Hungerford Town 1-4 Welling United

Welling made it back to back away wins this week, with a hard working & deserved win against relegation threatened Hungerford Town. On a very heavy pitch, The Wings toughed it out and in the end could have won by more than the final scoreline.

It was not all plain sailing for The Wings as they fell behind in the 5th minute. A near post corner was met by Ian Herring who powerfully headed past Bailey Vose to put Hungerford in front.

On a pitch that was not conducive to pretty football, Welling had to adapt to the conditions and they rather went route one, but this worked perfectly for the conditions.

A long ball into the area fell kindly to Jack Jebb who almost caught out Keeper Oliver Davies but his half volley just dipped over the bar. However Hungerford kicking down the slope still had plenty of the play with Louie Soares hitting an audacious effort wide from range, before Bailey Vose made a comfortable save diving to his left to gather a Leigh-Gilchrist shot.

Slowly but surely The Wings started to get into stride and they came close in the 28th minute Adam Coombes pealing away from his marker to meet a deep Jack Jebb cross in the area but he could only steer his diving header wide.

However in the 35th minute, The Wings equalised. Joe Healy played a hopeful ball forward that held up nicely for Jamie Philpot and spotting keeper Davies off his line, the Millwall loanee fended off his marker before calming lobbed the keeper with a side foot half volley.

This goal changed the game, Welling now started to dictate the play as Hungerford started to retreat.

Jamie Philpot was fouled on the edge of the area by Ian Herring. From the resulting free kick Adam Coombes hit a thunderous free kick that Davies beat away, the ball was then played into the area only to be half cleared to Joe Healy on the edge of the area but his goal bound effort was deflected wide as the Wings started to get into full stride.

Any Wings fans worried that half time may have come at the wrong time needed not, as Welling started the second half like just as they had finished the the first, on top. Coombes had the first chance just 90 seconds into the half as a loose ball fell kindly to Coombes but he snatched at his effort and was easily saved by Davies.

The Wings did go ahead just a minute later though in the 48th minute. Good harrowing from the Wings attack saw Hungerford lose possession deep in their own half. The ball was played to Durojaiye who whipped in a super cross that was met by a towering Coombes header, his effort smacked against the post and rebounded off the back of the unfortunate Oliver Davies and into the net, which has to go down as an own goal.

In the 53rd minute, Coombes nearly scored the goal of the season. He chested, a long ball into the area, took a touch before acrobatically volleyed an effort goalwards his spectacular effort cannoned off of the bar, it was a touch of class that deserved a goal.

Welling were pushing for a third and Goldberg almost grabbed it when he brought down a long ball in the area but he smashed an effort wide from an acute angle.

However Welling grabbed a deserved 3rd in the 62nd minute. A Jack Jebb free kick was only half cleared and the ball fell to Player Manager Jamie Coyle and he swept his first time effort from the edge of the area into the corner of the net, for a very smart finish.

It was all Welling and they were looking like they would score with every attack, Goldberg was left wondering how he missed, a low ball into looked destined to be heading for the net, but somehow Davies kept out Goldberg’s effort.

But with 16 minutes left to play, Welling added the cherry on the cake. A precise Jack Jebb corner found Jamie Philpot who guided a looping header over Davies to make it 4. It was no more than Jamie Philpot deserved for another super performance.

With 9 minutes to go, Hungerford should have grabbed an additional consolation, a low cross was drilled into the area and some how Louie Soares failed to connect.

Bradley Goldberg kept up his personal duel with Oliver Davies but again Davies somehow kept out Bradley Goldberg with his feet as the hard working striker failed to gain a deserved goal.

It was a super win on a difficult pitch and sets Welling up nicely for a tricky Easter period, the Wings start Easter by entertaining Bath City at Park View Road on Good Friday.

Welling United: Vose, Driver (Dymond 68), Johnson, Durojaiye (Nanetti 87), Okuonghae, Coyle, Jebb, Healy (Hall 77), Goldberg, Coombes, Philpot. Subs not used: None

Attendance: 258

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