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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

 

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

Welling United 2-1 Poole Town

In the build up to the game both Tristian Lewis and Harry Wheeler asked the Welling players for a response from their disappointing defeat at Whitehawk the previous Saturday, and the co- managers and The Wings fans got one, with an excellent 2-1 win over high flying Poole.

Poole had the first half chance of the game but a long range free kick was fired over by Steve Devlin, after this though Welling took charge.

Harry Crawford done well to bring a Matt Fish throw in under control before losing his marker and making space for a shot that was heading in until a smart save  by Nick Hutchings tipped it around the post.

From the corner, Welling won an immediate corner with the ball falling Ali Fuseini who saw a shot deflected wide.

This time Rhys Murrell-Williamson corner went deep where Rickie Hayles headed the ball back towards goal, this caused panic between keeper Hutchings and defender Will Spetch resulting in Hutchings punching the ball into his own net, to hand Welling the lead.

Welling were on top and Alex Cathline shot wide after powering his way past two defenders.

A brilliant one-two between Murrell-Williamson and Cathline saw Murell-Williamson hammer a volley from 25 yards against the crossbar.

In a rare Poole attack Luke Burbidge hit a wild effort from long range that troubled a passing Number 96 bus more than it did the Welling goal.

Danny Waldren saw a shot blocked by some brave defending as Welling went in search of a 2nd.

A long ball out of defence sent Murrell-Williamson clear after he cleverly controlled the ball only to be upended by a clumsy challenge by Lewis Tallack in the box and a penalty was awarded. Fresh from his wonder goal in the week Harry Crawford cooly slotted home the penalty, to give The Wings that crucial 2nd goal.

Poole tried to rally and the once again the impressive Jordan Brown was on hand to clear a teasing Luke Roberts cross.

Welling started the 2nd half well and Waldren flashed an effort just wide before Crawford headed a Dan Walker cross wide.

Poole started to see more of the ball and Brooks missed at the back post from a Roberts cross.

Welling lost Murrell-Williamson to an injury midway through the 2nd half and his replacemnt Vas Karagiannis fired just wide after he ran at the defence.

Crawford then missed a glorious chance to make the game safe.  He beat the offside trap with only the on rushing keeper Hutchings to beat and perhaps a lobbed effort may have been better he tried to round the keeper but his touch was too heavy and the opportunity had past.

Back came Poole and Lewington came to the rescue when he saved from Roberts who had broke free.

Poole manager Tom Killick then lost his  composure and stormed 10 yards onto the pitch to almost confront Referee Elliott Kaye about various decisions he felt his side had not got. This just lead to him being shown a red card and sent to the stands.

If anything this spurred Poole on and as they started to throw caution to the wind and they started to have the better of the game, with Lewington thwarting Roberts again with a great save.

Lewington made an even better save shortly after the when the ball was squared to Brooks who had the goal at his mercy but the Wings keeper parried away his close range effort for a smart save.

Poole did get a lifeline with six minutes to go from a corner Sean Francis was adjudged to have pushed Roberts, there seemed minimal contact but a penalty was given. Devlin smashed a penalty straight down the middle hitting the underside of the bar and going in.

This made for a tense last 10 minutes or so although Waldren brought a great save out of Hutchings from free kick.

Despite their being over 6 minutes of added on time when the referee added on just 5, Welling held out for a crucial and morale boosting win, to lift them 11 points above the drop zone.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish (Richards 78), Brown, Fuseini, Hayles, Francis, Walker Waldren, Cathline (Amu 87), Crawford, Murrell-Williamson (Karagiannis 61). Subs not used: Agu, Leacock.

Attendance: 465

 

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Welling United 1-0 Bromley

Welling made it through to the semi finals of the Kent Senior Cup where they will face neighbours Charlton Athletic. A marvellous Harry Crawford 40 yard lob with 7 minutes to go the difference between the sides.

The goal was perhaps out of keeping with the game which was at times played with a pre season tempo.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson had the first shot of the but his effort was saved by Flitney.

Alex Cathline could have done better when the ball fell kindly to him as he shot wide.

Murrell-Williamson then forced another good save from Flitney as the Wings got on top of the game.

In a rare Bromley attack Blair Turgott shot straight at Chris Lewington. Turgott followed up his effort by using his pace to get free before striking a low effort wide.

