Author: Spills GB

Dover Athletic 2-0 Welling United

Welling showed plenty of heart and desire but ultimately a lack of firepower in the final third saw Dover win the Kent Senior Cup for the first time in 26 years at The Gallagher Stadium Maidstone.

It was a much changed line up for Welling with six changes made from the lacklustre defeat at Bath on Saturday.

As you would expect Dover started brightly and one of a number of ex Wings players on show Moses Emmanuel shot straight at Chris Lewington when well placed before Pinnock hit an effort from range that was always rising and went high over the bar.

Having survived the opening exchanges Welling settled into the game and ventured forward themselves.

A smart ball from the lively Tom Richards played in Ali Fuseini who hit a low shot that was heading in but Mitch Walker another former Welling man, made a smart save.

Richards was in the thick of all the Welling play and he was was in played in behind by Dan Walker, before cutting into the area but hitting his effort straight at namesake Mitch Walker.

Welling were enjoying a good spell of possession as Fuseini played a great pass to Dan Walker but he dragged his shot wide.

Sam Hatton then missed a glorious chance having made space for the shot he twisted and turned before dragging an effort just wide that looked to be creeping in.

As the game drew towards half time Dover almost went ahead Sam Magri heading the ball across the goal when he was well placed to nod home as Welling scrambled the ball clear.

Into the 2nd half and Welling should have gone ahead within 2 minutes. Alex Cathline did well to power his way into the box before choosing to shoot at goal when a pull back for the waiting Harry Crawford would have surely resulted in a goal.

This miss proved costly as in the 54th minute Ross Lafayette showed the quality needed to win football matches. The former Wings fans favourite picked the ball up 25 yards from goal with his back to goal he turned, before curling an effort into the top corner, a goal good enough to grace any cup final.

The Wings never let their heads dropped and actually had a lot of the ball without threatening too often.

They did have the odd chance as Harry Crawford saw a rifled shot saved by Mitch Walker before Dan Walker had his shot saved by the legs of Walker as Welling tried to push for an equaliser.

Dover sub Peter Skapetis could have scored with an audacious bicycle kick but his effort went just wide.

Welling sub Jamie Slabber almost scored with his first touch of the ball but he put a header just wide of the post. But Dover won the final when in the 86th minute Aswad Thomas got on the end of a Joe Healy cross to head pass Lewington at the back post.

The Wings now face a summer of rebuilding as they prepare a new squad for the 2017/18 season.

Welling: Lewington, Richards, Johnson (Joseph-Dubois 71mins), Fish (Slabber 82mins), Waldren, Hayles, Fuseini, Hatton, Cathline, Crawford, Walker. Subs not used: Leacock, Francis, Agu.

Attendance: 939

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Welling United 1-2 Hampton & Richmond Borough

Welling suffered defeat on their final
home league game of the season. In a game neither side really deserved to win, Hampton stole the points with a last gasp winner.

In a tame opening to the game Alex Cathline burst into the box before forcing a low save from Sam Howes at his near post.

Hampton needing the win to secure a play off place at the misfortune of other teams in the division saw Duncan Culley pounce on a weak header back from to Lewington from Rickie Hayles but Duncan Culley drove his shot wide.

Culley then put his free kick over the bar as Hampton looked to get on top of the game.

Cathline saw another half chance go wide as he did well to control a ball into the box but flashed his half volley wide.

The Welling Player of the Year Chris Lewington then showed just why he deserved his award by making a superb save to deny Culley as he raced clean through. It was the last action in a rather dour end of season game.

Into the 2nd half and the game which needed to improve in quality did. Culley resumed his battle with Lewington and the Wings keeper produced an instinctive save with his legs to deny him again.

The game became one of half chances with Joe Hicks heading wide for Hampton and likewise Dan Walker saw a looping header just go over the bar from a Danny Waldren free kick.

The lively Murrell-Williamson found Walker but his goal bound shot which was heading in was deflected wide.

The deadlock was broken in the 77th minute and it was a goal that summed up the game. A free kick was saved well by Lewington only for the ball to be returned into the area, the Wings could not clear their lines and Sliven Rivic was on hand to nod home for a scrappy goal at the back post.

It was Hampton who looked the more likely to add to their tally and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick should have scored when a Christian Jolley cut back fell to him in a perfect position but he side footed wide.

