Author: Spills GB

Welling United 3-1 St. Albans City

Welling secured a crucial victory against in-form St. Albans City. The result all the more impressive after they had to come from behind to secure the win.

Wings had the first opportunity of the game when Jack Parkinson flashed a header wide from a Jack Jebb corner. But thereafter it was St. Albans who got on top. Callum Driver stood up well and blocked a Zane Banton shot that was heading in.

Banton then flashed a half volley over the bar as St. Albans had plenty of possession.

Welling rode the storm and started to see more of the ball. Jamie Philpot making his Wings debut was fouled on the edge of the area but Jack Jebb curled his effort over the bar.

Last week the Wings defending came in for some criticism, but against The Saints Welling were putting bodies on the line defending resolutely. Anthony Acheampong in particular bravely blocking a goal-bound effort.

With the game drifting towards half-time Welling nearly went ahead. Philpot was able to pick up the ball and drive at the St. Albans defence he found Goldberg, who spotted the run of Jack Jebb but the Wings man could only fire his effort into the side netting.

The game really came to life at the beginning of the 2nd half. The half was just 2 minutes old when Bradley Goldberg was released down the right and his snap shot was heading in but for a super finger tipped save from keeper Dean Snedker.

Then just three minutes later the save was made even more crucial as Ryan Hall tripped former Welling man Murrell-Williamson in the area. St. Albans skipper David Noble calmly slotted home.

However Welling equalised just a minute later. The in-form Bradley Goldberg looked to be going nowhere but his quick feet allowed him to somehow get a shot away and he powered a superb effort into the top corner.

Within 4 minutes Welling had completely changed the game on its head as they took the lead.

Jack Jebb and Ryan Hall produced a smart short corner routine that saw Jebb whip in a superb cross, Parkinson arriving late in the box out muscled Tom Bender at the back post and steer the ball home.

On the hour mark Conor Dymond, not known for his goal scoring, almost scored the goal of the season with an audacious rabona effort from the edge of the area that had Snedker beat but flashed just wide.

Philpot was running tirelessly and he was sent clear, the on loan Millwall forward squared for Goldberg but he was just unable to slot home at the back post.

However in the 72nd minute, the new strike partnership this time combined to put Welling 3-1 up. Durojaiye won the ball in midfield and played a defence splitting pass to send Goldberg through on goal. With Snedker advancing, Goldberg rolled the ball to Philpot to slot into the empty net to get the debut goal his display deserved.

Welling were playing very attractive football and Snedker had to be at his very best to push away a fierce Ryan Hall effort around the post.

St. Albans huffed and puffed but a rash Tom Bender effort that sailed over the bar was as near as they come to getting back into the game as Welling claimed the three points that their 2nd half display deserved.

Welling travel to Concord Rangers next Saturday.

Welling: Vose, Driver, Jefford, Dymond, Acheampong, Parkinson, Jebb, Healy (Durojaiye 67mins), Goldberg (Monakana 88mins), Philpot (Nanetti 90mins), Hall. Subs not used: Coyle, Johnson.

Attendance: 517

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Welling United 2-3 Gloucester City

The Wings crumbled to a home defeat to a gutsy Gloucester City, who clinically claimed the three points. The Wings made two changes with new signings keeper Bailey Vose going straight into the team and new signing Ryan Hall playing on the wing.

Vose was the first to make a save Karnell Chambers slipped in Harry Williams but Vose got down low to save at the near post.

He was soon saving again and this one was an even better save tipping over an Ed Williams’ free kick.

Welling slowly got into stride and Connor Dymond hit a shot from range but it was easily gathered by City keeper James Hamon.

Into the half hour period, Bradley Goldberg drove into the box, but his curled effort was well saved by Hamon.

But that was the last chance of a half that played in tough conditions never quite got going.

The 2nd half was far more entertaining, with Welling now kicking towards the road end, but it was Gloucester who grabbed the initiative. Lewis Hall curling inches wide for the Tigers.

But the away side did take a deserved lead on the hour mark. Chambers was slipped in and with Vose to beat he blasted the ball into the corner of the net.

However the lead lasted two minutes, as Welling levelled immediately. Goldberg picked up a loose ball just outside the area before blasting through a crowd of players that Hamon let slip under his body.

