Lewis leaves Welling

Welling United’s Director of Football, Tristan Lewis, will not be continuing in this role next season and has left the Club.

We wish to place on record our thanks to Tristan for all his hard work over the past 2 years. He formed a thriving Academy structure and achieved great success with our Youth Team during its first season, before now passing over the Academy operation to Garry Fiore and Brett Smith. Aside from this, he worked with Harry Wheeler as a joint caretaker manager and then finished off the season with Alex Dyer to ensure we kept our National League South status in 2016/17.
He then went on this season to make a significant contribution in the dug out in support of Jamie Coyle and Jack Parkinson and leaves the Club in a top ten position.

We wish him all the best and every success in his future career.

Club Statement

Welling United FC and Jamie Coyle have agreed for Jamie to part company as manager.
The club wishes to place on record its gratitude to Jamie for his efforts this past season especially for helping us to provide a stable base for the club to move forward from and he leaves his post with our best wishes for the future. Jamie will remain involved as Head of Education within our new academy.

Wings manager speaks after Chippenham defeat

After a frustrating defeat at Chippenham Town Jamie Coyle said “I think we actually played really well in spells. From the defensive third to the midfield third, I think we did really well.

“We moved the ball quickly, we got up the pitch well, we got bodies forward, but again it kind of summarises our last month of the season. We are not creating enough in the final third. With all due respect to them, we’ve played against a team in the bottom half and the keeper hasn’t had to make a save.

“It’s clear where me need to look. It’s not just the forward players. It’s the service into them as well but to play against a team where we’ve had seventy-eighty percent possession today, to not turn it into a clear chance, we need to improve.

“The good thing is today, that I have taken myself out of the team and I’ve seen it from the side and you get a different perspective.

“It’s so clear. It’s glaringly obvious where we need to improve and we can do that. We’ve got the players that are already lined up, that want to come in and improve what we’ve already got. Today we’ve moved the ball well and kept really good possession, probably the best we’ve been all season in terms of having possession but we haven’t created any chances so it’s something we need to address, especially in pre-season.”

“That was one of (Ben) Jefford’s best games for a long time. I thought that he did really well today. I know that he played at centre half for Welling in the National League when he was here previously, but I thought he did really well today and was one of our better players on the pitch. He’s done really well.

“Archie (Johnson) again was solid after not having played for a while and he’s come in today and done well. Archie’s a youngster and he’s got a future at the club. His attitude has been fantastic from start to finish.  

“Whether or not he’s going to be involved in starting next year or we look at dual reg next year., we’re looking at a couple of youngsters who’ve done really well this season that might come in and we may have to look at dual reging at a decent level. That’s the way that we are looking in terms of developing players for the future.

“The decision has been made on the majority of players on who’s going to stay and who’s going to go.We sat down and we wrote down the players that are actually ours and the players that we are going to keep. We’ll have a nucleus of seven or eight that are going to stay. Jamie Philpot’s on loan, Bailey Vose is on loan, Mags (Magnus Okuonghae) is on loan.

“If you write down who we’ve actually got in the squad, there aren’t many and we have been thin on the ground in terms of our squad size this year and that’s something next year that we have to improve on, whether it’s youngsters around the place because it helps with training and it helps with competing on match days.

“Joe (Healy)’s going to call it a day. I’m working on taking him out for as many dinners and coffees as I possibly can to try and change his mind but he has family commitments and work.

Dymond and Jebb sign on for 2018/19

Wings manager Jamie Coyle has wasted no time in lining up his squad for the 2018/19 season by securing the services of midfield duo Connor Dymond and Jack Jebb on one-year deals.

Combative midfielder Dymond joined The Wings from neighbours Bromley last pre-season before going on to make over 35 appearances and quickly became a fans’ favourite with his no-nonsense displays.

Coyle moved to bring in former Sutton man Jebb after a slow start to the 2017/18 campaign and the midfielder instantly caught the after creating two goals on his home debut before racking up over 30 appearances and scoring five goals.

Chippenham Town 1-0 Welling United

After falling out of play off contention on Tuesday, Welling failed the season with a win after losing to mid table Chippenham on the final day of the season.

Chippenham, who boast excellent home form, started well as Matt Smith hit an effort from outside the area well over within the opening minute.