The game that had been lacking that bit of quality finally arrived in the 88th minute. Welling winning a free kick 25 yards from goal and up stepped Rhys Murrell-Williamson who curled an effort with his left foot that went in via the inside of the post, it was a wonderful free kick.

With time ticking and The Wings hoping that they had done enough to secure a point, Hampton went and stole all three points. A long ball out of defence caught the Welling defence napping and Ratvic was on hand to lift the ball past Lewington to cue wild celebrations from the Hampton bench.

It was a disappointing way to end the home season for Welling. The Wings now face Bath City away on the final day of the season before they try & leave this season behind on a high with The Kent Cup final against Dover on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Richards (Joseph-Dubois 87), Fuseini, Hayles, Martin, Walker (Slabber 84), Waldren, Cathline, Crawford (Marsh 68), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Agu, Hatton.

Attendance: 500

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Chelmsford City 3-1 Welling United

When the Welling management sit down and plan for next season, one thing at the top of the planning list will be finding a way to improve their away form. With just three wins away all season the form on their travels has been a real hindrance this season and Welling’s away day woes continued on Easter Monday as they crashed to defeat at high flying Chelmsford. Having led at Half time a disastrous start to the 2nd half saw Chelmsford score two quickfire goals and turn the game on its head. City wrapped up the game in the 88th minute.

As expected Chelmsford took the game to Welling and Louie Theophanous went close in the 9th minute as the striker spun and his shot brought a smart save out of Chris Lewington.

In the 12th minute City went even closer former Charlton striker Chris Dickson picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and curled and effort just wide with Lewington a spectator.

It was pretty much one way traffic and in the 20th minute Theophanous smashed home an effort but he was adjudged to have come back from an offside postiton and the goal was ruled out.

Chelsmford missed another golden opportunity as a long throw from Chris Bush caused chaos and the ball dropped to Dickson, but he rushed his shot and blazed over.

With their first attempt on goal, The Wings made Chelsmford pay and went ahead in the 25th minute. A Sam Hatton corner was whipped in and a towering header from Rickie Hayles flew into the net.

Shortly after, Chelmsford should have equalised as Buchanan made space for a shot and with Lewington to beat he blazed over the bar.

Chris Dickson then got on the end of a long ball, controlled well but prodded the ball over the bar as Welling went in at half time ahead.

Then disaster struck within 30 seconds of the restart The Wings gifted City an equaliser. Hayles played a back pass to keeper Chris Lewington who smashed the ball straight against Chris Dickson, the City man tapping the ball home, the worst possible start from The Wings.

Just three minutes later it got worse, Michael Spillane heading home unmarked from a Robbie Wilmott corner as The Wings looked shell shocked.

It was one way traffic and Chris Dickson almost added at 3rd but his low effort came back off the post.

Welling who had very little in the way of chances, saw Tyrone Marsh wriggle free in the box but he chose to shot when a lay off to Crawford would have been the better option and his shot was blocked.

With the game drifting to its conclusion Chelsmford wrapped the game up with the best goal of the game. Shaun Jeffers cutting inside before curling an effort from 25 yards beyond Lewington into the roof of the net.

The Wings now have two games left of the season and they play their final home game of the 2016/17 season on Saturday as Hampton visit Park View Road Kick Off 3pm.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Hayles, Walsh, Walker (Leacock 58), Waldren, Cathline (Joseph-Dubois 80), Marsh, Murrell-Williamson (Crawford 58). Subs not used: Fuseini, Richards.

Attendance: 967

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Welling United 3-2 Truro City

Welling won a rollercoaster of a game against Truro City on Good Friday to secure their place in the Vanarama National South for another season. The Wings came from behind with two quick fire 2nd half goals securing the massive 3 points. Tyrone Marsh was the Wings match winner coolly slotting home with 14 minutes left.

In what was no doubt a cagey opening to the game it was Truro who had the first  chance, a half cleared corner fell kindly to Chris Todd on the edge of the area but his half hearted volley flew well wide.

It was clear that Dan Walker was going to have joy down the right flank and he produced a great  cross but  Alex Cathline was unable to turn the cross in at the near post.

It was take two, minutes later Walker again doing well down the right flank but this time Cathline failed to get a clean connection and the ball was easily gathered by  keeper Tom McHale.