But any hopes Wings fans had that the home side would now go on and win the game took a dent in spectacular fashion.

The Wings had a corner but a simple thump out of defence caught the Wings flat and Ed Williams caused panic to the covering Archie Johnson and Christian Nanetti, unfortunately Nanetti made a hash of his clearance and volleyed past Vose, to put the Tigers back in the lead.

With the game now in its final 10 minutes, Welling equalised again. Nanetti wriggled his way into the penalty area but he was upended by Sam Avery and a penalty was awarded. Goldberg made no mistake from the spot.

However with 3 minutes of injury time added on, Gloucester won the points. The Wings were once again caught cold at the back and the impressive Ed Williams was played in and fired home into the corner of the net.

The Wings could have stole an unlikely point with the last kick of the game but Connor Dymond’s effort was cleared away by Avery on the line.

The Wings have little time to dwell on the result as they travel to Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday. Jamie Coyle will be looking for a reaction from his team.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Johnson, Dymond, Acheampong, Parkinson, Monakana (Nanetti 69), Durojaiye (Jebb 73), Goldberg, Healy, Hall (Bradbrook 55). Subs not used: Jefford, Coyle.

Attendance 434

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Welling United 3-0 Braintree Town

Welling produced an impressive display to beat play off chasing Braintree Town at Park View Road.In the process this victory, was Welling’s third victory on the spin.

Welling started with plenty of impetus and really took the game to Braintree. Joe Healy fired over an early chance after Christian Nanetti’s cross fell to him on the edge of the area.

Bradley Goldberg was next to go close a Jack Parkinson free kick was played into the area, the free kick was flicked on by Anthony Acheampong, but Goldberg was unable to keep his lobbed effort down and the ball went over.

 

Another half chance came Welling’s way when Nanetti hit a fierce half volley over the bar.

In the 27th minute the shape of the game changed. There was very little evidence of any friction between the sides but Ricky Gabriel threw an arm towards Callum Driver after the Wings right back had made a challenge on the Irons player. Referee Jason Richardson took his time before showing Gabriel a red card. Callum Driver was booked for his part in the melee that insued.

The Wings now with a numerical advantage pushed on and a super cross from the impressive Driver picked out Olumide Durojaiye but he headed wide.

The Wings then saw a golden opportunity come and go, Bradley Goldberg drove into the box before picking out Joe Healy his low effort was heading in but Christian Frimpong blocked the goal bound effort.

Having not been in the constant, Braintree went close in first half injury time, Phil Roberts seeing Miles slightly off his line curled an effort just over the bar.

The 2nd half continued with Welling doing all the pressing but without causing to many problems to the Braintree defence.

However in the 60th minute, Welling got the break through they deserved. A smart move between Goldberg and Joe Healy saw, Healy fouled by Joe Ellul.

The free kick, 25 yards out was Callum Driver territory and he expertly curled his free kick past Nathan McDonald who despite getting a hand to the ball could not keep the ball out.

Jonathan Miles then had to be alert to keep out a Roberts’ shot at his near post.

However it was Welling who always looked the more likely of adding to their tally. McDonald did well to tip over Tom Bradbrook’s close range header however Welling scored from the resulting corner. Jeffrey Monakana played the corner to Christian Nanetti who whipped in a fierce cross that Nathan McDonald flapped with his attempted punch, the ball fell kindly to Anthony Acheampong who expertly tapped home, much to the delight of his team mates.

Welling now sensed more goals and Bradbrook saw a header saved by McDonald from close range. However in the 77th minute Welling wrapped up the game with the best goal of the match and certainly a goal of the month contender. A ball was played into Tom Bradbrook who took a touch before playing the ball back to Jack Jebb. Jebb spotted McDonald slightly off his line and went for goal, stunningly curling the ball from 25 yards out over McDonald and into the top corner.

Braintree had a late chance of a consolation but a low Roberts effort was comfortably saved by Miles.

The Wings saw the game out with ease to record the impressive win. They now face an enforced break due to Wealdstone’s FA Trophy commitment.

Welling are next in action at home to Gloucester City on Saturday 10th February.

