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