Flitney did well to smoother at the feet of Cathline as the Wings ended strongly but without really troubling Bromley.

The second half saw Bromley come out with a bit more tempo and a cross come shot from Turgott was a warning shot for The Wings.

Lewington had to be at his best to prevent for Wings loan man Tobi Sho-Silva

Welling survived the storm and Vas Karagiannis missed a superb chance as the ball fell to him from a Murrell-Williamson’s cross but he complete miscued his shot.

New signing Arel Amu made Flitney make a smart save denying him with his legs.

The goal that won the game came 7 minutes from time. A quickly taken free kick on half way from Bromley broke down and the loose ball went straight to Harry Crawford. The Wings man spotting Flitney off his line expertly chipped the ball from 40 yards to lob Flitney and score a fabulous goal. The first Welling have scored for three games.

It was enough to see Welling through to the Semi Finals and face near neighbours Charlton Athletic at Park View Road.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown (Amu 50), Fuseini, Hayles, Leacock, Murrell-Williamson, Crawford, Cathline, Karagiannis (Milton 79), Richards.

Unused Substitutes: Hart, Agu.

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitehawk 1-0 Welling United

Having produced an encouraging performance in midweek, Welling took two steps backwards with a lacklustre display as Whitehawk made it three victories from three games this season against The Wings. It was in turn 3 games without a goal for Welling on an afternoon were they rarely tested home keeper Lucas Covolan.

To Welling’s credit they actually started well. Danny Waldren heading a corner just wide at the back post.

Michael Thalassitis was next to go close but again he header wide from a corner.

The home side were not without there own chances and Sergio Torres should have scored when shooting straight at Chris Lewington after the ball had been expertly cut back to him.

Sub Alex Cathline who came on for the injured Jamie Slabber almost made an immediate impact. He got in front of his man and put his glancing header from a Karagiannis cross agangs the crossbar.

Ali Fuseini could have done better but he fluffed his lines when well placed.

For all Welling’s poession none of the efforts were forcing Lucas Covolan into making a save.

Jordan Brown Who was arguably The Wings stand out performer in the 1st half stood a deep cross to the back post but Waldren just failed to divert his header in at the back post.

For all Welling’s play it was Whitehawk who should have been leading at the break.  Danny Mills broke the offside trap and was clean through on goal, he rounded the advancing  keeper Lewington only to see Jordan Brown make a superb goal line tackle to prevent the ball going in.

Thalassitis had the last effort of the half but his weak effort from range never troubled the keeper.

If Welling edged the first half, the second half was all Whitehawk as the Wings just capitulated and allowed the hosts to dominate the game.

Ibrahim Adediran-Akanbi forced a smart save from Lewington early on.

Josh Passley was then send clean through but with just Lewington to beat he slotted his effort wide.

Welling were being given plenty of warning shots especially with Danny Mills having the ball in the net only to see it ruled out for offside.

In a rare Welling attack Welling did hit the bar as Danny Waldren thundered a header against the cross bar, it would not have counted though as the linesman flag had been raised for offside.

With the game crying out for some quality it finally arrived in the 83rd minute.

Whitehawk won a free kick 25 yards from goal and up stepped  Frankie Sutherland who curled a magificent free kick beyond  Lewington. To send Whitehawk fans wild behind the goal.

In response Welling showed nothing in the last 7 minutes not creating a single chance to some up a dismal 2nd half display. The result leaves Welling having more than a passing glance back at the relegation places with 4 tough games to come.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles, Francis, Karagiannis (Walker 55), Waldren, Slabber (Kathline 17), Thalassitis, Murrell-Williamson (Crawford 55). Subs not used: Leacock, Richards.

Attendance: 354

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Welling United 0-0 Dartford

Welling produced a spirited performance to hold 3rd placed Dartford to a goalless draw.

Many looking at just soley the result will see The Wings drew a blank at home for the second game in a row, but only a catalogue of superb saves from Dartford keeper Derren Ibrahim, especially one in the final minute prevented Welling taking the points.

Welling came out of the blocks quicker and Rhys Murrell-Williamson manouvered some room for a shot but his effort was straight at Ibrahim.

New loan signing Michael Thalassitis forced Ibrahim into a smart save to jrevent his header floating in.

