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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