Welling United: Miles, Driver, Johnson, Dymond (Bradbrook 54), Acheampong, Parkinson, Monakana, Durojaiye, Goldberg, Healy (Jefford 85), Nanetti (Jebb 70). Subs not used: Coyle, Willard.

Attendance: 528

 

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Poole Town 2-3 Welling United

Welling gained back to back wins as they inflicted the first league double of the season over Poole Town. A Bradley Goldberg double help inspire Welling to come from behind to take all three points.

With the match only on after hard work from the Poole groundstaff, although the boggy nature of the pitch meant it was going to be a battle throughout and that is how it turned out.

Welling went ahead in just the 4th minute with the first attack of the game. A first time delivery by Jeffrey Monakana into the area was not dealt with and the ball found the on rushing Harley Willard who slotted home a side footed finish under the legs of Hutchings to give Welling a dream start.

This seemed to spark Poole into life and they should have been level immediately. Jez Bedford produced a cross that found Carl Pettefer who looked certain to score but he could only glance his header wide from close range.

However Poole were level with their next attack. 12 minutes had passed when Bedford played a clever ball to Brooks, who twisted and turned in the the area and made space for the shot before finishing low past Jonathan Miles.

From being ahead Welling then found themselves behind within a matter of minutes. Welling had possession from a corner but the corner was cleared and allowed Poole to quickly counter attack. Mohammed Baghdadi burst away and with Archie Johnson trying to get across to clear the danger he failed to prevent the ball finding Warren Bentley who burst clear. Bentley showed great composure and slotted past Miles, to turn the game on its head.

The Wings looked shell shocked and it almost got worse for them. Miles pushed a Bedford free kick onto the bar the rebound came back out to Baghdadi and his low shot was heading in through a crowd of players but Miles made a super reaction save to deny a 3rd.

Welling survived the scare and they started to improve and play there way back into the game.

Monakana was unlucky as he had a fierce shot that was heading in deflected wide for a corner. The Wings went even closer shortly after Bradley Goldberg created space for a shot but his low effort was heading in but Nick Hutchings produced a stunning save to tip the ball around the post as Welling showed signs of getting back into the game.

Into the 2nd half Welling were now kicking towards the end that was of most concern to match officials with the ground very boggy. But Welling played the conditions superbly. It took Welling 11 minutes to get back into the game.

A ball was played to Callum Driver who drove into the box before crudely being fouled by Matt Neale on the byline and a penalty was given. Bradley Goldberg slotted the penalty home to restore parity.

The Wings started to assert themselves on the game and they went ahead in the 65th minute. Joe Healy played the ball sideways to Archie Johnson who played a cracking defence splitting ball to Bradley Goldberg. The Wings striker beat the offside trap and raced clear he took a touch before curling the ball beyond Hutchings and celebrated with the travelling fans.

Goldberg almost put the game beyond doubt and almost completed his hat trick. Connor Dymond played a clever ball through to Goldberg but this time Hutchings tipped his fierce effort over the bar.

Welling had to endure a couple of late corners as Poole tried to grab an unlikely point. Will Spetch did head over a Bedford cross, but the header was never troubling Miles in the Welling goal.

The Wings held on for the vital three points a win that was dedicated to Club President Eric Brakstone who sadly passed away last Saturday.

Welling United: Miles, Driver, Johnson, Dymond, Acheampong, Parkinson, Monakana (Jebb 78), Durojaiye, Goldberg, Healy (Bradbrook 84), Willard (Nanetti 61). Subs not used: Coyle, Jefford.

Image: Dave Budden captures Man of the Match Bradley Goldberg spreading his Wings after scoring a brace

Attendance: 390

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Welling United 3-0 Eastbourne Borough

In what has been a difficult week off the pitch, Welling United claimed a vital victory to stop the winless run of seven league games.

With Hugo Langton departing this week, Jamie Coyle dropped himself to the bench in order to rule over the side more from the touchline. Part of the title winning squad Antony Acheampong came back to the club and his presence in defence was an added addition and gave some organisation to the back line.

In goal, which has proven a problem all season, Jonathan Miles became the sixth starting goalkeeper, joining on loan from Ebbsfleet United.