The Darts goalkeeper was the busier of the two as he saved a Jamie Slabber header.

Finally Dartford had a chancess as Lewington saved well from Tom Murphy header.  Welling though responded and went close once more as Jamie Slabber’s header was hacked hack off the line by Alex Brown. A last ditch tackle from Rickie Hayles prevented Andy Pugh bursting clear.

Dartford were starting to enjoy some possesion and Luke Wanadio stung the hands of Chris Lewington after the former Wings man had cut inside and got his shot away.

Right on half time a free kick fell kindly to  Sean Francis, but The Wings captain was unable to adjust his feet in time to get the shot away and the ball was cleared.

Into the 2nd period and some nice footwork from Jamie Slabber saw him  toe poke his effort wide.

Dartford nearly stole the lead though midway through the 2nd period Tom Murphy disposed some hesitant Wings defending and burst clear but Lewington stayed big and diverted the ball around the post with his mid drift.

Back came Welling and a 25 yard screamer from Danny Waldren, was heading for the top corner until Ibrahim tipped the ball around the post, as he impact on this scoreline grew bigger.

Sub Alex Cathline rather snatched at a shot with time ticking down.

But in injury time Darts keeper Ibrahim saved his best to last, denying Thalassitis who hit a half volley from point blank range, and at full stretch Ibrahim tipped his effort around the post. Which drew applause from all corners of the ground. As the game finished goalless and Welling picked up a valaubale point, but that so easily could have been three.

Welling hit the road again on Saturday with a trip to Brighton as they face Whitehawk. Kick off 3pm

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles, Francis, Karagiannis (Walker 75), Waldren, Slabber, (Cathline 62) Thalassitis, Murrell-Williamson (Crawford 67). Subs not used: Leacock, Richards.

Attendance: 909

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Welling United 0-1 Wealdstone

A game of fine margins saw Wealdstone come out as narrow victors. It was typical that the only goal of the game was scored by returning former Welling player Ricky Wellard.

It was the first time in 8 games that Welling failed to score as life after Adam Coombes didn’t quite start in the best way.

The visitors started brightly and right back Edward Oshodi found himself with a clear sight of goal but just lacked composure and put his shot wide.

Aryan Tajbakhsh perhaps should have scored too but he shot over as Wealdstone threatened. For all their early possession it was Welling who came closest to taking the lead. A Sam Hatton free kick on the edge of the area was going to nestle in the top corner, but The Stones keeper Jonathan North flung himself and made a superb save clawing the ball away for a corner.

This saw Welling come into the game more and Vas Karagiannis saw a goal bound shot blocked along with Danny Waldren too.

The Wings were looking to shot on sight and Danny Waldren lined up a superbly hit shot from 25 yards out but again North matched his effort superbly tipping the ball away, this one just as good if not better than his earlier save.

Wealdstone still had their moments as well and looked dangerous on the attack Green could have done better though dragging a shot wide when well placed.

Right on the stroke of half time, Welling came agonisingly close, a Sam Hatton corner was met at the back post by Rickie Hayles who put his towering header against the bar. It was the last action of an entertaining half.

In the 2nd period and Tajbakhsh shot over the bar before Welling were soon trying their luck from long range again as Matt Fish hit a rasping shot that just went over.

But in a game that was always going to be decided by the odd goal the winning goal as it turned out to be arrived just after the hour mark. Welling failed to clear their lines from a corner and the ball was played back out to corner taker Tom Hamblin who crossed for the unmarked Ricky Wellard to head home at the back post.

Welling did respond and the lively Rhys Murrell-Williamson skipped down the left and crossed for Harry Crawford but he scuffed his effort wide with the goal at his mercy.

Murrell-Williamson was having joy down the left and he crossed the ball for Karagiannis who looked certain to score only for the man on loan from Maidstone to fluff his lines and slice the ball wide.

Wealdstone who seemed content to sit on the lead did have a rare foray forward as a Green shot failed to trouble Lewington.

Sub Jamie Slabber saw a tame header saved, before some really brave defending by Wealdstone saw them block Karagiannis goal bound effort.

As the game entered its conclusion Welling had a free kick 30 yards from goal which North saved with ease as Wealdstone held on for the slender win, to bring to a halt Welling’s consecutive run of home league wins.