However just past the half hour mark Welling took the lead.  A superb delivery from a Rhys Murrell-Williamson free kick found a towering Ben Martin who rolled back the years with a trademark header last seen the season The Wings won the Conference South title.

Welling now sensed more goals as Dan Walker saw a low effort well saved by McHale at the near post. Sam Hatton was then unlucky when he spotted keeper McHale off his line and his dipping volley just went over the bar.

However with 3 minutes until half time, Truro were level with a fortunate own goal.

A long hopefully ball up field by Andrew Neal was not dealt with and as Chris Lewington come to claim the ball, Ben Martin inadvertently stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past a stranded Lewington and into the net.

In what was a mixed 1st Half for Ben Martin, the Wings man had to be replaced at half time having picked up an injury and he was replaced by Rickie Hayles.

Having got back into the game just before half time, just four minutes into the second half, Truro turned the score around and took the lead. A defence splitting ball sent  Dan Smith clear, Smith though chose to roll the ball across the box for Andrew Neal to tap home.

There was almost a stunned silence around PVR as the side from Cornwall had turned the game on its head and now it was Welling who had to go and chase the game. They almost replied within minutes  as Sam Hatton saw his low volley cleared off the line, the ball fell to Phil Walsh but he was unable to turn the rebound in.

In a rollercoaster of a game, the tide was to turn again in The Wings favour. In the 70th minute Cody Cooke was sent clear with just Lewington to beat but he dragged his shot wide, it seemed a big chance missed at the time and just a minute later it  proved to be.

in the 71st minute Welling won a free kick in a dangerous area 30 yards from goal, with everyone expecting Murrell-Williamson to curl his delivery high, the winger whipped in a free  kick low with a lot of speed and his accurate free kick alluded everyone including keeper McHale and found the bottom corner of the net.  That was Murrel-Willamson first  goal in a Welling shirt.

It took just 4 minutes for Welling to regain the lead again for a second time. As Truro cleared a dangeorus Welling attack, Rickie Hayles headed the ball back into the Truro area and his enormous header flew over the heads of a static Truro defence, and found Tyrone Marsh. The striker on loan from Dover who was onside took a slightly heavy touch but then showed real composure, to take another touch before firing low past McHale and into the corner of the net.  It sparked jubilant scenes on the Park View Road terraces.

Alex Cathline done well to burst his way through the Truro defence before unleashing a low effort that had McHale beaten but cannoned back off the post. Despite Truro having a few late corners they came to nothing and The Wings claimed the three points that secured their place in the Vanarama National South as they can begin planning for next season.

The Easter Weekend concludes for Welling with a trip to Chelmsford Kick off 3pm.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Martin (Hayles 46), Walsh, Walker (Crawford 85), Waldren, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Marsh 62), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Leacock, Richards.

Attendance 526

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Welling United 4-0 Gosport Borough

Welling secured a vital three points with a dominate 2nd half display, a brace a piece from Alex Cathline and Pierre Joesph-Dubois sending The Wings up to 15th in the table.

It what has been another turbulent week at Park View Road, Welling saw Alex Dyer come in to take charge alongside Tristian Lewis as Harry Wheeler left to take control at Billericay Town.

In glorious April sunshine, Welling dominated from the start.

The first chance fell to Alex Cathline who did well to make space for a shot and he brought a fine save out of Nick Jordan.

A low rasping Sam Hatton effort grazed the post with Gosport keeper Jordan beaten at full stretch.

It only seemed a matter of time before Welling would go ahead but Nick Jordan produced a superb save denying a towering Ben Martin header from a corner.

Danny Waldren then failed to turn his header in from another excellent Murrell-Williamson corner.

With Welling failing to take their chances, The Wings seemed to become frustrated and lost their way slightly as the first half drew to a close. It saw Gosport go close with a Ben Wright header straight at Chris Lewington.

Just 20 seconds into the 2nd half The Wings took the lead Welling. Cathline powered his way into the box before his cross come shot was tapped into the roof of the net by Pierre Joesph-Dubois.

Gosport almost made an Immediate reply The Wings losing focus slightly after the goal and they were grateful to Chris Lewington who got down low to prevent Tony Lee’s effort from heading in.

It was made even more vital 5 minutes later as Joseph-Dubois doubled the lead and scored his 2nd. Dan Walker bursting into the box crossing for Joesph-Dubois who expertly turned the ball home from close range.

