Author: Spills GB

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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Welling United 0-1 Weston-Super-Mare

Welling crashed out of The FA Trophy at the first hurdle as they produced a laboured performance against Weston Super Mare. The result means Welling have failed to win any cup matches including county cup competitions in the 2017/2018 season.

It took Welling just 30 seconds to record a shot, Captain Connor Dymond received the ball on the right before producing a left footed shot which just went over.

Welling introduced new signing goal keeper Ryan Sandford to the side and he had to be alert to claim a low shot from Jake Lee, then he made an identical save from Danny Greenslade.

Weston missed a golden opportunity shortly after as a deep free kick from Dayle Grubb found Jake Lee at the back post, but he failed to convert and the chance had gone. Centre back Harvey Smith then tried an audacious overhead kick from a corner but went well wide.

Weston continued to press, but they were not really troubling Sandford in the Welling goal. Jeffrey Monakana tried to use his pace to stretch the Weston defence and his over hit cross almost caught out Luke Purnell but the ball dipped onto the roof of the net.

Welling did finish the half strongly and they hit the post in the 41st minute. Jack Jebb played the ball out wide to Goldberg, the former Bromley man hit a fierce effort that beat Purnell but hit the outside of the post before going wide.

At half time Welling lost Jack Parkinson to illness and he was replaced by Ian Gayle. It took Weston just 67 seconds to open the scoring in the 2nd half. The impressive Dayle Grubb played the ball to Gethyn Hill who took a touch before firing low past Sandford.

Weston went in surge of a 2nd and Naby Diallo had a shot saved by Sandford.

Bradley Goldberg hit another low shot that Purnell saved for a corner before Dayle Grubb brought a smart save from Ryan Sandford from a free kick.

In the 72nd minute Monakana produced a stunning cross that found Bradbrook with a looping header that had Purnell back peddling but his effort crashed against the bar.

The Wings then had the ball in the net but Tom Bradbrook was adjudged to have been offside as the ball came through to him from a Christian Nanetti shot.

With time ticking down Jake Lee almost added a 2nd but he fizzed a shot just wide

The Wings almost stole an unlikely equaliser in time added on but Purnell produced a brilliant save to deny Goldberg.

Welling now have a week to prepare for East Thurrock at home knowing their home form must improved as they enter a tough run of games in the lead up to Christmas.

Welling United: Sandford, Dymond, Johnson (Nanetti 74), Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson (Gayle 46), Monakana, Jebb, Bradbrook, Goldberg, Phipps. Subs not used: Francis, Jefford, Milton.

Attendance: 322

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Hemel Hempstead 2-2 Welling United

A game of two halves saw Welling fight back to claim a point in a pulsating game against fellow play off chasers Hemel Hempstead. For the 2nd week in a row The Wings found themselves two goals behind, but once again they showed plenty of heart and desire to claim the draw.

Hemel started the brighter and James Kaloczi had a glorious chance to put the host in front but he blazed over after the ball had been square to him just inside the area.

However Hemel did take the lead in the 9th minute. Welling lost the ball in the midfield cheaply and the ball was worked to Antonio German (who had signed 24 hours previously for Hemel) he curled a spectacular effort from 25 yards out which bounced in via the underside of the bar.

A shell shocked Welling nearly fell two behind when Will Hoskins got on the end of a smart move and cleverly scored but the effort was ruled out for offside.

The Wings are always a threat from the set pieces of Jack Jebb and his excellent free kick found Jack Parkinson unmarked in the area. With his low diving header destined for the goal somehow Laurie Walker tipped the ball over the bar, a super save.

Hemel then double their lead in the 39th minute. Jeffery Monakana lost control of the ball on the edge of the box and in his attempt to win the ball back Joe Howe stole in and he was tripped Jordan Parkes celebrating his 200th game for the home side easily converted past Kitscha.

It was nearly 3 in time added on of the 1st half but Hoskins shot straight at Kitscha when clean through.

So after a subdued half The Wings made a double change at the break and the changes paid dividends as Welling looked completely revitalised. Ian Gayle and Jack Jebb making way for Eli Phipps and Bradley Goldberg

It was Hemel though who went closest first in the 2nd half as Tom Day brought a save out of Kitscha and it proved vital as Welling immediately broke to score to get back in the game.

