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Welling fall to late Truro winner

Starting a new campaign with the longest journey of the season was always going to be a challenge for the new look Welling team but nobody could have predicted the agony that was to follow.

Having done so well to get back into the game, it was very hard on the Wings to lose the game in second half stoppage time to a fluke of a goal.

Jamie Coyle included Toby Ajala, who signed the day before, in his first Welling starting line up and selected himself and Ian Gayle as the centre back combination. His other main decision was who would partner Bradley Goldberg up front and he went for Tom Bradbrook.

Things could barely have got off to a worse start when going behind with just ten minutes on the clock

Aaron Lamont tricked his way through the Wings defence before his deflected shot found its way into the bottom corner.

Christian Nanetti looked for a quick response when collecting a deep cross and shooting first time but Tom McHale made a good save. Nanetti was again in the thick of the action when his run and cross caused problems with a clearance coming out as far as Joe Healy. His low shot from the edge of the area beat Mchale, but went the wrong side of the post.

Niall Thompson fired wide for Truro, when given space, and Lewington had to be watchful when a Lamont shot bobbled in front of him.

Healy had a shot blocked and Ben Jefford almost caught McHale out with a cross that caught in the wind and had to be claimed under the bar.

Bradbrook then headed over from a Connor Dymond cross before the hosts went two up just before the break.

Thompson brought down a long ball and River Allen’s first time angled pass split the defence to allow Cody Cooke to go clear and score.

At the break, Coyle made personnel and shape changes and it appeared to pay off.

Goldberg’s shot was flicked on by Bradbrook and McHale made a great reaction save at the cost of a corner. However it was all in vain as from Nanetti’s delivery, Coyle rose to head home and halve the arrears.

After Allen had fired a low free kick beyond the far post, Welling levelled through the same combination. Nanetti floated in a long free kick and Coyle rose to send a header inside the far post and send the noisy away supporters into raptures.

Alfie Pavey replaced Bradbrook and posed a different threat but was unable to guide a header goalwards.

Referee Tom Reeves refused Welling a penalty for what appeared to be a handball before Gayle came close with a header from a Dymond corner.

Just as it appeared that Welling would have to settle for a point, they conceded an injury time freak goal. Allen’s cross from the touch line caught the wind and flew into the net via the far post.

There will be little time for anyone to feel sorry for themselves as they return to action on Tuesday at Park View Road against Chelmsford City.

Truro City: McHale, Palfrey, Hartridge, Todd, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Allen, Thompson, Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Booth, Riley-Lowe.

Welling United: Lewington, Dymond, Jefford, Parkinson, Coyle, Gayle, Nanetti (Pattisson 80), Healy, Bradbrook (Pavey 66), Goldberg, Ajala (Durojaiye 46). Subs not used: Joseph-Dubois, Francis.

Attendance: 506

Jamie Coyle’s equaliser. Picture by Dave Budden.

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Kent Senior Cup Final preview

Many supporters won’t be too sorry to see the end of the 2016-17 season.

However, there is an opportunity for Welling United to claim some silverware as they contest the Kent Reliance Senior Cup Final at Maidstone United on Monday 1st May, kick off 15:00.

Those going to the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 4LQ will find admission is £10 adults, £5 concessions and under 5s free. There is no additional charge for seating

Should you be travelling by car, come off the M20 (junction 6) and M2(junction 3). Follow the signs to Maidstone on the A229. At the White Rabbit roundabout take the third exit on to James Whatman Way.

If travelling by public transport, the nearest station, Maidstone East, is closed for engineering works but Maidstone Barracks is fairly close to the ground and Maidstone West is not too much further away.

Those travelling by bus can catch the 101 or 155 buses which stop at the top of James Whatman Way outside the Kent Library and History Centre.

After Welling defeated Chatham Town 6-1 in the first round they had to jump some big fences to make it all the way to the final.

Harry Girling was the star of the penalty shoot out victory over Dartford saving three out of four of the attempts on his goal.

Another Harry, this time Crawford, scored the only goal of the quarter final against Bromley with a strike that was voted goal of the season at last week’s end of season presentations.