Welling started brightly and Tom Bradbrook went close early on, making space for the shot before curling his effort straight into the arms of Mark Smith.

Welling went ahead with just nine minutes on the clock. Goldberg weaved his way into the box before running into the trouble, the ball was only half cleared to Olu Durojaiye on the edge of the area. The midfielder took a touch before rifling home a strike that Smith could only parry into the net. It was just the start The Wings needed.

A teasing corner was inches from the head of Elliott Romain as the Wings pressed on for a 2nd.

Eastbourne who had not been in the game for long periods started to see more of the ball as Welling failed to build on the 1st goal but the nearest they came was when Torres curled an audacious effort over the bar from long range. As it was with just two minutes left of the 1st half, Welling had an effort cleared off the line. Bradbrook hit a fierce half volley goalwards that looked to be heading in only for Will Hendon to bravely head the ball which was travelling at some speed off the line. As Welling took a deserved lead into half time.

With Welling now kicking up towards the Park End in the 2nd half, the game was slow to get going, Welling mustering a few chances through corners and Eastbourne not threatening at all.

There was a long delay in play as Callum Driver and Yemi Obudabe clashed heads from a free kick both players had to be replaced but both players managed to walk off the pitch which was good to see. Harley Willard replacing Callum Driver for Welling.

Welling did look more of a threat from set pieces than in recent games and Jack Parkinson almost guided a Goldberg corner into the net, but his effort went over.

Harley Willard nearly made an instant impact driving into the Borough box before shooting wide of the post.

Welling doubled their lead in the 79th minute. Elliot Romain who did not stop running all game epitomised his performance with the 2nd goal, he ran down a back pass by Harry Ransom making keeper Mark Smith hurry his kick which he inadvertently kicked into the back of Romain as the ball trickled into the net. It was just rewards for Romain.

The goal well and truly beat off any hope Eastbourne had of getting back into the game. December’s play of the month Jack Jebb came on in place of Bradley Goldberg and he instantly brought out a save in Mark Smith with a smart save at his near post.

With Seven minutes off injury time added, in the 4th minute of time added on, Ian Simpemba crudely fouled Romain as he brushed past him. From the resulting free kick Jebb delivered an accurate free kick that found Elliot Romain who headed past Smith to cap a fine display and deservedly he won the man of the match award. If this was to be Romain’s last game before his loan deal is up, The Wings management will need to find a replacement for his work rate and goals which have been a bright spark in the poor recent run.

The Wings have an enforced break now with the next game a long trip South to Poole Town on Saturday 20th January.

Welling United: Miles, Driver (Willard 73), Johnson, Durojaiye, Acheampong, Parkinson, Dymond, Healy, Bradbrook (Monakana 65), Goldberg (Jebb 82), Romain. Subs not used: Coyle, Jefford.

Attendance: 404

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Dartford 4-1 Welling United

Jamie Coyle and his management team must be cursing the decision back in the Summer to let Alfie Pavey join Dartford. For the 2nd time in a week the striker came back to haunt Welling this time with a brace and his 18th of the campaign.

Welling started quite brightly seeing a lot of the ball and a half chance from Jamie Coyle saw him blaze over from outside the area. Slowly Dartford started to get into stride and they took the lead in the 19th minute. Ryan Hayes was allowed to run a long way before firing an effort that took a deflection on its way past the helpless Ryan Sandford.

Welling though deservedly got back into the game just five minutes later. Christian Nanetti stood a cross up to the back post where the very impressive Elliot Romain headed home.

A super save from Ryan Sandford helped Welling stay level as he pushed away an effort from Pugh as he seemed certain to score.

Dartford did get back in front in the 39th minute. A ball from Ryan Hayes carved the Welling backline completely open, this allowed Danny Harris to pull the ball back to Andy Pugh who slotted past Sandford, it was a carbon copy goal that Pugh scored at PVR on Boxing Day.

It could and should have been 3-1 just before Half Time. Danny Mills heading wide from another Ryan Hayes cross.

As it was Welling almost grabbed an equaliser in added on time of the 1st half. Connor Dymond saw a shot cleared off the line by Ronnie Vint.