In the 54th minute Archie Johnson burst down the left, before standing an inch perfect cross for Tom Bradbrook to arch a towering header past Walker.

Within minutes of the restart Welling somehow failed to equalise, the lively Eli Phipps ran into the box crossed for Joe Healy but his clever flick was somehow saved by Walker.

In the 59th minute though Welling did equalise and in some fashion as well. For how well Laurie Walker had played he made a hash of a clearance and the ball found Joe Healy just inside the Hemel half. Healy had the presence of mind to look up, spot Walker out of his goal and he accurately hit an audacious effort over the head of Walker and into the middle of an unguarded net. A special goal.

This equalising goal really opened the game up and Hemel came close to retaking the lead an unconvincing save from Kitscha from a Parkes effort only diverted the ball into the path of Hoskins but brave defending blocked his effort.

Jeffery Monakana nearly capped signing his 18 month deal with the club with a fine goal but he curled just over, before Welling were left scratching their heads as to how they didn’t go ahead.

A low cross caused panic in the Hemel defence and a goal mouth scramble ensued with Goldberg applying a touch that looked to be going in but the spin of the ball enabled a Hemel defender to clear, it was inches from Welling taking the lead.

With that Hemel went straight up the other end and came inches from scoring themselves. Joe Howe hit a shot from outside of the area which deflected onto the post. The impressive Jordan Parkes then saw his deflected shot go inches wide with Kitscha a spectator. As Hemel now could sense a winner.

With a minute to go Hemel almost grabbed it as well but Connor Dymond somehow cleared Anton German shot off the line.

But that would have been harsh on Welling and this pulsating game was brought to an end by referee Mr Massey-Ellis as The Wings travel home with the view of a point gained rather than two dropped. The result leaves them 7th in the table but incredibly just 3 points off of top, in a very tight Vanarama South table.

Welling have a break from the league next week as they entertain Weston Super Mare at home in the FA Trophy.

Welling United: Kitscha, Dymond, Johnson, Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson, Monakana (Nanetti 86), Healy, Bradbrook, Jebb (Goldberg 46), Gayle (Phipps 46). Subs not used: Richards, Francis.
Attendance: 453

 

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Welling United 3-3 Concord Rangers

Having worked so hard to turn around a two goal deficit, The Wings blew a golden opportunity to move up to 2nd in the table as Concord Rangers snatched a draw in the final minute of injury time.

The Wings had over 25 attempts at goal in the game, such was their dominance yet they were punished for conceding such uncharacteristic sloppy goals.

Within 30 seconds The Wings went close, Jeffrey Monakana produced a low cross that found Christian Nanetti at the back post, but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Louis Wells (former Dartford keeper) who was to have an outstanding game in goal.

It was Nanetti v Wells part II as Wells saved a low effort with his legs, in the same passage of play it came back to Jack Jebb but again Wells some how saved. This proved vital as out of nothing with their first venture into the Welling half Concord took the lead in the 9th minute.

Former Welling man Jordan Brown raced past Connor Dymond and cut the ball back for Amos Nasha who calmly side footed past debutant Kitscha in the Welling goal.

A shell shocked Welling tried to rally and Joe Healy rose well but directed a header wide at front post. Goldberg then showed great trickery to get to byline and he cut the ball back but Healy flashed a volley over from close range.

Concord whose game plan was to sit and hit on the counter attack saw Steve Crawley rifle a shot over as The Wings continued to chase the equaliser.

A lovely cross from Nanetti was perfect for Healy and with the goal at his mercy he just misjudged the header and the chance went.

Into the 2nd half and Welling now kicking towards the Road End continued to probe in search of a leveller. It was Nanetti v Wells part 3 and Wells again saved before Nanetti pulled the ball back for Goldberg but he shot wide.

Joe Healy won a free kick twenty yards from goal and Jack Jebb curled the free kick that just failed to dip in time as the effort grazed the bar on the way over.

Jamie Coyle who dropped himself from the starting line up made a double change throwing on two strikers with Tom Bradbrook and Eli Phipps, coming on in place of Jack Jebb and Christian Nanetti.

But no sooner had the strikers been introduced, Concord double the lead. Another former Welling man Ben Greenhalgh beat the offside trap after hitting Welling on the counter attack, Kitscha ran out to block but Greenhalgh just squared to Kyron Farrell who had the simplest of tap in’s to leave Park View Road stunned.