Bradley Goldberg likewise put an effort over for Welling’s first chance of the game.

Jake Jackson should have done better after beating the offside trap and racing clear but he dragged his effort wide.

Jon Beeden’s put a header over the bar after he met an Andy Sandell cross.

Jamie Philpot held up the ball for Jack Jebb but he lacked composure and blasted over.

In the 18th minute Chippenham took the lead. They caught the Wings defence cold and hit them on the counter attack. A long ball sent Smith clear he then found Jake Jackson before he in turn played the ball to Sandell who smartly slotted past Vose.

They nearly doubled the lead soon after, Michael Jones shooting straight at Vose.

Jamie Philpot got on the end of a clever flick on from Jack Parkinson but Philly’s diving header was well saved by Jared Thompson.

Beeden hit a first time volley that went wide.

Jebb curled an effort just wide, before Chippenham went close right on half time.

Beeden having his goal bound effort bravely blocked by Jefford.

Into the 2nd half and nice play saw Philpot find Healy who played in Goldberg. His effort seemed destined to go in but Thompson made a brilliant save to deny him.

Welling were playing their best football of the match and Jebb crossed for Philpot but he headed over.

In a game which was played with an end of season feel to it, uncharacteristically came to light in the 70th minute. John Beeden and Callum Driver challenged for a 50-50 ball but Beeden appeared to kick out. The referee decided to show a straight red card to Beeden.

However Welling struggled to adapt and Chippenham looked to hit them on the break at every opportunity.

With the game close to its conclusion Robbie Patten played in Smith but Bailey Vose stood tall and saved well with his foot to deny Chippenham.

With that came the final whistle and a 10th place finish for Welling.

After the game Manager Jamie Coyle thanked his players, staff and fans for their efforts this season but admitted they just came up short in the quest for play offs. Something the Coyle and his team will be looking to rectify come August .

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Johnson, Parkinson, Okuonghae, Jefford, Durojaiye (Nanetti 86), Healy, Goldberg (Milton 59), Philpot (Coombes 59), Jebb. Subs not used: Hall, Coyle.

Exciting new media partnership

Welling United FC and Your Instant Replay are set to embark upon an exciting media partnership for 2018/2019 season.

Established in 2016, Your Instant Replay are a team of industry professionals who provide exceptional filming, media and performance analysis services to football clubs throughout the non-league and women’s pyramid, from grassroots to the Vanarama National League and FA Women’s Premier League.

Your Instant Replay is set to film all Welling United FC home matches matches alongside sharing the footage filmed by our opponents when we play away fixtures, providing an extensive matchday highlights package via a new designated online YouTube channel ‘Welling United TV’. Fans shall have even greater opportunity to gain ‘behind the scenes’ access at Park View Road with pre and post-match interviews with players and coaching staff, as well as analysis for upcoming fixtures.

Welling United 0-2 Bath City

Welling’s play off hopes ended on Tuesday night with a home defeat to Bath City. It was a below par performance from Welling and handed Bath who had little to play for, a very comfortable three points.

Needing the win to stand any chance of getting into the play offs Jamie Philpot saw a shot from range saved within the first 30 seconds, but any Wings fans hoping that this would set the tone for the rest of the game were wrong.

Welling sat back and allowed Bath to dictate the game, Miles Welch-Hayes was allowed to run half the length of the pitch unchallenged before shooting straight at Bailey Vose

Welch-Hayes missed an even better chance shortly after as he met​ Matt Richards’ corner​ at the near post but he could only direct his header just wide

​Andy Watkins then went close for Bath as they pressed again, looking like the side going in search of the play offs and not Welling.​

In a rare chance for Welling, a Ryan Hall corner was not dealt with by Southwood, but Magnus could only head the loose ball straight into the keepers arms.

​The Wings had Jamie​ Philpot​ to thank just before half time as he blocked a goal bound effort from a corner which had bounced around in the area​.

​Having got in level at the break and needing the win ​Welling ​sent on Joe Healy and Adam Coombes for​ Connor​ Dymond and Jack Jebb. ​But the change did nothing to stop the onslaught and eventually Bath took a deserved lead.​

​Just ​three minutes into the second half​ had passed​, Bradley Goldbberg lost the ball cheaply in a crucial area of the pitch, this enabled Bath to break, Tom Smith ​charged forward before slipping the ball to Antoine Semenyo ​who finished well past Vose.