The Wings used this strong finish as a springboard to start the 2nd half brightly. A thunderbolt from Joe Healy was tipped over the bar by Keeper Ibrahim the effort was heading into the corner of the net.

Sandford then had to be on top form to deny Danny Mills as he some how kept out his low effort that appeared to be heading in.

Welling then missed a golden opportunity, Bradbrook beat the offside trap to run onto a long ball, he reached the ball before keeper Ibrahim and managed to round him, before delaying his shot. Bradbrook played the ball to Romain but he too delayed on the ball before Vint was on hand to clear the danger.

Vint was in the thick of things once again as a loose ball came out to Joe Healy on the edge of the area but Vint bravely threw himself at the ball and deflected the goal bound shot wide.

Just as they did on Boxing Day Dartford brought on Alfie Pavey with twenty minutes to go and it took him just 3 minutes to show Welling what they are missing. A deep corner from Elliott Bradbrook was headed back into the area and Pavey was on hand to score a poachers goal from close range to effectively seal the game.

The game was then put beyond any doubt in the 78th minute, Pavey was played through beat the offside trap and slotted under the body of Sandford.

Dartford nearly made it 5-1 but Sandford pulled a smart save to deny the table toppers.

The result compounded a miserable Festive Period for Welling who are now in a real slump of form having gone 8 games without a victory and facing a real battle to keep the season alive.

Welling: Sandford, Driver, Jefford (Durojaiye 79mins), Dymond, Coyle, Parkinson, Monakana (Jebb 86mins), Healy, Romain, T Bradbrook, Nanetti (Goldberg 70mins). Subs not used: Francis, Phipps.

Attendance: 1,640

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Welling United 2-3 Dartford

Welling were sunk by a late wonder strike from former Welling man Alfie Pavey as they were cruelly denied having come back from two goals behind.

Just as they did on Saturday Welling started poorly and they were behind inside three minutes.

A low Ryan Hayes cross was met by Andy Pugh who had the freedom of Welling to stroke the ball past Ryan Sandford from close range.

The same combination nearly saw Dartford double the lead but this time Pugh headed wide from a Hayes cross.

Slowly Welling got into the game and Bradley Goldberg saw a shot turned around the post by Darts keeper Deren Ibrahim before he did the same to a Olu Durojaiye long-range shot.

Christian Nanetti then hit the post after his shot from a mazy run deflected off of Tom Bonner and onto the post.

Jack Parkinson then should have done better from a Monakana corner but headed wide when unmarked.

Welling finished the half strongly but after good work from Nanetti his cut back to Goldberg saw the striker force a super save from Ibrahim.

Welling replaced the injured Bradley Goldberg with Tom Bradbrook at the break. He almost made an immediate impact after latching onto a ball over the top he smashed his effort straight at Ibrahim.

As it was Dartford went further ahead in the 55th minute . Hayes and Pugh again combining as Pugh swept home an almost identical goal to his first.

Dartford almost put the game beyond Welling when Danny Mills beat the offside trap to lob Sandford, with Mills off celebrating, the striker had to stop as the ball bounced off the post and was cleared.

Andy Pugh then almost got his hat trick just failing to turn a Nathan Collier’s cross in as Dartford looked to be cruising.

Perhaps buoyed by these misses Welling started to show some character. Ian Gayle was guilty of missing a sitter Derren Ibrahim spilled Callum Driver’s long-range shot and with Gayle looking certain to score the rebound he side footed over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

With 13 minutes to go, Welling got back in the game. After Nanetti was fouled just outside the box, Callum Driver curled a superb free kick into the top corner.

With Welling throwing everything at Dartford, the Wings won a penalty. Tom Bradbrook was fouled by a combination of Tom Bonner and Elliott Bradbrook Monakana cooly slotted the penalty past Ibrahaim despite the keeper being a long way off his line when the penalty was taken.

However in a cruel twist, Dartford won the game in the 2nd minute of injury time. Welling fouled to clear a long ball into the area and the ball fell kindly to Pavey who
volleyed superbly from 20 yards out into the corner. It left Welling heartbroken and licking there wounds in mid table after a wretched run of results in December.

The return fixture is next with the game at Dartford a 3pm Kick off on New Years Day.