Welling didn’t stop trying though and the inspired Wells saved Concord again as he tipped Eli Phipps’ header over the bar when he looked certain to score.

Finally Wells was beaten by a little bit of magic from Joe Healy. After a deft touch to nutmeg a Concord defender this allowed Healy the shooting opportunity and he smashed an effort past Wells and into the corner.

The Wings almost equalised immediately as Healy fizzed an effort just wide from a corner that was headed out to him.

Concord though almost grabbed a 3rd Greenhalgh burst clear but Kitscha made himself big and produced a good save.

Welling then equalised in the 78th minute Archie Johnson burst down the left before supplying a superb cross that Phipps guided home on the volley.

Now Welling had 12 minutes to find a winner and Jack Parkinson headed over from a Monakana corner. However in the 85th minute Welling produced a remarkable comeback and went ahead. Phipps drove into the box before his fierce effort was deflected in past Wells by Billy Roast and into the corner of the net to send Park View Road wild.

But the celebrations were short lived as in the 93rd minute Kitscha miscued a Connor Dymond back pass that Concord took full advantage of as Khale Da Costa prodded home a deep cross at the 2nd time of asking to break Welling hearts.

The Wings even had time to snatch a late winner, a Monakana corner was flicked on and the ball fell to Tom Bradbrook in the six yard box put he prodded the ball just wide, to leave Welling having to settle for a point from this enthralling game.

The Wings travel to Hemel Hempstead next Saturday.

Welling United: Kitscha, Dymond, Johnson, Durojaiye, Gayle, Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Goldberg (Richards (85), Jebb (Phipps 57), Nanetti (Bradbrook 57). Subs not used: Coyle, Francis.

Attendance 636.

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St Albans City 1-2 Welling United

Welling bounced back in superb fashion as they grounded out a fine win away from home. Goals from Joe Healy and Jack Jebb secured The Wings the three points as they moved up to 3rd in the table.

Welling started brightly and Jeffrey Monakana had a shot bravely blocked by Percy Kiangebeni before Christian Nanetti hit a wild volley over the bar after the ball had came out to the winger from a corner.

St Albans started to come into the game and Shaun Lucien showed great trickery to weave his way into the box before he shot wide. Dean Snedker then saved well from Nanetti as Welling continued to search for an opening.

If Welling had come close then St Albans came even closer just minutes later as Lucien played in Layne Eadie but his effort from an acute angle hit the outside of the post and was hacked away by the Wings defence. City captain David Noble then flashed a long range effort wide.

A quick counter attack saw Welling Jack Jebb blaze over as the game opened up. The Wings could and should have gone one up half hour into the game. A super corner from Jebb was met by the unmarked Ian Gayle but he directed his header wide. Solomon Sambou then hit an audacious effort from range which Dillion Barnes had to save at the 2nd attempt after spilling the first effort.

Former Wings man Rhys Murrell-Williamson fired wide from long range as The Wings restricted The Saints into snap shots. The one time they did carve an opening Dillion Barnes was on hand to make a good save denying Charlie Walker with a save down to his left.

With the game heading towards the break goal less, Welling took the lead with a minute of the half remaining. A lovely counter attack move that started with Olu Durojaiye superbly winning a tackle in his own half, the ball was carried forward by Bradley Goldberg who laid the ball into Joe Healy and The Wings top scorer showed great composure to beat Snedker with a lovely finish.

The Wings buoyed by the half time lead started the 2nd half well. Monakana who by his own high standards had a quiet 1st half forced a smart save out of Snedker after just two minutes into the 2nd half.

After this St Albans enjoyed a good spell of poession but without really looking likely to score. Barnes then saved comfortably from a Nouble free kick on the left.

As it turned out clinical Welling doubled their lead in a classic counter attack move. In the 67th minute Sub Eli Phipps stole the ball in the midfield and spotted the run of Jake Jebb the ball was slipped through to the former Sutton man, he took a touch before cooly slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner, as he ran to celebrate with the large travelling Wings support behind the goal.

Welling could have added a 3rd shortly after, a lovely move resulted in Phipps just failing to get on the end of low ball into the box from Archie Johnson.