​Hall then produced an excellent cross that just alluded Philpot, before a ball over the Bath defence saw Goldberg control but snatch his shot well wide, as Welling really struggled to find any rhythm.

​On the hour mark Bath scored thier 2nd of the game, James Morton ​was allowed to run without a single challenge before ​slipping the ball to Smith who​ timed his run and produced a smart finsih past Vose.

​Now needing three goals Welling did throw more players forward and ​Healy​ almost hooked the ball over the advancing Southwood but the keeper stood tall and saved well.​

Coombes ​then produced some great control to set himself before firing his snap shot wide. But Bath were looking to hit Welling on the break and they should have had a 3rd in the 70th minute Welch-Hayes ​sent Smith clear but this time he fired wide.

With Welling now sending long balls into the attack,​Coombes​ did well to control another long ball but this time he could only fire straight at Southwood​

​But Bath came the closest to adding to the scoreline with 5 minutes to go ​Vose​ pulling off a good save to keep out the impressive Smith.​

​The final whistle went and with it ended Welling’s play off dreams for the season and despite this being a step forward on last season, the management team may well look back on this season with a tinge of what might have been.

The Wings finish the campaign away at Chippenham Town on Saturday

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Attendance 365​

Welling United: Vose, Driver (Nanetti 76), Hall, Parkinson, Okuonghae, Coyle, Dymond (Healy 46), Durojaiye, Philpot, Goldberg, Jebb (Coombes 46). Subs not used: Jefford, Johnson.

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Welling United 3-1 Weston Super Mare

Welling comfortably dispatched Weston Super Mare on a unseasonably warm April Saturday as the season drew ever close to its conclusion.

In truth the game had an end of season feel to it, with Weston comfortable in mid table and The Wings hoping for more than a few favours from other sides in order to achieve an unlikely play off position.

Perhaps this lack of pressure helped Welling take off the shackles and they played some nice football, which had deserted them for much of the April.

The Wings started brightly and after a couple of half chances they were rewarded with an early lead. In the 8th minute a quickly taken throw in caught the Weston defence napping. Jamie Philpot drove into the box before the ball fell kindly to Olu Durojaiye who bundled the ball home from close range, his 2nd goal in as many games.

Welling almost grabbed an immediate 2nd but Callum Driver hit a fierce effort just wide.

The Wings continued to press and a deep cross found Ryan Hall at the back post but he could only steer his half volley wide.

Welling should have doubled their lead in the 20th minute, a quick counter attack found Jamie Philpot, the striker was clean through but he tried to catch Luke Purnell out with a dink finish but he scuffed his effort right into the arms of the grateful keeper.

Two minutes later Welling hit the post. An audacious over head effort from Bradley Goldberg smashed against the post for Weston to clear for a corner.

From the resulting corner, Welling did double their lead. A neat post corner from Ryan Hall was met by a powerful Jack Parkinson header who steered his effort home.

Weston looking for a way back into the game had a penalty appeal turned down after Danny Greenslade went down in the area only to be booked for simulation.

A clever free kick from Ryan Hall almost caught Luke Purnell out at his near post but the keeper got finger tips to push the effort around the post.

Welling were on top and playing some fine football. A smart move involving Jebb and Hall saw the ball played into Goldberg but his fierce half volley was fantastically pushed over the bar by Purnell.

In a rare Weston attack Jarrod Welch forced a save out of Bailey Vose. But Welling went in ahead at the break.

At the break, Adam Coombes made a welcome return from injury as he replaced Connor Dymond.

The striker was in the thick of things straight away and he got in behind the Weston defence but his effort hit a covering defender.

Most of the Weston attacks were coming through Jarrod Welch and he hit an effort from range, which took a nasty bobble that Vose gathered at the 2nd attempt.

The game was becoming more stretched as Weston came more into the game.

So it was no surprise when they scored in the 55th minute and the danger man Welch got his goal. Welch hitting a super half volley from outside the area that left Vose no chance.

However within a minute, Welling established their two goal lead. Coombes played a clever ball through to Jebb. The Weston players appealed for a handball in the build up, but Jebb cooly slotted under the legs of Purnell as Welling added a 3rd.