Welling: Sandford, Driver, Jefford, Durojjaiye, Gayle, Parkinson, Monakana, Dymond, Romain, Goldberg (Bradbrook 46mins), Nanetti. Subs not used: Jebb, Francis, Phipps, Johnson.

Attendance 1,401

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Chelmsford City 4-1 Welling United

Welling were comprehensively beaten by Chelsmford on Saturday. Not help by illness to player manager Jamie Coyle before the game and the sudden suspension of Joe Healy, however The Wings could have little excuse for a performance that did not see them get competitive at all.

The Wings went behind as early as the 2nd minute. Scott Davies picked the ball up in midfield, the Welling defence sat off and allowed the midfielder just hit an effort that crept past Sandford and into the net.

Just four minutes later, and Chelsmford went further ahead. A cross from the Welling right, was converted by Luke Daley who had all the time in the world to poke past Sandford. It was a disastrous start from Welling.

A tame Jack Jebb free kick was saved by Sam Beasant as Welling at least tried to get back into the game.

Despite conceding twice, Ryan Sandford kept Welling in the game early on as he some how saved a Chris Dickson header from close range, the stopper pushing away his effort.

The game was as good as done though when Chelmsford added a 3rd in the 38th minute. Kudus Oyenuga worked his way through a crowd of Welling players with ease before slotting past Sandford.

It could have been four shortly after but Anthony Church just failed to connect with the ball with the goal at his mercy.

The game was one way traffic, with Welling looking vulnerable everytime City attacked. Chris Dickson again got past the Welling defence to easily before shooting over.

Into the 2nd half Welling Jeffrey Monakana came on for Harry Phipps and whilst the Wings did see more of the ball, it was still Chelmsford who threatened more.

Antony Church missed a simple header from close range, Michael Spillane then shot wide as the onslaught continued.

In a rare Welling attack it took Welling left back Ben Jefford to shoot over from distance to register a Welling shot.

The 4th Chelmsford goal arrived in the 71st minute and it was the best goal of the game. Dickson played a delightful one/two with Johnson and Dickson stroked the ball past Sandford, for a lovely goal.

Chelmsford almost added a 5th but Sandford pulled off a super save to deny Davies.

Welling got on the score sheet late on as Goldberg, was tripped in the area. Goldberg picked himself up to calmly stroke the penalty home.

But that was as good as it got for a disappointing Welling. Who will have to improve greatly if they want to repay the travelling Welling fans with some festive cheer against Dartford.

The Wings face Dartford at Park View Road on Boxing Day Kick off 1pm.

Welling United: Sandford, Gayle, Jefford, Phipps (Monakana 46), Dymond (Nanetti 63), Parkinson, Driver, Jebb, Romain (Johnson 85), Goldberg, Durojaiye. Sub not used: Francis.

Attendance: 787

 

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Welling United 2-2 Truro City

Welling picked up their first home point since early November as they grounded out a draw with Truro City.

Callum Driver came straight into the squad and impressed on debut and Jack Jebb was recalled to the starting line up as Welling’s formation was tinkered with again.

In the very 1st minute a Jack Jebb corner found Jack Parkinson at the far post but he slid his effort just wide.

A long ball over the top saw Tom Bradbrook hold of his marker but he looped his effort well wide.

Welling took the lead in the 18th minute, Jack Jebb crossed the ball centrally into the area and his cross evaded everyone to find the corner of the net, maybe with the assistance of Jack Parkinson outstretched boot, video replay will determine that.

Welling held the lead for just six minutes though. The Wings defence failed to clear their lines as Cody Cooke was allowed to turn in the area and slot past Sandford.

Bradley Goldberg made space for a shot but curled just wide as The Wings tried to rally.

Ryan Sandford then saved at his near post from Tyler Harvey as the game became stretched.

But the score was level at the break.

Welling had the ball in the net just two minutes into the 2nd half, Ben Jefford crossed for Goldberg who glanced his headed into the net only to see it ruled out for a very dubious offside decision.

Salt was rubbed into the wound when Truro took the lead minutes later. Connor Riley-Lowe played the ball to Tyler Harvey over on the left and he hit a low effort from an acute angle past Sanford which found the corner of the net.