A shell shocked St Albans tried to rally and Murrell-Williamson saw a goal bound shot bravely blocked as The Wings defence stood firm. The departing Dillion Barnes playing his last game of his loan move then produced the save of the game, keeping out Pinney’s low shot from Banton’s pull back, Barnes remarkably saving the effort with his feet.

St Albans continued to pour forward and Barnes again saved well from Murrell-Williamson. But it was not all one way traffic and after Snedker had a made a hash of a clearance Jeffery Monakana saw the keeper off his line but the City keeper made a stunning save to tip the effort over the bar.

Murrell-Williamson went close after getting the better of Archie Johnson down the Welling left but he poked his effort wide.

With a minute left of time added on St Albans got a consolation when Pinney headed home a Sam Merson cross at the back post.

It mattered not though as Welling secured a fine away win, and bounced back from last week’s defeat.

The Wings return to Park View Road next Saturday when Concord Rangers are the visitors.

Welling United: Barnes, Dymond, Johnson, Durojaiye, Coyle, Gayle, Monakana, Healy (Richards 76), Jebb (Bradbrook 83), Goldberg (Phipps 61), Nanetti. Subs not used: Francis, Joseph-Dubois.

Attendance: 715.

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Welling United 1-2 Wealdstone

The battle of the league’  two in form teams, saw Wealdstone come away victorious as Welling tasted defeat in the league for the first time since August.

Fresh from a six game winning run, Welling started well. A sublime move involong Jeffrey Monakana and Joe Healy, saw Monakana cross low into the box but Tom Bradbrook just missed the ball with an outstretched leg.

Anyone who thought this was the start of one way traffic were mistaken as Wealdstone grew into the game. Daniel Green dragged a shot wide when well placed.

Wealdstone were dictating the play from the midfield and the ball was played out to Dan Green who crossed for Abobaker Eisa but the forward glanced a header wide.

Ian Gayle had a half chance when glancing a teasing Jack Jebb free kick wide, but back came the visitors.

Eisa had an even better chance again from a header, flashing his effort wide when unmarked in the area. With Welling looking to have weathered the visitors attacks, Wealdstone grabbed the lead in the 38th minute. A deep cross from Dan Green evaded everyone but Ryan Sellers who arrived late at the back post to meet the ball on the half volley firing his effort into the ground which Barnes could only parry into the net.

Welling made a change at half time, bringing on Bradley Goldberg for Jebb. Just as The Wings needed a good start to the 2nd half Wealdstone doubled their lead in the 47th minute. A long ball over the top caused problems for The Wings defence, Jack Parkinson seemed to have dealt with the danger but he was adjudged to have fouled Eisa in the process and a penalty was awarded. Dan Green smashed his penalty home.

Now Welling really had to rally and Monakana sent Bradbrook clear, but he poked effort inches wide.

Things went from bad to worse as Ben Jefford was sent off for a tough tackle, that referee Mr Packman wasted no time in brandishing the red card rather than giving himself thinking time before making a decision.

If anything though Welling improved for going down to 10 men. The Wings started to really test keeper Jonathan North and he produced a smart save to deny a Bradbrook header.

With 66 minutes on the clock Welling scored to get back into the game. An excellent Monakana corner was met at the back post by Jack Parkinson that hit the underside of the crossbar and went in.

Welling piled forward in search of an equaliser and they had big claims for a penalty waved away, similar to the one Wealdstone were awarded but after Bradbrook went down the appeals were waved away much to the shock of the home faithful. North then made another good save denying Goldberg with 12 minutes left.

Wealdstone were now looking to soak up the Welling attacks before pouncing on the counter attack. Stephane Ngamvoulou done really well to create shooting space but blazed his effort horribly wide.

Joe Healy blazed over the bar as Welling’s attacks became limited towards the end.

It was Wealdstone who nearly added a third in injury time, Dan Fitchett hit the post with a low effort as Wealdstone ended Welling’s 6 game winning run.

The Wings will look to get back to winning ways next Saturday as they travel to St Albans.

Welling United: Barnes, Gayle (Phipps 83), Jefford, Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Bradbrook, Jebb (Goldberg 46), Richards (Nanetti 66). Subs not used: Johnson, Francis.

Attendance: 666

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Gloucester City 0-1 Welling United

Welling made it six wins on the bounce as they overcame Gloucester City in horrid conditions. A late Joe Healy effort rewarded The Wings with the three points and lifted them up to 5th in the league.

