goldberrg saw his goal bound effort bravely headed away by Gary Charman, but it was level at half time.

Into the 2nd half Welling started brightly and Tom Bradbrook got free down the left before cutting inside but he smashed his effort into the side netting, although a few Wings fans to the side of the goal began to celebrate thinking the ball had crashed into the back of the net.

Barnes was out smartly to avert a Eastbourne counter attack, but by and large Welling were on top in the opening stages of the 2nd half and Parkinson who was playing as centre back with Jamie Coyle headed a deep Goldberg corner wide of the post.

However back came Eastbourne and only a stunning save from Dillon Barnes prevented Eastbourne going ahead as Odubade made room for the shot and his effort took a wicked deflection that Barnes tipped around the post.

Pinney then saw a header crash back off the bar as The Sports began to assert more pressure on The Wings.

With the game ticking towards its conclusion Christan Nanetti produced a perfect cross but Bradbrook could only glance his header wide, as The Wings had to settle for a point.

Welling return to Park View Road on Saturday when they face Hungerford Town.

Welling United: Barnes, Gayle, Jefford, Dymond, Coyle, Parkinson, Pattisson (Durojaiye 71), Healy, Bradbrook, Goldberg, Nanetti. Subs not used: Francis, Johnson. Joseph-Dubois, Milton.

Attendance: 521


Welling United 3-3 Bognor Regis Town

Welling picked up their first point of the season in a thrilling 3-3 draw to newly promoted Bognor, but it was a game The Wings know they could and should have won.

This free scoring game came to life as early as the 9th minute. A simple long ball over the top of the Welling defence caught them cold and Jimmy Muitt raced cleared and smashed his effort past Dillion Barnes.

But Welling were level straight away, a deep Connor Dymond corner was met by a towering Jamie Coyle header which arrowed into the top corner.

The game was turned on its head just two minutes later in the 13th minute as Welling went ahead. Joseph-Dubois picked up a sloppy Bognor pass and he played the ball to Bradley Goldberg who took a touch before arrowing a low effort past Dan Lincoln in the Rocks goal.

You could see the goal allowed Welling to settle and they were fully on top. Connor Dymond blazed an effort over before Ian Gayle saw his goal bound header somehow blocked on the line.

Another Connor Dymond corner saw Tom Bradbrook glance a headed over from close range.

However in the 22nd minute Bognor were gifted an equaliser. A cross from Tuck on the left hand side looked a simple catch for Dillion Barnes but the on loan keeper inexplicably dropped the cross into his own net.

So Welling had to regroup and Joseph-Dubois almost gave The Wings the lead again from an acute angle but Lincoln was equal to the stop. So The Wings went in level at the break.

The 2nd half took a fairly similar pattern to the first with Welling doing the pressing and Bognor looking to break on the counter. In the 49th minute Healy wriggled free and with him looking certain to scorer he poked the ball wide. Bognor then went close themselves as Ollie Pearce’s shot was well saved by Barnes.

A ball into the box from Gayle was cleverly cheated down by Healy into the path of Goldberg but the former Bromley man fired well over.

Welling saw a big claim for a penalty waved away when a Jack Parkinson pile driver was blocked by the arm of a Bognor defender. As Welling pushed in search of a 3rd Connor Dymond had a shot deflect just over the bar.

Goldberg was looking lively and he was inches wide with an effort that had Lincoln beaten.

It was all Welling pressure and Olumide Durojaiye who came on as a sub an impressed, found the head of Bradbrook to head back for Healy but his audacious volley went high over.

When Goldberg raced clear in the 68th minute and Bognor keeper Dan Lincoln saved his low effort, you got the feeling it was going to be one of those days.

So it was no surprise in the 70th minute on the counter attack Bognor took the lead again. Jimmy Muitt skipped down the right crossed low for Ollie Pearce who met the cross with an outstretched foot.

Welling had to regroup again and once again equalised just two minutes later, Joe Healy smashing an effort from 25 yards into the top corner.

So now Welling had 15 minutes to find the winner, but they just could not find their way through. A low Bradbrook cross was turned against the bar only for Gayle to smash the rebound wide before Goldberg saw an effort go inches wide of the post. Sub Christian Nanetti then went over in the area as a penalty looked sure to be given but instead ref Jacob Miles booked Nanetti for simulation.

Then in the last minute of a tupsy turvey game Dillion Barnes came to the rescue atoning for his earlier mistake palming away a Harvey Whyte effort after the Rocks player had skipped past 3 challenges.

So Welling had to settle for a point in a throughly entertaining game, they now travel to Eastbourne on Tuesday night looking to build on this point.

Welling United: Barnes, Gayle, Jefford, Parkinson (Nanetti 67), Coyle, Francis, Dymond, Healy, Bradbrook, Goldberg, Joseph-Dubois (Durojaiye 59). Subs not used: Pavey, Pattisson.