On the hour mark Bradley Goldberg this time hit the crossbar, his deft volley hit the bar from just outside the area.

The game after this point started to settle down, as the heat kicked in. Jarrod Welch hitting a free kick effort over the bar and out of the ground and half way up Welling High Street.

The unfortunate Bradley Goldberg, came close again. As Welling broke on the counter attack from a corner, Callum Driver drove at pace before playing the ball into Goldberg. He took a touch blazing an effort just wide.

With substitutes galore for both sides, the game was void of chances until the 89th minute but Jarrod Welch hit a free kick wide as Welling ran out comfortable winners.

The Wings now face Bath City in their final home game of the season on Tuesday before finishing the season away at Chippenham Town next week.
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Attendance: 491


Whitehawk 2-1 Welling United

Welling slumped to a bad defeat against relegation strugglers Whitehawk to leave their play offs aspirations in tatters and hanging by the tiniest of threads.

Coming into this crucial game both teams had something to play for, but in truth only one team wanted to play for it.

Just 2 minutes were on the clock when Welling almost grabbed the lead. Jack Jebb slipped a clever ball into Durojaiye but his first time effort was well saved by Wilks.

Whitehawk soon came into the game and Bailey Vose had to be out smart to smoother the ball from the advancing Lloyd Macklin.

With 8 minutes gone, referee James Durkin made a big call. Jack Jebb got on the end of a long ball, this ball tempted Wilks out of his goal and the area. Jebb went to lob the advancing keeper but Wilks appeared to handle the effort but referee Durkin waved away the strong appeals.

In a lively start, Whitehawk missed a glorious chance as Macklin almost took advantage of some sloppy defending but he shot wide in the box.

A frenetic opening quarter was summed up in one moment, at one end Philpot went close but his goal bound lob went just wide of the post. Whitehawk then broke straight away and Mendy missed a glorious chance shooting straight at Vose.

However in the 18th minute Whitehawk took the lead. Welling showed their defensive frailties as L’Gual was allowed to ghost into the area to cross for former Welling player Lloyd Macklin to simply slot past Vose, a feat he never achieved when in a Welling shirt earlier in the season.

This goal rocked Welling and L’Ghoul was causing Welling all sorts of problems, he almost made it 2, but flashed his effort just wide.

Healy almost dug an equaliser out for Welling but he struck his fiercely struck volley straight at Wilks in the 27th minute.

Welling were being restricted to half chances and Dymond shot an effort straight at Wilks after a clever lay off from Durojaiye.

The game quietened down until the the 43rd minute, when Whitehawk were reduced to 10 men.

Gold Otomayo was adjudged to have stamped on Connor Dymond by referee James Durkin and was shown a straight red card.

With Welling heading into the 2nd half with a numerical advantage player wise they needed a good start and they got just.

In the 48th minute a Jack Jebb free kick was only half cleared by keeper Wilks and his punch found Olu Durojaiye who smashed the ball home on the half volley from the edge of the area.

But any Wings fans hoping Welling would go on and stamp their mark on the game were to be disappointed. The game ebbed and flowed for a long period without any side really being able to create a clear chance.

As the game drifted on Welling started to create more clear cut chances. Jebb curled a tame effort straight at Wilks. However the game changed when Tom Bradbrook missed the chance of the game.
Goldberg cut the ball back to Bradbrook and with the goal at his mercy, the striker scuffed his effort wide, it was a glorious chance that went begging.

That chance proved even more costly just three minutes later. In the 73rd minute not for the first time this season, Welling failed to defend a deep corner which was met at the back post by Elliot Benyon who scored with his first touch to send the noisy Whitehawk fans delirious.

It almost got worse for Welling as Pinney burst down on goal but Vose saved well with his feet. With the game drifting away from a lacklustre Welling, Bradbrook headed wide at the back post, however the linesman flag would have ruled the goal out.

Welling’s afternoon was summed up in the last minute of injury time as Tom Bradbrook was shown a straight red card for a crude challenge on L’Ghoul.

The result now leaves Welling with a huge uphill task to reach the play offs.

Welling return to PVR for the penultimate home game of the season against Weston Super Mare next Saturday.


Attendance: 294