Christian Nanetti returned to the starting XI as did Goalkeeper Dillion Barnes after Kleton Perntreou got injured in the warm up.

With the wind on their side it was no surprise that the hosts dictated play for most of the 1st half.

The home side went close in the 7th minute but Karnell Chambers miscued a chance from close range when he looked certain to at least hit the target.

Just a minute later and new City loan signing Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis hit an audacious volley from fully 30 yards out but he sliced the effort well wide.

Tom Webb pulled an effort wide from range before Ed Williams was also restricted to an effort from distance that he fired wide.

Then in the 25th minute Dillion Barnes had to be at his very best to keep out a stinging shot from Jack Storer. Barnes stunningly tipping the ball over the bar. A top draw save from a keeper who had missed the last 3 games.

Despite all of the home sides possession the determined Welling defence stood tall and were restricting the hosts to snap shots from range.

The Wings were not creating much in attack, but they were more than happy to play the conditions and battled against both the City attack and the gale force wind.

In the 35th minute Barnes produced another smart save, tipping over this time from a Parselle 30 yard drive.

Welling got to half time level and they knew that in the 2nd half with the wind on their side this would enable them to show their attacking intent.

At the break new loan signing Jack Richards replaced Christian Nanetti.

It took The Wings just 4 minutes to show this attacking intent as Joe Healy created space before forcing keeper Tom Hadler into a smart save tipping over his effort.

Back came Gloucester and a great cross from Williams found Chambers, who tried to glance his header into the corner but he directed his header just wide.

The 2nd half was certainly more end to end and it was a credit to both teams as the conditions were horrendous. Welling almost capitalised on a defensive error but keeper Tom Hadler was quickly off his line to deny Sub Tom Bradbrook.

Chances were becoming few and far between but Barnes did have to save a low shot from Thomas.

With conditions worsening, the game was heading for a stalemate, until a little composure in front of goal, won the game for The Wings with just 6 minutes remaining. The lively Jack Richards delivered a cross that held up in the wind and found Joe Healy in the 6 yards box to loop the ball home much to the delight of the travelling Welling fans behind the goal.

Despite Gloucester throwing everything at Welling in the final minutes, The Wings held on for a more than impressive sixth league win on the bounce.

Next up it’s the clash of the two in form teams as Wealdstone travel to Park View Road on Saturday.

Welling United: Barnes, Dymond (c), Jefford, Durojaiye, Gayle, Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Phipps (Bradbrook 60), Jebb (Goldberg 71), Nanetti (Richards 46). Subs not used: Coyle, Francis.

Attendance: 296

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Weston-super-Mare 0-2 Welling United

Whilst most sides in the league were concentrating on the FA Cup, Welling took full advantage of bowing out of the cup early as they made it five straight league wins with a super away performance at Weston-super-Mare. The win moving them into the play off positions.

In a slow opening to the game, Welling had the first chance in the 13th minute. Jack Parkinson met a Jack Jebb header which headed goalwards, his header was looping in until it was cleared off the line.

The influential Dayle Grubb by far Weston’s most creative player cleverly made room for a shot before firing just over the bar.

But just a minute later in the 23rd minute The Wings took the lead. A superb tackle in the midfield from Joe Healy won possession for Welling and created a counter attack, Healy slipped the ball to Eli Phipps who took a touch to his right before hitting a low effort that Weston keeper Luke Parnell could not keep out.

Weston tried to rally and Pernterou produced a very smart save denying a defected Dayle Grubb shot that was heading in. But in the 33rd minute clinical Welling doubled the lead. Jeffrey Monakana ran at the Weston defence and got the better of two defenders down the right wing before producing an inch perfect cross that was laid on a plate for Joe Healy to smash the ball side footed into the roof of the net, much to the delight of the travelling Welling fans behind the goal.

Weston almost found an immediate reply, former Welling man Jake Reid rose well to head against the inside of the post and the rebound was hacked away.

Perntreou was then called into action 5 minutes before half time first saving a Dayle Grubb effort before in the same phase of play saving a low Tristian Plummer shot as Weston tried their best to get back into the game.