Attendance: 511


Welling United 0-1 Chelmsford City

Welling crashed to back to back defeats on Tuesday night at the hands of title favourites Chelmsford City. Having defended manfully for 82 minutes, a clumsy challenge in the area from Alfie Pavey saw Lee Barnard score from the penalty spot.

On the back of Chris Lewington’s sudden retirement on Monday, the management team acted quickly and drafted in Colchester’s Dillon Barnes on loan to replace him.

The Wings started brightly and they went close first. Connor Dymond slipped an expertly weighted ball through to Bradley Goldberg, the striker took a slight heavy first touch but still managed to force a smart save out of Sam Beasant who blocked the ball with his feet.

Welling were on the front foot again and former Welling man Chris Bush was adjudged to have handled the ball just outside of the area, the Welling players adamant that it was inside. Christian Nanetti hit the free kick straight at the wall and it was cleared.

Chelmsford slowly crept into the game and they went close when a clever move from a throw in saw Kudus Oyenuga set up Chris Dickson but he fired well wide of the goal.

Dillion Barnes then had to be alert as a Michael West shot from range took a massive defection that looped up but Barnes saved well.

The visitors should have taken the lead shortly after, a Michael West free kick was met by Oyenuga but he headed over unmarked in the area.

If the first half was an even affair the 2nd half saw Chemlsford dominant possession for long periods as Welling failed to even create a chance.

Oyenuga a menace throughout for Chelmsford wriggled free for a shot but Coyle did well to block his goal bound effort.

Former Ebbsfleet man Michael West fired over from 20 yards before sub Lee Barnard hit a stinging shot that Barnes did well to claim.

Welling were still defending really well and throwing bodies in the way of shots as Ian Gayle bravely blocked an effort from Matthew Johnson.

However in the 83rd minute, Welling failed to hold out. After the refee Jack Packman overruled an offside decision to give a corner, Alfie Pavey made a clumsy challenge on Barnard, pushing over the City sub in the box and the penalty was awarded. Up stepped Barnard and he sent Barnes the wrong way.

Chelsmford nearly added a 2nd in time added on as well as Oyenuga broke on the counter attack but forced a good save from Barnes.

Welling host Bognor Regis Town at Park View Road on Saturday hoping for their first points of the season.

Welling United: Barnes, Gayle, Jefford, Parkinson, Coyle, Francis, Dymond, Healy, Bradbrook (Pavey 75), Goldberg, Nanetti (Joseph-Dubois 63). Subs not used: Durojaiye, Pattisson, Brown.

​Attendance: 611​


Welling United 1-4 Millwall

A Millwall side containing a few first team squad members beat Welling on Monday night in both sides final friendlies. The Lions led two nil at half time through strikes from Kris Twardek & Tony Craig. Welling improved after the break and former Millwall man Alfie Pavey headed home a corner to reduce the scoreline, but Millwall went on to clinch the game late on. A thunderbolt of a strike from Noah Chesmain who spent some time at Welling on loan and Jamie Philpot ensured the championship side ran out winners.

Welling now head into the new 2017/18 season making the long journey down to Cornwall to face Truro City on Saturday for the season opener.

Welling Squad:
Lewington, Dymond, Francis, Jefford, Parkinson, Coyle, Nanetti , Healy, Goldberg, Bradbrook , Pattison

Pavey, O’Malley, Parter, Johnson, Durojayie, Joseph-Dubois

Dover Athletic 5-0 Welling United

Welling suffered a heavy defeat in their penultimate pre season away at National league side Dover Athletic. Having trailed 2 nil at half time a rampant Dover added three further goals to inflict defeat on Jamie Coyle’s men. The Wings will be looking to bounce back against a Millwall side at Park View Road on Monday night before the league campaign starts on Saturday 5th August.

Welling Squad: Lewington, Francis, Gayle, Parter, Jefford, Dymond, Healy, Parkinson, Pattison, Goldberg, Pavey, Bradbrook, Corne, Durojaiye, Moli, O’Mally, Coyle, Richards, Johnson, Joesph-Dubois

image: Dave Budden

Welling United 1-3 Bromley

National league Bromley inflicted a home defeat on Welling with an impressive display. For The Wings it was another good test despite the result and they certainly can take a lot out of this defeat.

Bromley were two nil up at half time with goals from Iffy Allen and Josh Rees. Bromley dictated the play in the torrential conditions and deserved their lead at the break.

Welling improved in the 2nd half and Tom Bradbrook headed home a cross at the back post. But minutes later Bromley extended the lead as a Frankie Raymond free kick, evaded everyone and skipped in.

Welling now travel to Dover Athletic on Tuesday for their penultimate friendly before the league actions begins:

WUFC – O’Malley, Gayle, Jefford, Coyle, Parkinson, Corne, PJD, Dymond, Bradbrook, Goldberg, Pattison

Durojaiye, Moli, Richards, Pavey, Fiddes, Parter.