Alex Cathline added a 3rd for The Wings in the 60th minute picking the ball up on the edge of the area and blasting his effort past Jordan not a bad way to score his first goal in a Welling shirt.

Welling were in full control and Dan Walker hit the post but Welling not to be denied a 4th. A cross from the left was met by Joseph-Dubois, Jordan kept out his header with a fine save, but Cathrine was first to react and prodded the ball home.

With the game won, Gosport had chances for a consolation but Lewington again made a low save from Lee.

Gosport then won a free kick 25 yards from goal and Ben Wright’s powerful free kick was heading in but Chris Lewington beated the effort away.

Cathline almost capped his performance with a hat trick but his effort was saved by the legs of Jordan, who was the away side man of the match despite the scoreline.

Welling now face Truro City at home on Good Friday. Kick off 3pm.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Martin (Crawford 81), Walsh, Walker, Waldren, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Marsh 71), Murrell-Williamson (Richards 80). Subs not used: Fuseini, Leacock.

Attendance: 450

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Ebbsfleet United 5-1 Welling United

Welling crashed to yet another heavy away defeat this time at title chasing Ebbsfleet.

Whilst Ebbsfleet more than deserved to win the game, the result may have been a little different had it not been for some dubious referee decisions and some further injury problems for The Wings, but the result leaves Welling still with a lot of work to do to be safe from relegation with five games to go.

It all started so well for Welling when in the 7th minute they went ahead Pierre Joseph-Dubois set Rhys Murrell-Williamson free down the left and crossed for Dan Walker to head home via the inside of the far post.

Ebbsfleet shell shocked from going behind early saw Andy Drury have a shot saved by by Chris Lewington, but it was Welling who could and perhaps should have doubled their lead.

Dan Walker seeing a shot beat Nathan Ashmore but Jack Connors was on hand to hack the ball off the line.

After this let off Ebbsfleet took control of the game. Darren McQueen’s got through one on one with Chris Lewington but the Wings stopper made a smart save with his legs.

McQueen saw a shot smartly saved by Lewington as the pressure mounted.

In the 29th minute, that pressure told as The Fleet levelled after Welling failed to clear their lines the ball found Danny Kedwell who was given the freedom of Stonebridge Road and he crossed for Jack Powell and he expertly guided the ball home.

In a rare attack Joseph-Dubois saw a weak shot saved by Ashmore.

However in the 40th minute more awful Welling defending allowed Ebbsfleet to go ahead. A deep corner found Kenny Clark who couldn’t believe his luck as he tapped home unmarked on the goal line.

Then right on half time Ebbsfleet won a very dubious looking penalty. Rickie Hayles adjudged to have handled in the area. Kedwell smashed home the penalty to make it 3-1.

Welling lost Alex Cathline and Rickie Hayles to injury at half time as the injuries continue to mount for Welling. This saw Danny Waldren drop to centre back and lose his tenacious bite in midfield.

Welling did have a mini spell after the break and the lively Murrell-Williamson came close when Ashmore tipped his effort onto the post, Walker then smashed the rebound out of the ground.

But the game as a result and a spectacle was over when Danny Waldren was shown a straight red for pulling back McQueen, who would have been clean through. Video highlights show no contact was made on the Ebbsfleet man.

McQueen added a 4th with a simple tap in from a Powell cross.

Danny Kedwell then tapped home a cross at the back post as Ebbsfleet ran riot and inflicted another heavy defeat on this much troubled Welling side.

The Wings face their biggest game of the season when Gosport are the visitors to Park View Road on Saturday.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles (Richards 46), Walsh, Walker, Waldren, Cathline (Hatton 46), Joseph-Dubois (Marsh 71), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Amu, Johnson.

Attendance: 1,767

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Welling United 1-1 Charlton Athletic (Welling win 2-0 On Penalties)

After what has been a topsy turvey season for Welling United, The Kent Senior Cup has proved a welcome distraction from their league campaign and on Tuesday night Welling progressed to the 2016/2017 Kent Senior Cup Final after a dramatic night saw them win 2-0 on penalties against Charlton Athletic.
 
Undoubtedly Chris Lewington was the Wings hero making some impressive saves during the 90 minutes and saving 2 of the 4 Charlton spot kicks, to see Welling make the final for the first time since 2009, where the Wings will face Dover Athletic. Date and Venue TBA.