Into the 2nd half and Welling could and probably should have put the game beyond the reach of the hosts. Joe Healy was played through by a very clever pass over the top and with the advancing Purnell in the Weston goal, he tried to dink the ball over the keeper but Luke Purnell stood tall and punched the ball away.

It was Healy vs Purnell part II shortly after, a low cross was pulled back to Healy who smashed an effort low and hard but Purnell managed to pull off another great save. Healy then headed over a Christie Pattisson cross as Welling dominated.

Sensing they had been some what let off, Weston ventured forward in the hope of trying to salvage something from the game. Grubb firing wide before Jack Parkinson made a vital headed clearance that would have resulted in a goal for Weston had he not.

Welling looked to pick off the Weston attacks and hit them on the counter. Sub Bradley Goldberg laid the ball off to Eli Phipps but the on loan Colchester forward blazed over.

However Welling saw out the five minutes of injury time without harm and claimed a well deserved three points. The Wings are on the road again next Saturday when the face Gloucester City.

Welling United: Barnes, Dymond, Jefford, Durojaiye, Gayle (Francis 83), Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Phipps (Sinclair 90), Jebb, Pattisson (Goldberg 72). Subs not used: Milton, Johnson.
Attendance: 536

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Welling United 4-0 Chippenham Town

Welling turned in their best performance of the season on non league day as they stylishly saw off Chippenham Town on Saturday. Having got game time into a number of the squad members with a hastily arranged friendly in mid week this decision paid divends as The Wings carried the momentum from the win at Havant two weeks previously.

Former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou started for Welling and fresh from his stunning goal in midweek for a Wings XI side in the London Senior Cup Academy bright prospect Matty Sinclair made the bench which pleased the home fans, with the academy side showing some real promise.

In truth the opening twenty minutes were a bit scrappy with some tasty challenges going in Joe Healy and Olumide Durojaiye both saw yellows for a culmination of fouls in the early stages for The Wings.

Chippenham had the first shot in anger and Perntreou produced a fine save to palm away a shot from Scott Twine which came through a crowd of players.

Chippenham then saw Will Richards head over a James Guthrie free kick, but after this The Wings started to get on top.

Jared Thompson produced a good if not unorthodox save tipping a Tom Bradbrook header from a Monakana cross up against the bar before catching the ball as it came down.

The Wings player manager Jamie Coyle missed a golden opportunity as he uncharacteristically headed over unmarked a Jack Jebb free kick.

But in the 38th minute Welling went ahead with a brilliantly worked goal. Monakana beat two men and then served up a pin point cross for Joe Healy to nod home from close range.

One, then became two as The Wings doubled their lead a matter of minutes later. 42 minutes were on the clock when a deep Jack Jebb free kick was met by Tom Bradbrook who headed the ball back across goal and into the corner of the net, to mark his return to the team with a goal.

Into the 2nd half and with Welling kicking towards the Danson Park end as expected the away side came out fired up. Chippenham were out for the 2nd half a good five minutes before Welling and Perntreou who looked solid in goal saved well from Twine.

However it was Welling who scored the all important 3rd goal. In the 48th minute Christian Nanetti played a clever defence splitting ball to set Jack Jebb free and his accurate cross found Tom Bradbrook who got across his marker and glanced his header past Thompson.

A shell shocked Chippenham tried to rally and Chippenham sub Scott Donnelly saw a dipping free kick well saved before a James Guthrie long range effort was well held by Perntreou.

But Welling were in the mood for more goals themselves and Thompson made a save from Jack Jebb’s free kick despite the ball looking to be going wide, the keeper was scrambling across his goal.

As the game ticked on Welling made Subs to give players more game time. Another player returning from injury Bradley Goldberg came on and put the icing on the cake with a 4th goal. In the 83rd minute Goldberg poked home a Jefford cross, Goldberg arguably should have added a fifth minutes later but Thompson stood tall and made a good save.

Welling saw out the five additional minutes of injury time without scare and recorded a confidence boosting win, to make it four straight league wins and propel them up to 8th just a point and a place outside of the play offs.

The Wings now embark on two long away trips with first up Weston Super Mare next Saturday.

Welling United: Perntreou, Dymond, Jefford, Durojaiye, Coyle (Gayle 81), Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Bradbrook (Phipps 70), Jebb, Nanetti (Goldberg 76). Subs not used: Sinclair, Pattisson.

Attendance: 595

 

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