Welling picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, with an entertaining 3-2 win. The victory was not without a scare though after cruising into a three goal lead inside 20 minutes, The Wings allowed a hard working Hungerford a way back into the game, but Welling held on for a confidence boosting and deserved 3 points.
Having signed in the week from Sutton United Jack Jebb and Jeffrey Monakana went straight into the starting line up and it was midfielder Jack Jebb who was to have a major impact on this game.
The visiting side from Berkshire started brightly, Stefan Brown maybe should have done better with a scuffed effort that Dillon Barnes saved well.
James Clarke then had a chance that Ben Jefford did well to clear, so it was somewhat against the run of play when Welling took the lead in the 4th minute.
A superb free kick from Jebb, was inch perfect for player-manager Jamie Coyle, who planted his header beyond Lewis Ward for his fourth goal, which put him joint top scorer in the league.
Hungerford didn’t seem rattled by going behind and Warren Bentley produced an excellent cross that Louie Soares headed just wide from close range.
The Wings made the visitors pay for that miss as in the 15th minute Welling doubled the lead. Bradley Goldberg picked up a sloppy pass, before taking a touch and hitting a low effort from 20 yards out that just skipped off the PVR turf and over the dive of Ward, nestling into the bottom left corner of the net.
The Wings soon added a 3rd, Jack Jebb’s set pieces were a delight to watch and in the 19th minute he whipped in a corner which was met at the near post for Tom Bradbrook to expertly head home into the top corner.
The Wings looked in control until the 29th minute. The Wings were caught too narrow on the left hand side and a cross from the left was met by Stefan Brown, whilst Barnes made a super reaction save from Brown’s header Louie Soares was on hand to smash home the rebound.
The goal didn’t seem to rattle Welling and another Jebb delivery was met this by Gayle in an identical move to the 3rd goal, but his header flashed wide. The Wings were dealt a blow though when Tom Bradbrook pulled up with a groin injury and was replaced by Lloyd Macklin who signed in the week.
The lively Stefan Brown saw an effort tipped over by Barnes, but Welling should have added a 4th soon after. A clever flick on by Goldberg sent Macklin away but he rather snatched at his effort and put it wide of the post.
But Hungerford ended the half strongly as Barnes saved a low Warren Bentley shot right on the half time whistle.
Hungerford started the 2nd half just a brightly as they finished the 1st with Soares curling an effort wide. Welling though could have wrapped the game up shortly after the break. An insightful flick from Jack Jebb played in Bradley Goldberg but he could only shoot straight at Lewis Ward in the Hungerford goal.
This miss seemed to effect Welling and galvanise the visitors as they pushed forward Rhys Tyler hitting an audacious effort over the bar before Barnes saved a Bentley free kick.
Welling were not seeing much of the ball but they did nearly finish the game off on the counter attack. From an acute angle Goldberg forced a smart save from Ward with an effort that was heading in.
But Hungerford who had made a triple substitution to try and claw the game back saw a Bentley shot bravely scrambled away by the Welling defence. However the Hungerford siege on the Welling goal did pay off in the 90th minute as a ball over the Welling defence saw Hopper calmly finish past Barnes to set up a nervy final 4 minutes injury time.
But it was Welling who nearly added to their score as Macklin curled an effort just wide of the post.
The Wings players punched the air in delight on the referees Full Time whistle after recording the first win of the season and making it unbeaten in three games.
Welling now have a week off before the Bank Holiday weekend sees them travel to Oxford City on Saturday and play host to Hampton on Bank Holiday Monday.
Welling United: Barnes, Gayle, Jefford, Dymond, Coyle, Parkinson, Jebb (Nanetti 80), Healy, Bradbrook (Macklin 38), Goldberg, Monakana (Durojaiye 68). Subs not used: Pattisson Francis.