Charlton Athletic brought an under 23 team for the semi final which Welling again won on penalties with Chris Lewington saving the first two and then Charlton firing off target with the third and fourth.

Should the final go to penalties, Welling will be confident as only one in eight in shoot outs has been converted by opposition takers.

There may be a familiar face or two in the Dover team as Mitch Walker, Louis Fazakerley, Joe Healy, Ross Lafayette and Moses Emmanel have all worn the red of Welling over the years, and Tyrone Marsh could also play against his team mates of the last month.

Sam Hatton scores Welling’s final league goal of the season. Picture by Dave Budden

Bath City 2 Welling United 1

Whether it was due to having the impending Kent Senior Cup final on their minds, the fact that the result would mean little in the long run, or the fact that they arrived late in Bath, the Wings put in another disappointing away performance.

If there were doubts in Alex Dyer’s mind about which players will force their way into the cup final line up, few will have done their cases any good at Twerton Park.

Both teams had half chances in the early exchanges before Bath scored twice in quick succession.

First, Andy Watkins sent Nick McCootie clear and he finished clinically..

Then, although there was a suspicion of offside, they made it two. Frankie Artus sent Miles Welch-Hayes clear and his cross was put away by Watkins.

Chris Lewington saved well from an Axel Andresson free kick before Tyrone Marsh and Pierre Joseph-Dubois were substituted just after the half hour mark.

Alex Cathline was found at the end of Welling’s best move but he was unable to find sufficient power to bother O’Leary.

After the break Matt Fish was off target with a first time effort after Sam Hatton’s shot was blocked out.

Then Billy Murphy curled an effort wide for the hosts.

Twelve minutes remained when Welling reduced the odds. Artus conceded a free kick, and was cautioned for it being one too many, and Hatton launched a fierce drive into the top corner from 35 yards.

Having got back into the game the Wings failed to show any urgency and Bath saw out the game without further alarm.

Bath City: O’Leary, Rigg, Welch-Hayes, Batten, Andresson, Artus, Watkins, Murphy, McCootie (Hemmings 59), Morgan (Hutchinson 82), Diallo (Ball 82). Subs not used: Hunter, Simpson.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown (Richards 55), Fuseini, Walsh, Leacock. Marsh (Walker 33), Hatton, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Hayles 33), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Slabber, Crawford.

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Jordan Brown departed through injury. Picture by Dave Budden

Bath City v Welling United preview

This Saturday sees the end of this season’s Vanarama National League South campaign with a visit to Bath City.

Last weekend, Hampton and Richmond Borough claimed all three points at Park View Road despite Rhys Murrell-Williamson’s brilliant goal from a free kick and the team will want to finish on a high.

Those going to Twerton Park, Twerton, Bath, A2 1DB on Saturday will find admission is £13 adults, £10 over 65s, £7 under 18s and £2 under 16s. Serving members of the armed forces can gain entry for £10 and programmes are on sale at £2.50. There is no additional charge for seating

Should you be travelling by car should exit M4 at junction 18 and follow A46 signposted Bath. After 8 miles before tunnel keep in left hand lane (Bath A4) to roundabout. Take 3rd exit and follow signs for A4 Bath. After 1 mile turn left at traffic lights signed A4 Bristol/A36 Warminster.

Follow A4 signs around southern perimeter of the city for 3 miles. After passing Bathwick Tyres on the left, in 100 yards at traffic lights turn left, signposted Twerton, through a railway arch with a 11ft 6in height restriction.* Twerton Park is 200 yards on the left after a row of shops.

*For drivers of vehicles unable to negotiate the railway arch, continue along the A4 for a further 2 miles, through a set of traffic lights and onto a dual carriageway to “The Globe” roundabout. Take the 1st exit off roundabout (Combe Down, Newton St Loe), and follow for 1 mile and take the left turn at the bottom of the hill signposted Twerton (Newton Road). Follow this road for 1 mile to enter Twerton. Entrance to the stadium is on the right, the access road being next to Morrisons Local Store.