Welling entertain Kent rivals Dartford at Park View Road on Tuesday. Kick off 7.45

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton (Slabber 69), Hayles, Francis, Karagiannis Waldren, Walker, Crawford, Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Agu, Leacock, Richards, Fuseini.

Attendance 506

 

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Bishops Stortford 2-2 Welling United

 

Welling claimed a rather fortuitous point on Tuesday night. Having not been at their best for most of match, a late Sam Hatton free kick that sailed over the head of keeper Harry Voss rescued a point for The Wings.

It was another make shift back four with Danny Waldren dropping back into centre back to partner Sean Francis after Rickie Hayles (ill) and Dean Leacock (personal reasons) were both missing.

Playing his last game in a Welling shirt before departing for Sutton United, Adam Coombes shot straight at keeper Harry Voss after making space.

Coombes was in the thick of things again this time firing wide.

New loan signing Vas Karagiannis was looking lively and his goal bound effort was blocked by the head of Antonio Lazzari which would have troubled Voss, as it was it was Lazzari needed treatment, feeling the full effect of the block.

It was no real surprise when Welling took the lead in the 13th minute, as their bright start was rewarded. Harry Crawford picked the ball up deep in midfield before laying the ball out to Karagiannis, who took a touch before firing low past Voss, for a smart finish.

This goal woke the home side up and they should have levelled the scores immediately.  Shomari Barnwell done well to provide a cross and with Lewington stranded Luke Callendar slipped as he went to make a connection for a tap in and the Wings were able to clear

Harry Crawford played in Walker but he lacked composure and hit a shot over the bar.

Adam Coombes hit another effort just wide as Welling looked for the all important 2nd goal. That did not arrive and it was the home side who got back into the game in the 34th minute.

A deep corner was headed back across goal by Phil Walsh for Luke Callender to bundle the ball home at the back post.

Welling tried to rally and Matt Fish hit an effort just over  before Karagiannis made space for the shot but fired wide in what were only half chances for The Wings.

In fact it was Stortford who should have been ahead at half time. Aaron Greene cut inside and hit an effort the took a defection onto the post, with Lewington stranded, the ball fell to Luke Callendar who looked certian to tap home into an empty net, but he stroked the ball over the bar, a real let off for Welling

Into the Second half and Welling failed to take the warning as Bishops Stortford came out with more heart. So it was no surprise when in the 57th minute they were rewarded, by going ahead.

It was a carbon copy of the 1st goal a deep corner was headed back into the area and Luke Callender, again gleefully headed home his 2nd of the night this time at the near post.

Hoping for a reaction from Welling, it was Stortfrod who looked the more likely to score and only a last dicth block from Matt Fish prevented Greene from scoring after he rounded the advancing Lewington, the ball cannoning off the bar from his deflection and going over.

Welling changed formation and pushed Danny Waldren back into his usual midfield role and it had an effect as Welling looked to drive forward more.  Another midweek loan signing Murrell-Williamson came on as a sub and tested Voss.

A teasing Sam Hatton corner was missed by everyone including the flapping keeper Harry Voss and the ball looked to have crossed the line, before it was hacked away, but the linesman waved away the appeals.

With Welling pushing forward they were always going to be in danger of a counter attack and that is exactly what happened. Stortford hit Welling on the counter and the ball was laid back to former Welling man Zach Fagan but he fluffed his lines stroking the ball wide, with just Lewington to beat.

This missed chances proved crucial as Welling eventually made the home side pay. Similar to his corner Sam Hatton swung in a free kick aimed for the Keeper Harry Voss who again missed the flight of the ball as it sailed over his head and into the net, it was a left off and a half for The Wings.

There was still time for two players to be shown red cards. Deep into stoppage time, Sam Hatton went down in the area, to which Stortford centre back Antonio Lazzari took exception to, believing Hatton was diving and he confronting Hatton leaning his head into the Welling man. Hatton pushed Lazzari away. Both were shown red cards, Hatton for retaliating and Lazzari for the head butt.

It mattered not to the result,as Welling claimed a valuable point given the subdued performance.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Waldren, Francis, Karagiannis, Fuseini (Murrell-Williamson 62), Crawford (Slabber 72), Coombes, Walker. Subs not used: Johnson, Richards, Agu.
Attendance: 266

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