Charlton perhaps as expected started brightly and after a mazy run from Aaron Barnes he crossed for Karlan Ahearne-Grant but Ben Martin made a brave block to prevent his goal bound shot troubling Lewington.
Phil Walsh then made a super challenge from the same player to prevent Ahearne-Grant shooting. Welling were struggling to come to terms with the pace of the young Charlton side. In the 27th minute Lewington made the first of his superb saves. As Hanlan burst clean through, Lewington was out quickly to deny the striker with his body as the ball went wide for a corner.Slowly Welling got into the game as Rhys Murrel-Williamson, hit a low effort wide when well placed.


On the half hour mark, Lewington produced the save of the night that drew applauds from all corners of PVR. A clearance fell straight to George Lapslie, who met the ball on the volley and with the ball arrowing for the corner Lewington tipped the ball onto the post as Ahearne-Grant smashed the rebound over the bar.

 

However in the 40th minute it was the turn of Dillion Phillips to make a smart save. The Addicks keeper who has played a number of first team games this season produced a great save denying Danny Waldren, after the skipper had played a neat one-two he just had Phillips to beat, but the keeper guessed the right way and tipped his low effort around the post.

 

This was to prove crucial as right on half time Charlton took the lead. Having denied a volley from Hanlan, the ball fell kindly to Millar, who arrowed his half volley past Lewington to give The Addicks the lead going into the break. 

Into the Second half Hanlan and Lewington continued their duel this time Lewington again prevailing tipping his angled drive over the bar.
However Welling were still in the game and the lively Murrel-Williamson, came close when he cut inside after a mazy run his low effort beat Phillips but not the inside of the post.Alex Cathline then bundled his way into the area, before forcing a save from Phillips from a tight angle.


Another save  from Lewington to prevent Ahearne-Grant proved to be a turning point as Welling equalized just after. 

Dan Walker showed a clean pair of heels and skipped down the right hand side before crossing low the ball fell kindly to Cathline whose miscued effort was heading wide until the ball hit diverted off of the legs of  Taylor Maloney and deflected into the net.

Both sides had chances to win it late on as Ahearne-Grant put a well placed free kick wide, before Welling had a penalty shout tuned down with Dan Bowry blocking a Phil Walsh effort with the Wings appealing for handball.
But the sides were unable to be separated so the game went to penalties.Charlton went first and Chris Lewington saved from George Lapslie and Sam Hatton put the Wings’ ahead.

Brandan Hanlan also saw Lewington save his effort, as Dan Walker put Welling two nil ahead in the shoot out.

Chris Millar dragged his penalty wide, but Matt Fish was unable to win it for Welling as Dillion Phillips saved his penalty. But it mattered not as Louis Michael Yamfam blazed his penalty over to see Welling go through to the final to play Dover Athletic.

​Welling now travel to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday hoping this victory gives them the tonic to finish off the season strongly.
Attendance:337

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Welling United 0-0 Hungerford Town

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.

Attendance: 517

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Eastbourne Borough 7-3 Welling United

For 80 minutes, this was a competitive game of football, in which the game could have been won by either side. However the final ten minutes was collapse not seen by a Welling side for many a year. 

Having managed to come from behind no less than 3 times in the game, Welling managed to succumb to 4 goals in the last ten minutes inflicting a heavy defeat.

Once again their was a shake up in defence with both Matt Fish and Sean Francis ruled out with injuries, Wings brought in new signing Jake Phillips at right back.

Just five minutes had gone when the hosts took the lead. A Gavin McCallum cross was missed by the Welling defence and Nathaniel Pinney had all the time in the world to take a touch and smash the ball home.

This gave Eastbourne the confidence to go and try extend their lead and Pinney brought a smart save from Chris Lewington

Pinney then missed another chance after just failing to connect with another McCallum cross.

As it was Welling took advantage of some slack defending and equalised in the 20th minute. Twice Eastbourne tried to clear their lines and on the 2nd attempt the ball fell kindly to Dan Walker who smashed the ball home.

However it was Eastbourne who the regained the lead in the 39th minute, Jamie Taylor skipped down the right and fired a low cross for Gavin McCallum who had all the time in the world to slot home at the back post.