VCD Athletic 2-5 Welling United

Alfie Pavey scored a hat trick as Welling ran out comfortable winners on Tuesday night. It was a very good work out for Jamie Coyle’s side and the management team would have been pleased with The Wings new look strike force getting amongst the goals.

Alfie Pavey scored twice from the penalty spot and one with a 1st half header, his goals were added to by Bradley Goldberg and Pierre Joesph Dubois. The Wings squad was trimmed for the match as the newly form squad for the season really starts to take shape.

Welling host local rivals Bromley on Saturday at Park View Road Kick off 3pm.

Welling Squad v VCD

Trialist keeper, Jefford, Pavey, Coyle, Parkinson, Goldberg, Corne, Dymond, Francis, Gayle, Pattison, Moli, Bradbrook, Fiddes, Joesph-Dubois, Collier, Johnson,

Attendance: 149

image: Alfie Pavey scores the first of his hat trick, photo by Dave Budden

Welling United 0-3 Charlton Athletic

A strong Charlton Athletic side beat Welling United in this traditional curtain raiser friendly. With just three weeks until Welling make the long journey to Truro for the season opener this was a good test against Karl Robinson League one side.

In a game that was rather slow to get going it was Charlton who had the first chance after 10 minutes but Josh Magennis dragged a shot wide from long range.

Very few chances were created by either side with both sets of players looking for plenty touches of the ball and whilst Charlton had more of the possession, Welling were matching them for work rate and endeavour but in the 25th minute it was the away side who took the lead. 

The lively Cameron Stewart produced an excellent cross from the right and his pinpoint cross was met by Jason Pearce who coolly side-footed home at the back post past Lewington.

Rather than be rattled the goal galvanized The Wings and they very nearly drew level. A long diagonal ball from Ben Jefford found David Moli as he ran into the box he cut the ball back from the byline to Bradley Goldberg but Dillon Phillips made a superb instinct save with his feet to prevent the home side levelling things up.

The game was now becoming more of a contest, the tempo was raised and back came Charlton. Welling were indebted to goalkeeper Chris Lewington many times last season and he was again in fine form in this macth firstly saving from close range from George Lapslie header that looked destined to find the net before palming away Ahearne-Grant fierce shot over the bar for a corner. 

However he could do nothing about The Addicks 2nd. In the 41st minute Cameron Stewart was again the provider with a low cross, Lewington did exceptionally well to keep out Patrick Bauer’s initial header but Bauer was on hand to prod the rebound over the line to double the scoreline. 

As is customary with this fixture the 2nd half brought about plenty of changes with both sides running the eye over certain players and traialists. In his post match interview Welling manager was quick to mention that he took a watching brief of today’s game so he could cast his eye over the squad as he looks to trim his squad down in numbers.  Midway through the half Bradley Goldberg brought out a save from Dillion Phillips with a well-hit free-kick while sub Francis Babalola cut inside but fired wide as Welling at least tried to force of the pace which did rapidly drop off as the game went on. Connor Dymond gave the Welling faithful a taste of his no nonecse and committed play with a flying challenge that may well have earnt a booking in a competitive game.

But this traditional friendly was rounded off by one last goal in the 87th minute, as Charlton sub, Mikhail Kennedy, played a neat one-two with Michael Fernandes before slotting past sub Welling keeper Collier who had come on for Lewington in the Welling goal as The Addicks wrapped up the game. 

It was another good workout for Welling and they now turn their attention to VCD away on Tuesday night as the first game of the season looms on the horizon.

Welling United: Lewington (Collier 81), Durojaiye, Jefford (Johnson 65), Parkinson (Corne 58), Francis (Dembele 67), Gayle (Brown 78), Joseph-Dubois (Babalola 46), Dymond (Dombaxe 68), Bradbrook (Pavey 58), Goldberg (Fiddes 69), Moli (Pattison 40): Unused substitute: Coyle.

Referee: I Fissenden

Attendance: 1,370

Phoenix Sports 1-1 Welling United

Welling kicked off their 1st pre season game of the 2017/18 season with a 1-1 draw with neighbours Phoenix. It was a match that was played in terrible conditions throughout and it would have been seen as a good first run out for Jamie Coyle and the management team. Trailing one nil at half time to a Frankie Sawyer goal, Joesph-Dubois equalised mid way through the 2nd half. Welling played two completely separate sides allowing Coyle the opportunity to run his eye over the whole squad and a sprinkling of trialists. Welling now entertain Charlton Athletic at home on Saturday.

Attendance 146

Welling United 1st Half: Lewington, Brown, J.  Johnson, Parkinson, Francis, Coyle, Babalola, Corne, Pavey, Goldberg, Moli

Welling United 2nd Half:  Collier, Dembele A. Johnson, Dymond, Durojaiye, Gayle, PJD, Dombaxe, Bradbrook, Fiddes, Foxley