Welling produced an impressive display to beat play off chasing Braintree Town at Park View Road.In the process this victory, was Welling’s third victory on the spin.
Welling started with plenty of impetus and really took the game to Braintree. Joe Healy fired over an early chance after Christian Nanetti’s cross fell to him on the edge of the area.
Bradley Goldberg was next to go close a Jack Parkinson free kick was played into the area, the free kick was flicked on by Anthony Acheampong, but Goldberg was unable to keep his lobbed effort down and the ball went over.
Another half chance came Welling’s way when Nanetti hit a fierce half volley over the bar.
In the 27th minute the shape of the game changed. There was very little evidence of any friction between the sides but Ricky Gabriel threw an arm towards Callum Driver after the Wings right back had made a challenge on the Irons player. Referee Jason Richardson took his time before showing Gabriel a red card. Callum Driver was booked for his part in the melee that insued.
The Wings now with a numerical advantage pushed on and a super cross from the impressive Driver picked out Olumide Durojaiye but he headed wide.
The Wings then saw a golden opportunity come and go, Bradley Goldberg drove into the box before picking out Joe Healy his low effort was heading in but Christian Frimpong blocked the goal bound effort.
Having not been in the constant, Braintree went close in first half injury time, Phil Roberts seeing Miles slightly off his line curled an effort just over the bar.
The 2nd half continued with Welling doing all the pressing but without causing to many problems to the Braintree defence.
However in the 60th minute, Welling got the break through they deserved. A smart move between Goldberg and Joe Healy saw, Healy fouled by Joe Ellul.
The free kick, 25 yards out was Callum Driver territory and he expertly curled his free kick past Nathan McDonald who despite getting a hand to the ball could not keep the ball out.
Jonathan Miles then had to be alert to keep out a Roberts’ shot at his near post.
However it was Welling who always looked the more likely of adding to their tally. McDonald did well to tip over Tom Bradbrook’s close range header however Welling scored from the resulting corner. Jeffrey Monakana played the corner to Christian Nanetti who whipped in a fierce cross that Nathan McDonald flapped with his attempted punch, the ball fell kindly to Anthony Acheampong who expertly tapped home, much to the delight of his team mates.
Welling now sensed more goals and Bradbrook saw a header saved by McDonald from close range. However in the 77th minute Welling wrapped up the game with the best goal of the match and certainly a goal of the month contender. A ball was played into Tom Bradbrook who took a touch before playing the ball back to Jack Jebb. Jebb spotted McDonald slightly off his line and went for goal, stunningly curling the ball from 25 yards out over McDonald and into the top corner.
Braintree had a late chance of a consolation but a low Roberts effort was comfortably saved by Miles.
The Wings saw the game out with ease to record the impressive win. They now face an enforced break due to Wealdstone’s FA Trophy commitment.
Welling are next in action at home to Gloucester City on Saturday 10th February.
Welling gained back to back wins as they inflicted the first league double of the season over Poole Town. A Bradley Goldberg double help inspire Welling to come from behind to take all three points.
With the match only on after hard work from the Poole groundstaff, although the boggy nature of the pitch meant it was going to be a battle throughout and that is how it turned out.
Welling went ahead in just the 4th minute with the first attack of the game. A first time delivery by Jeffrey Monakana into the area was not dealt with and the ball found the on rushing Harley Willard who slotted home a side footed finish under the legs of Hutchings to give Welling a dream start.
This seemed to spark Poole into life and they should have been level immediately. Jez Bedford produced a cross that found Carl Pettefer who looked certain to score but he could only glance his header wide from close range.
However Poole were level with their next attack. 12 minutes had passed when Bedford played a clever ball to Brooks, who twisted and turned in the the area and made space for the shot before finishing low past Jonathan Miles.
From being ahead Welling then found themselves behind within a matter of minutes. Welling had possession from a corner but the corner was cleared and allowed Poole to quickly counter attack. Mohammed Baghdadi burst away and with Archie Johnson trying to get across to clear the danger he failed to prevent the ball finding Warren Bentley who burst clear. Bentley showed great composure and slotted past Miles, to turn the game on its head.
The Wings looked shell shocked and it almost got worse for them. Miles pushed a Bedford free kick onto the bar the rebound came back out to Baghdadi and his low shot was heading in through a crowd of players but Miles made a super reaction save to deny a 3rd.
Welling survived the scare and they started to improve and play there way back into the game.
Monakana was unlucky as he had a fierce shot that was heading in deflected wide for a corner. The Wings went even closer shortly after Bradley Goldberg created space for a shot but his low effort was heading in but Nick Hutchings produced a stunning save to tip the ball around the post as Welling showed signs of getting back into the game.