The game was levelled immediately though in the 41st minute. Danny Waldren bravely heading home a Dan Walker cross at the near post, a real Captain’s type goal.

Right on half time Pinney should have put The Sports ahead after robbing the ball off of Rickie Hayles he had just Lewington to beat but the Wings keeper stood up well to save.

Into the 2nd half and McCallum fired a warning shot for Eastbourne hitting an effort just wide, whilst Murrell-Williamson had a half chance for Welling.

But in the 48th minute Eastbourne went ahead for the third time Jamie Taylor firing low past Lewington.

Welling almost equalised immediately in this topsy turvy game, Danny Waldren rounded the keeper but Shaun Hobson was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

However the Wings did fire back in the 62nd minute. Pierre Joseph-Dubois who had been on the pitch a matter of seconds swept home a low Dan Walker cross to make the game 3-3.

Hope was high that Welling may finally be able to get their noses in front when Ali Fuseini saw a goal bound effort blocked, before Cathline played an inch perfect through ball to Walker but he shot straight at Carey.

Welling were left to rue those chances as Eastbourne went back ahead and the collapse began.

Eastbourne won a free kick 25 yards from goal and Baptisua rolled the free kick to Josh Hare who hit a pile driver that Lewington could only palm into the net.

Welling looked drained and folded tamely as Eastbourne added a 5th to put the game to rest. Pinney crossing for Jamie Taylor to tap home with ease. Jamie Taylor then scored a hat trick from the spot in addded on time after Hayles had fouled Connelly.

And with the last kick of the game Nathianel Pinney curled home a free kick to add a 7th. It was a disastrous last ten minutes from Welling and once again leaves them looking over their shoulder with just 5 points between them and the relegation trap door.

Welling United: Lewington, Phillips, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles, Leacock (Joseph-Dubois 60), Walker, Waldren, Kathline, Crawford, Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Hatton, Richards, Amu.

Attendance: 402

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Maidenhead United 3-0 Welling United

League leaders Maidenhead brushed aside Welling with ease on Saturday. The damage was done in the first 45 minutes with all three goal coming before half time. The Magpies rarely got out of 1st gear in the 2nd half as the Wings failed to trouble the hosts.

Dean Inman set the tone for the game as he sent a wild overhead kick just over the bar for the home side.

Dave Tarpey worked some space for himself before sending a low effort just wide.

Welling’s Alex Cathline did well to control a long ball but he lacked the composure needed in front of goal.

Maidenhead though were looking dangerous with every attack and Harry Pritchard buser clear down the left and was inches wide with his effort.

It was no surprise when in 21st minute, Maidenhead took the lead. A Dave Tarpey corner found Dean Inman who just wanted to win the header more than any Wings defender and he powered his header past Lewington.

Just seven extra minutes had elapsed when Maidenhead doubled their lead. Sean Marks slipping the ball through to record goal scorer Dave Tarpey who brushed off the attention of Francis with ease and cooly slotted past Lewington. To add insult to injury Welling skipper Sean Francis had to be replaced injured after the goal.

It was simply one way traffic as Seaun Marks  headed over a Pritchard cross, The Wings  woes then worsening when Rickie Hayles was forced off injured with an eye injury.

In a rare foray forward the home keeper Carl Pentney kept out a Dan Walker shot.

As it was in first half injury time, Maidenhead put the game beyond doubt by adding a 3rd. Welling failed to clear a corner and the ball fell kindly to James Mulley who had time to control the ball and drill home through a crowd of players.

The 2nd half was a formality really, with Maidenhead spouring forward looking to add to the scoreline and The Wings desperately trying to prevent them. Early in to the second period Lewington had to be out bravely to prevent  Tarpey.

Walker did have a shot from range that was gathered easily by Pentney.

James Comley could have done better for the hosts when well placed but he fired over.

A superb block by Dean Leacock prevented Tarpey rounding off the scoring and late on Pierre Joseph-Dubois almost added a consolation for Welling but his delicate chip just went over th bar.

The damage had already been done in the first half by the league leaders as now Welling will have to improve on Tuesday when they travel to Sussex to face Eastbourne.

Welling United: Lewington, Hatton, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles (Karagiannis 35), Francis (Leacock 29), Walker, Waldren, Kathline, Crawford, Murrell-Williamson (Joseph-Dubois 77). Subs not used: Richards, Amu.

Attendance: 968