Welling held on for a brave away win, their first on the road since Boxing Day. A dramatic last ten minutes saw Welling reduced to 9 men including keeper Dillion Barnes. Connor Dymond replacing him in goal and saving a penalty.
Only 30 seconds had passed when Havant almost took the lead.
A cute ball from Bradley Tarbuck played in Wes Fogden but with just Dillion Barnes to beat he dragged his shot wide.
This seemed to wake The Wings up and they came into the game.
The hardworking Eli Phipps created a chance for himself with a smart spin which but he dragged his effort wide.
Phipps had another half chance shortly after when he connected with a Jack Jebb free kick but he put his header wide.
Welling were the more likely team to score and a mazy run from Jeffrey Monakana saw some space open up for him but he blazed his left footed shot over the cross bar. A great Welling move saw Phipps knock down a Monakana cross to Christian Nanetti but some how Ryan Young kept out his deft flick at the near post with a marvellous save.
The Wings went ahead in the 31st Olumide Durojaiye who had a super game in the middle of midfield was brought down on the edge of the area by Jordan Rose. Up stepped Jack Jebb who curled his free kick into the top corner despite Ryan Young getting a strong hand onto the ball.
Welling held the lead for 9 minutes before Havant equalised. The Wings failed to clear their lines and this allowed Theo Lewis to square for Wes Fogden to tap home from close range.
The scores were level for just 30 + seconds as Welling went straight down the other end and went back in front. Jeffrey Monakana burst of pace took him clear and he pulled the ball back for Jebb who timed his run into the box perfectly and steered his effort into the bottom corner. As Welling went into the half time break in front.
Knowing that Havant who were playing with the slope in their favour would come and attack for long periods, Welling had to look to hit on the counter at any opportunity.
The Wings restricted Havant for the opening 7 minutes of the 2nd half and it took a wild shot 20 yards out from goal by Bradley Tarbuck before Havant could register a shot.
As it was Welling went further ahead on the hour mark with a brilliant counter attack move. Christian Nanetti burst forward with the ball before looking up and squaring to Joe Healy who cooly slotted home.
Havant made a double substitution and ex Crawley striker Matt Tubbs forced Dillon Barnes into a smart save, Wes Fogden looked likely to net the rebound but he could only find the side netting despite most of the ground thinking he had scored.
As he had been doing all game Jason Prior stood in the way of a Dillion Barnes drop kick and the ball smashed into his back but thankfully rolled wide.
Havant continued to pour forward and Lewis headed over when well placed before the crazy last ten minutes ensued.
A long ball into the area saw Jamie Coyle with a desperate lunge trying to prevent Jason Prior scoring foul the former Dartford man and a penalty was awarded. A melee then took place which saw goalkeeper Dillion Barnes sent off after the Havant players surrounded him trying to get the ball off of him. Player Manager Jamie Coyle was also sent off for a 2nd yellow for his foul in the area, somehow though only one Havant player received a yellow card from the melee.
With no sub keeper on the bench Captain Connor Dymond took the goalkeeping duty and wore the jersey and incredibly he pulled off a save from the penalty denying Prior’s penalty as the Wings stand in goal keeper palmed the ball away.
Incredibly 9 man Welling almost added to their lead when Monakana broke away and unselfishly laid the ball into Nanetti but he pulled the ball wide.
Havant were continuing to launch balls into the Welling box and eventually the pressure paid off as they pulled a goal back. A long ball into he box fell kindly to Prior and he tucked his low shot into the corner of the net.
The remaining 3 minutes which probably felt like a life time to every Wings player and supporter saw Havant continue to bombard the Welling goal but the Welling defence bravely stood up to everything that was thrown at them and when Matt Tubbs fired over from range, Welling knew they had held out for a brave three points.
This was appreciated by the travelling Welling supporters who gave their players a well deserved round of applause as they left the pitch and well and truly banished the memories of last Saturday’s cup defeat.
Welling United: Barnes, Dymond, Jefford, Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson, Monakana (Bojaj 90), Healy (Pattisson 84), Phipps E (Francis 90), Jebb, Nanetti. Subs not used: Johnson, Milton.