If travelling by public transport, there is a regular train service from London Paddington to Bath Spa. Upon arrival, Twerton Park is about 2 miles away. Should you not fancy the walk, the number 5 bus runs from the city centre every 12 minutes.

When Welling started the season with a visit to Bath in August 2008, Ryan Martin enjoyed his debut with a hat-trick, two of them from free kicks. Then, late in the second half, substitute Sol Pinnock also beat the frustrated Paul Evans from a direct free kick as the Wings ran out 4-0 winners.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson is congratulated by Rickie Hayles after scoring against Hampton and Richmond Borough. Picture by Dave Budden.

Welling United v Hampton and Richmond Borough preview

On Saturday the Welling United team will play their final home game of the season with Hampton and Richmond Borough the visitors.

Thankfully, their form at home has pulled them clear of the relegation zone so the supporters won’t have a tense last two games to worry about.

However, the match won’t have quite the end of season ‘dead rubber’ feel to it that it might have had. As a result of failing to have a sufficient number of seats, neither Hungerford Town nor Poole Town are allowed to enter the play-offs.

Currently in seventh place, Hampton are now in pole position for the final play-off place but will want to win their last two games with Wealdstone breathing down their necks. Bath City and St. Albans City still have an outside chance but it is unlikely that they will catch Hampton.

After the match, there will be presentations for Welling’s various player of the year awards so the celebrations would be much better if they followed a Welling victory.

When Hampton last visited Park View Road, in October 2011, Welling prevailed 2-1. Anthony Acheampong headed home Jamie Day’s free kick in the just the sixth minute to get Welling off to the perfect start.

Before the break, Andy Pugh made it two with a cracker from 20 yards after Craig Ross had pulled off a string of saves to keep the visitors in the game.

However, Welling weren’t able to keep the pressure up and Patrick Drmola pulled one back. Although Welling had the better chances, they failed to take them and almost paid the price when David Tarpey blazed widely off target deep into injury time.

In past meetings between the two clubs, starting in January 2008, Hampton have won four (the first three and the latest), there have been two draws, and Welling have been victorious five times.

Easter Monday brought another disappointing away day. Despite going one up with a goal claimed by both Alex Cathline and Rickie Hayles, three second half goals gave Chelmsford City a comfortable victory so the team will want to show that they can bounce back.

Who scored at Chelmsford? Picture by Dave Budden.

Chelmsford City v Welling United preview

On Easter Monday, the Welling United team visits Chelmsford City hoping to build on their two consecutive home victories that have guaranteed another season in the Vanarama National League South.

Tyrone Marsh’s great strike gave them a 3-2 win over Truro following their 4-0 victory over Gosport Borough.

Chelmsford’s surprise defeat at Oxford on Saturday means that the Clarets still require another victory to guarantee them a place in the play-offs.

Those travelling by road From Junction 28 of the M25 join the A12 sign-posted Chelmsford. After approximately nine miles take the exit sign-posted Chelmsford/Harlow. You then join another dual carriageway which will take you past a golf course and countryside on your left hand side.
Continue along this road (for approximately two miles) until you reach the first of two roundabouts (they are close together). You then go straight across the first roundabout (note at this roundabout anyone driving in on the A414 will join). The A414 joiners should turn left at this point and drive up to the second roundabout.

At the second roundabout you take the first left, signposted Chelmsford Crematorium/Widford Industrial Area. Again you keep straight on this road, following the signs for the Town Centre and Hospital A&E.

Along this road you will notice a Nissan Garage on your right and later a Fire Station, also on your right. After the Fire Station you are nearing the final set of lights on this road. Keep left as you approach these lights. As you go through the lights keep left and enter the slip road. Ahead is a Jeep Garage and a road signposted A1060 Sawbridgeworth.

Take the A1060 turning (road name Rainsford Road). Stay on this road, through first set of lights. At second set of lights go into the right-hand filter lane and turn right. This takes you into Chignall Road. Stay on this road for a short while before turning right into Melbourne Avenue. Ahead you will see a tall block of flats, turn left immediately in front of them into Salerno Way. The entrance to the Stadium is via a left turn at the next mini-roundabout.