Into the 2nd half Welling were now kicking towards the end that was of most concern to match officials with the ground very boggy. But Welling played the conditions superbly. It took Welling 11 minutes to get back into the game.
A ball was played to Callum Driver who drove into the box before crudely being fouled by Matt Neale on the byline and a penalty was given. Bradley Goldberg slotted the penalty home to restore parity.
The Wings started to assert themselves on the game and they went ahead in the 65th minute. Joe Healy played the ball sideways to Archie Johnson who played a cracking defence splitting ball to Bradley Goldberg. The Wings striker beat the offside trap and raced clear he took a touch before curling the ball beyond Hutchings and celebrated with the travelling fans.
Goldberg almost put the game beyond doubt and almost completed his hat trick. Connor Dymond played a clever ball through to Goldberg but this time Hutchings tipped his fierce effort over the bar.
Welling had to endure a couple of late corners as Poole tried to grab an unlikely point. Will Spetch did head over a Bedford cross, but the header was never troubling Miles in the Welling goal.
The Wings held on for the vital three points a win that was dedicated to Club President Eric Brakstone who sadly passed away last Saturday.
After the sad passing of our club president Eric Brackstone we can now pass on details of Eric’s funeral.
The service will be held on Monday 19th February 2018 at 11.00 am at Eltham Crematorium (Falconwood) and afterwards back at Welling United FC. Friends and supporters are more than welcome to attend. Floral tributes from immediate family only. If anyone wishes to make a donation to charity, these will be chosen at a later date. Although donations would be welcome, the family want to stress the importance and appreciation of Erics friends in attendance to celebrate his life and the love he gave to so many of us
Welling United are deeply saddened to report the passing of our club president, Eric Brackstone.
Eric was Mr Welling United in so many ways, a cheerful and colourful character who has supported the club for a number of decades.
He always had time to talk to players, supporters and officials, who all enjoyed his great sense of humour and love of the game. Those who spent time in his company never had a bad word to say about him.
Perhaps the greatest tribute was how well liked he was throughout non-league circles, and when unable to attend away matches in recent seasons most clubs would ask about Eric’s wellbeing.
Whether by his sponsorship of the club through Bettabuys or his brilliant Mr Taxman song recorded to celebrate the club’s financial rescue in 2010, Eric was always at the heart of everything Welling.
Welling club secretary Barrie Hobbins, who has known Eric for over 40 years, said: “Eric was a wonderful supporter of the club over the years and he will be truly missed by everyone at the football club.”
Barry Hobbins, operations manager, added: “Eric was not only the club’s president but a family friend. I will never forget the times spent with Eric on the coach and especially at the league’s end of season presentation where there have been so many laughs. Eric was a true one-off and a great man.”
Welling chairman Mark Goldberg said: “We are so grateful for all of Eric’s monumental support and contribution to the club over so many years and we will miss him dearly.
“He will always be remembered as a great ambassador for our club, a mentor and dear friend.”
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
In what has been a difficult week off the pitch, Welling United claimed a vital victory to stop the winless run of seven league games.
With Hugo Langton departing this week, Jamie Coyle dropped himself to the bench in order to rule over the side more from the touchline. Part of the title winning squad Antony Acheampong came back to the club and his presence in defence was an added addition and gave some organisation to the back line.
In goal, which has proven a problem all season, Jonathan Miles became the sixth starting goalkeeper, joining on loan from Ebbsfleet United.
Welling started brightly and Tom Bradbrook went close early on, making space for the shot before curling his effort straight into the arms of Mark Smith.
Welling went ahead with just nine minutes on the clock. Goldberg weaved his way into the box before running into the trouble, the ball was only half cleared to Olu Durojaiye on the edge of the area. The midfielder took a touch before rifling home a strike that Smith could only parry into the net. It was just the start The Wings needed.
A teasing corner was inches from the head of Elliott Romain as the Wings pressed on for a 2nd.
Eastbourne who had not been in the game for long periods started to see more of the ball as Welling failed to build on the 1st goal but the nearest they came was when Torres curled an audacious effort over the bar from long range. As it was with just two minutes left of the 1st half, Welling had an effort cleared off the line. Bradbrook hit a fierce half volley goalwards that looked to be heading in only for Will Hendon to bravely head the ball which was travelling at some speed off the line. As Welling took a deserved lead into half time.
With Welling now kicking up towards the Park End in the 2nd half, the game was slow to get going, Welling mustering a few chances through corners and Eastbourne not threatening at all.
There was a long delay in play as Callum Driver and Yemi Obudabe clashed heads from a free kick both players had to be replaced but both players managed to walk off the pitch which was good to see. Harley Willard replacing Callum Driver for Welling.