But The Wings responded and they equalised soon after. Goldberg was fouled on the edge of the area. Upstepped Jack Jebb who arrowed his free kick into the roof of net with McHale a spectator as it flew past him.

This goal opened the game up once more with Aaron Lamont hitting an effort against the bar for Truro before in the same passage of play Callum Driver rifled a shot from range just over.

The lively Cooke headed a Harvey cross just wide. Then a Jebb corner found Harry Phipps but he headed wide.

Both teams pushed for the winner as McHale saved well from Bradley Goldberg before Truro almost won it when Harvey shot wide in injury time. That would have been harsh on Welling who did enough to warrant a point.

The Wings now have a break from action before they head into the Christmas period with a tough away game at Chelmsford City on Saturday 23rd December.

Welling United: Sandford, Gayle, Jefford (Johnson 83), H. Phipps, Coyle, Parkinson, Driver, Healy (Nanetti 57), Bradbrook (E. Phipps 61), Goldberg, Jebb. Subs not used: Francis, Monakana.

Attendance: 383

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Welling United 0-3 East Thurrock

Welling’s stuttering home form continued as they were resoundly beaten by a well organised East Thurrock side. The result comes at the start of a tough run of games in December so this is not the way the Wings would have wanted to kick the month off.

Jamie Coyle once again shuffled the pack in response to last week’s home defeat to Weston and Bradley Goldberg came back into the side in place of Tom Bradbrook and Jack Jebb made way for on loan midfielder Harry Phipps.

East Thurrock started on the front foot front from the off and on loan keeper Harry Sandford kept Welling in the game early on. He produced a smart save to deny a low left footed Tom Richardson shot. Sandford was at it again this time denying former Wings man Reece Harris with a super save. Perhaps the best of the lot came though when made a double save from a Sam Higgins header from a corner, drawing applause from both sets of fans.

The Wings just could not live with the East Thurrock attacks and eventually they did fall behind in the 33rd minute.

Former Welling man Reece Harris had the ball cut back to him and he hit a first time shot that curled into the net giving Sandford no chance.

Harry Wright the East Thurrock keeper who had been very quiet in the opening exchanges then saved brilliantly from Bradley Goldberg with his fierce shot heading in but the keeper fisted the ball away to safety.

With half time approaching Welling won a succession of free kicks on the edge of the box but both were tamely hit, into the wall rather summing up Welling’s first half performance.

At half time Welling made a change Tom Bradbrook replaced Harry Phipps as The Wings went for broke. The move helped as for the first part of the 2nd half they improved. Nanetti saw a shot saved by Wright before Bradbrook headed over a corner at the near post.

Healy then was denied by a superbly last ditch tackle from Ekikpeta in the East Thurrock as the National South League Player of the month barred down on goal.

Welling had a golden opportunity in the 58th minute. A clever header from Healy was played into the path of Goldberg and his fierce half volley was parried into the path of Archie Johnson. But Johnson, who had the goal at his mercy directed his side footed effort well wide much to the agony of the fans willing him to put it in.

That miss set the tone for the remainder of the game as Welling fell to pieces. Welling had Connor Dymond sent off on 69 minutes when he received a 2nd yellow the first for remonstrating with the referee and then the 2nd was for a cheap foul just outside the box.

From the resulting free kick Sam Higgins hit the apex of the goal. Welling’s luck though ran out a minute later. In the 71st minute with The Wings at sixes and sevens trying to reorganise themselves a simple punt over the top caught the Wings defence static and Sam Higgins fired a volley past Sandford.

Welling were a deflated side and East Thurrock scored a 3rd with a sublime goal in the 82 minute. Sam Higgins picked the ball up and curled a delightful effort into the top corner which even Ryan Sandford could only watch as it flew past him and into the net.

The Wings were well beaten at full time and somehow must improve the deteriorating home form if they want to be in with a shot at the play offs come April.

They get a chance next week as Welling host high flying Truro City at Park View Road on Saturday.

Welling: Sandford, Dymond, Jefford (E Phipps 76mins), Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson, Nanetti (Jebb 80mins), Healy, H Phipps (Bradbrook 46mins), Goldberg, Johnson. Subs not used: Gayle, Francis.

Attendance: 432.

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