Parking is currently free, with a small number of spaces available for disabled parking for fans with a blue badge. Free parking is also available in nearby streets and fans are urged to park responsibly and adhere to any parking restrictions in operation. A limited number of bicycle racks are also available.

Chelmsford Railway Station is served by the London Liverpool Street to Ipswich main line but engineering works mean that a replacement bus service is in force between Newbury Park and Ingatestone.
Once arriving at Chelmsford station, there is a taxi rank behind the station or buses from the other side of the road under the viaduct. 54 and 56 buses take around 15 minutes from there.

Entrance fees at the ground are Adults £13, Concessions £9 (65s and over) £5 (12 to 17) and U12s free. There is no additional charge for access to the stands.

Tyrone Marsh celebrating his winner against Truro City. Picture by Dave Budden.

Welling United v Truro City match preview

Alex Dyer’s first game in charge at Welling United ended with a convincing 4-0 win over Gosport Borough and he will be hoping to follow up with results over the Easter Weekend that will guarantee Welling’s safety.

On Good Friday, the Wings entertain Truro City looking to move a step closer to remaining in the Vanarama National League South although Truro are also coming in on the back of a good result having held Ebbsfleet United to a draw last Saturday..

Even though Truro’s current away form is as bad as Welling’s home form is good, it would be foolish to take the visitors from Cornwall lightly.

Andrew ‘Rocky’ Neal is a threat and has scored goals regularly all season following his transfer from Bodmin Town. They have been dealt a blow, however, by Torquay United recalling defender Ben Gerring from his loan spell.

Should the game be another like the last time Truro visited, supporters had bet brace themselves for a bumpy ride.

In January 2013, Welling were chasing big spending Salisbury City at the top of the Conference South. Loui Fazakerley put Welling ahead from Joe Healy’s cross and the team were on top until stunned by a 26th minute equaliser through Kieffer Moore.

Andy Watkins put Truro ahead a minute later then four further minutes passed before the same two combined again with Moore finishing.

After the break, Welling reduced the arrears when Truro player manager Lee Hodges brought down Ross Lafayette who was about to tap in. Hodges was dismissed and Healy converted the penalty.

Seven minutes remained when Lafayette levelled with a good finish. Despite being down to ten men, Truro still created openings and Sam Mott made an excellent save from Watkins.

Anthony Acheampong thought he had won it when finishing from Kurtis Guthrie’s cross but the offside flag was up from earlier in the move. Acheampong was not to be denied, however, when he headed home Jack Oberstellar’s cross deep into injury time.

Whether Friday’s game is as eventful as that remains to be said but with plenty of entertainment before and after the game, off the pitch, Park View Road is the place to be.

Welling celebrate Pierre Joseph-Dubois’ opening goal against Gosport. Picture by Dave Budden

Welling United v Gosport Borough preview

There is rarely a quiet week at Park View Road and once again there has been plenty going on this week.

Following the disappointing performance last Saturday, the first thing that had to be looked at was the harsh dismissal of Danny Waldren. Compelling video evidence was sufficient to ensure that the red card was overturned, and his suspension quashed.

Next day, however, came the surprising news that Harry Wheeler was leaving the club. He has now joined Billericay Town.

Hopefully, that’s it for the drama and now the team and supporters can look forward to Saturday’s home game with Gosport Borough.

Back on 5th November both teams rued their luck at times. Gosport twice struck the woodwork early on before Adam Coombes headed Welling in front from Matt Fish’s cross.

After the break, Chris Lewington made a stunning penalty save from Warren Bentley and the game appeared to be fizzling out. However, Welling were unable to see the game out when Ben Wright broke away to score.

Then it was Welling’s turn to strike the woodwork when Coombes saw his rocket crash back off the crossbar.

Whilst Welling’s away form has been pretty ordinary this season, results at home have been good with only one league defeat in the last nine since mid November.

Meanwhile Gosport have won just twice on the road in the league, the last one being in mid October.