Welling did look more of a threat from set pieces than in recent games and Jack Parkinson almost guided a Goldberg corner into the net, but his effort went over.
Harley Willard nearly made an instant impact driving into the Borough box before shooting wide of the post.
Welling doubled their lead in the 79th minute. Elliot Romain who did not stop running all game epitomised his performance with the 2nd goal, he ran down a back pass by Harry Ransom making keeper Mark Smith hurry his kick which he inadvertently kicked into the back of Romain as the ball trickled into the net. It was just rewards for Romain.
The goal well and truly beat off any hope Eastbourne had of getting back into the game. December’s play of the month Jack Jebb came on in place of Bradley Goldberg and he instantly brought out a save in Mark Smith with a smart save at his near post.
With Seven minutes off injury time added, in the 4th minute of time added on, Ian Simpemba crudely fouled Romain as he brushed past him. From the resulting free kick Jebb delivered an accurate free kick that found Elliot Romain who headed past Smith to cap a fine display and deservedly he won the man of the match award. If this was to be Romain’s last game before his loan deal is up, The Wings management will need to find a replacement for his work rate and goals which have been a bright spark in the poor recent run.
The Wings have an enforced break now with the next game a long trip South to Poole Town on Saturday 20th January.
We spoke to Manager Jamie Coyle and Director of Football Tristan Lewis at training this evening where it was announced that Assistant Manager Hugo Langton had left the club and some players had departed or been made available to leave, the Manager announced two new signings also.
Chairman Mark Goldberg added “I continue to support Jamie Coyle as Manager. I have however addressed the fact that our budget has been increased recently and because of recent results we need to revert to our original budget to ensure we put the club on a more sustainable route forward financially.
Two players will also go out on loan in order to make way for two new additions to the team in order to maintain our sights on possible play off places as a goal for the remainder of the season.
We are sorry to lose Hugo Langton and any of our players as a result of this budget cut but thank them for their good contribution to date and wish them well for their future in the game“
Watch the interviews with Jamie Coyle and Tristan Lewis below.
Jamie Coyle and his management team must be cursing the decision back in the Summer to let Alfie Pavey join Dartford. For the 2nd time in a week the striker came back to haunt Welling this time with a brace and his 18th of the campaign.
Welling started quite brightly seeing a lot of the ball and a half chance from Jamie Coyle saw him blaze over from outside the area. Slowly Dartford started to get into stride and they took the lead in the 19th minute. Ryan Hayes was allowed to run a long way before firing an effort that took a deflection on its way past the helpless Ryan Sandford.
Welling though deservedly got back into the game just five minutes later. Christian Nanetti stood a cross up to the back post where the very impressive Elliot Romain headed home.
A super save from Ryan Sandford helped Welling stay level as he pushed away an effort from Pugh as he seemed certain to score.
Dartford did get back in front in the 39th minute. A ball from Ryan Hayes carved the Welling backline completely open, this allowed Danny Harris to pull the ball back to Andy Pugh who slotted past Sandford, it was a carbon copy goal that Pugh scored at PVR on Boxing Day.
It could and should have been 3-1 just before Half Time. Danny Mills heading wide from another Ryan Hayes cross.
As it was Welling almost grabbed an equaliser in added on time of the 1st half. Connor Dymond saw a shot cleared off the line by Ronnie Vint.
The Wings used this strong finish as a springboard to start the 2nd half brightly. A thunderbolt from Joe Healy was tipped over the bar by Keeper Ibrahim the effort was heading into the corner of the net.
Sandford then had to be on top form to deny Danny Mills as he some how kept out his low effort that appeared to be heading in.
Welling then missed a golden opportunity, Bradbrook beat the offside trap to run onto a long ball, he reached the ball before keeper Ibrahim and managed to round him, before delaying his shot. Bradbrook played the ball to Romain but he too delayed on the ball before Vint was on hand to clear the danger.
Vint was in the thick of things once again as a loose ball came out to Joe Healy on the edge of the area but Vint bravely threw himself at the ball and deflected the goal bound shot wide.
Just as they did on Boxing Day Dartford brought on Alfie Pavey with twenty minutes to go and it took him just 3 minutes to show Welling what they are missing. A deep corner from Elliott Bradbrook was headed back into the area and Pavey was on hand to score a poachers goal from close range to effectively seal the game.
The game was then put beyond any doubt in the 78th minute, Pavey was played through beat the offside trap and slotted under the body of Sandford.
Dartford nearly made it 5-1 but Sandford pulled a smart save to deny the table toppers.
The result compounded a miserable Festive Period for Welling who are now in a real slump of form having gone 8 games without a victory and facing a real battle to keep the season alive.