Both sides are aware of how important this match is, although there is still time for further twists and turns before the season is over.

Dan Walker is congratulated by Alex Cathline after scoring at Ebbsfleet. Picture by Dave Budden.

Ebbsfleet United v Welling United preview

Following victory over Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night. Welling will travel to Ebbsfleet United full of confidence.

Although the Addicks side was an under 23 eleven, they included players that have played for their first team, and all their players train full time so the visitors were probably favourites..

On Saturday, Welling will be the underdogs again by virtue of league placings as well as the hosts home record against the Wings’ performances on the road.

Local derbies don’t always go to form, however, and a decent away following is expected. The supporters were excellent at Eastbourne and earned praise again against Hungerford at Park View Road. The players have confirmed that it does make a difference and will hope that they make plenty of noise at Stonebridge Road.

As Welling have played a couple of home games there, albeit ten years ago, long term supporters will no how to get there but directions for those that don’t won’t have too much of a problem.

By road leave the A2 at the Northfleet/Gravesend West junction. At roundabout, follow signs to Ebbsfleet International Station/A226 which will take you on to Thamesway and past Ebbsfleet International. The stadium is at the end of the road.

Should you be driving from Gravesend follow the one-way system round to Clive Road. Where the road splits past the railway station, next to the Somerset Arms pub, take the right turning, but immediately funnel into left-hand lane onto New Road/The Overcliffe. Continue straight for about two miles to London Road, then The Hill, then Northfleet High Street and finally past The Hive down to Stonebridge Road. The ground is at the bottom of the hill by the roundabout.

However, should you be travelling by public transport the nearest railway station is Northfleet (take Gravesend service from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge). It is only about 300 yards from the ground. As you leave the station go (more or less) straight ahead until you reach the main road. Turn left, walk to the bottom of the hill and the ground is on your right.

Alternatively you can get a bus to the ground from Gravesend station. Come out of the station on the Town side and turn right. There are bus stops just by the station – the 480/490 service will drop you outside the ground. Alternatively take the Fast track “B” Service, which also serves Ebbsfleet International.

The high-speed rail service from London St Pancras to Ebbsfleet International, in under 20 minutes, will also take you to within walking distance of the ground. Proceed through Car Park C and out on to the roundabout where you will see the stadium in front of you.
Attendance prices are £12 adults, £9 over 60s and under 16s (Id required), £5 12-16, and free for under 12s with an adult.

Alex Cathline scored his first Welling goal on Tuesday night. Picture by David Brown

Kent Senior Cup Semi Final preview

In a break from league action Welling United entertain Charlton Athletic in the Kent Senior Cup semi final on Tuesday evening.

After their nil nil draw with Hungerford Town on Saturday, Tristan Lewis confirmed that the Wings would be fielding a strong side.

Although the team’s first priority is to finish in a respectable place in the league, combining it with a cup final would be good.

It is likely that Charlton Athletic will field an under 21 side but that has been good enough to get them this far.

For Welling it has been an entertaining journey so far starting with a 6-1 victory at Chatham. Dan Walker scored a hat-trick, one a spectacular effort from out wide. Goals were also scored by Jonte Smith, Lyle Della-Verde and Josh Jackson.

Next up was Dartford and for the second Kent Senior Cup game in a row the opposition goalkeeper had to be replaced. Harry Crawford had already put Welling ahead before Deren Ibrahim had to be replaced.

However, Dartford equalised before the break then went ahead early in the second period. Time was running out when Matt Fish tried his luck with a shot that hit a defender and looped into the Dartford goal.

Sam Hatton then put a spot kick over the bar but stepped up again in the shoot out and netted, as did Welling’s other three penalty takers. Harry Girling was the hero, however, saving three of the four Dartford efforts.

Bromley were the visitors in the quarter final and the match was won by a spectacular Crawford strike from all of forty five yards to rival Walker’s special at Chatham for Welling goal of the tournament.

The opposition for the final is already known as Dover Athletic qualified in February.

Harry Crawford scored the goal that sent Welling through to the semi final. Picture by Dave Budden