Welling United 3-3 Concord Rangers

Having worked so hard to turn around a two goal deficit, The Wings blew a golden opportunity to move up to 2nd in the table as Concord Rangers snatched a draw in the final minute of injury time.

The Wings had over 25 attempts at goal in the game, such was their dominance yet they were punished for conceding such uncharacteristic sloppy goals.

Within 30 seconds The Wings went close, Jeffrey Monakana produced a low cross that found Christian Nanetti at the back post, but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Louis Wells (former Dartford keeper) who was to have an outstanding game in goal.

It was Nanetti v Wells part II as Wells saved a low effort with his legs, in the same passage of play it came back to Jack Jebb but again Wells some how saved. This proved vital as out of nothing with their first venture into the Welling half Concord took the lead in the 9th minute.

Former Welling man Jordan Brown raced past Connor Dymond and cut the ball back for Amos Nasha who calmly side footed past debutant Kitscha in the Welling goal.

A shell shocked Welling tried to rally and Joe Healy rose well but directed a header wide at front post. Goldberg then showed great trickery to get to byline and he cut the ball back but Healy flashed a volley over from close range.

Concord whose game plan was to sit and hit on the counter attack saw Steve Crawley rifle a shot over as The Wings continued to chase the equaliser.

A lovely cross from Nanetti was perfect for Healy and with the goal at his mercy he just misjudged the header and the chance went.

Into the 2nd half and Welling now kicking towards the Road End continued to probe in search of a leveller. It was Nanetti v Wells part 3 and Wells again saved before Nanetti pulled the ball back for Goldberg but he shot wide.

Joe Healy won a free kick twenty yards from goal and Jack Jebb curled the free kick that just failed to dip in time as the effort grazed the bar on the way over.

Jamie Coyle who dropped himself from the starting line up made a double change throwing on two strikers with Tom Bradbrook and Eli Phipps, coming on in place of Jack Jebb and Christian Nanetti.

But no sooner had the strikers been introduced, Concord double the lead. Another former Welling man Ben Greenhalgh beat the offside trap after hitting Welling on the counter attack, Kitscha ran out to block but Greenhalgh just squared to Kyron Farrell who had the simplest of tap in’s to leave Park View Road stunned.

Welling didn’t stop trying though and the inspired Wells saved Concord again as he tipped Eli Phipps’ header over the bar when he looked certain to score.

Finally Wells was beaten by a little bit of magic from Joe Healy. After a deft touch to nutmeg a Concord defender this allowed Healy the shooting opportunity and he smashed an effort past Wells and into the corner.

The Wings almost equalised immediately as Healy fizzed an effort just wide from a corner that was headed out to him.

Concord though almost grabbed a 3rd Greenhalgh burst clear but Kitscha made himself big and produced a good save.

Welling then equalised in the 78th minute Archie Johnson burst down the left before supplying a superb cross that Phipps guided home on the volley.

Now Welling had 12 minutes to find a winner and Jack Parkinson headed over from a Monakana corner. However in the 85th minute Welling produced a remarkable comeback and went ahead. Phipps drove into the box before his fierce effort was deflected in past Wells by Billy Roast and into the corner of the net to send Park View Road wild.

But the celebrations were short lived as in the 93rd minute Kitscha miscued a Connor Dymond back pass that Concord took full advantage of as Khale Da Costa prodded home a deep cross at the 2nd time of asking to break Welling hearts.

The Wings even had time to snatch a late winner, a Monakana corner was flicked on and the ball fell to Tom Bradbrook in the six yard box put he prodded the ball just wide, to leave Welling having to settle for a point from this enthralling game.

The Wings travel to Hemel Hempstead next Saturday.

Welling United: Kitscha, Dymond, Johnson, Durojaiye, Gayle, Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Goldberg (Richards (85), Jebb (Phipps 57), Nanetti (Bradbrook 57). Subs not used: Coyle, Francis.

Attendance 636.

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Pro clubs season ticket discount on Saturday for visit of Concord

With the Wings flying and having won 7 of their last 8 Vanarama National League South matches to push them into the top three, supporters of Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two clubs can come and watch Welling United vs Concord Rangers on Saturday for a tenner on production of their season ticket at the turnstile.

The Wings bounced back from a rare defeat vs Wealdstone by going to fellow promotion chasers St Albans City last Saturday and returning with all three points thanks to goals from Joe Healy and Jack Jebb helping them to a 2-1 win.

The Beachboys arrive from Canvey Island in stubbornly decent form too having not lost in 90 minutes for ten games and they have put behind them a 7 game losing streak early in the season. They hqve drawn their last 7 matches although they did bow out of the FA Cup after extra time vs Woking in one of those games.

Park View Road has two bars on the Welling United side of the ground with numerous HD screens and Sky Sports and BT Sport so it is the perfect place to spend pre match, half time or post match.

Even if you do not have a season ticket for a professional club you can still pay on the day at normal prices. ( £12 Adults, £8 Over 65s, £5 12-17. Free U12s (with an adult) )

Park View Road has over 1000 seats in two covered grandstands, tea bars, two modern bars, the WUSA club shop and there is no better time to come and see the Wings play as a win could see them go top of the league qt 4:445pm on Saturday afternoon as they are just two points behind the league leaders.

ACADEMY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Welling United FC is delighted to announce that it has entered into a Club Partnership with the Rondos Academy. The Rondos Academy provides technical football development of all ages, from U4’s through to U16’s.

On behalf of Rondos, Garry Fiore said that “we are excited at the opportunity of working with Mark Goldberg and his talented team at Welling United FC. We aim to provide local young footballers with an inspirational environment to thrive in, with a potential pathway into the very successful post sixteen Scholarship programme and 1st Team football, as well as exit routes into professional clubs. Our focus will be on the foundation and development phases, U7’s Year 2 to U16’s Year 11 and Pre Academy U4’s, 5’s and 6’s.”

Wings Chairman Mark Goldberg has added ”Securing a relationship with Rondos is an exciting one, the partnership will provide a great platform for the academy in foundation and development phases for many years to come. It will provide a pathway to the successful post 16 Academy led by Director of Football Tristan Lewis”

Academy age group teams will start from the 2018/19 season.

If you would like to register your interest to support the Youth Academy either as a player, coach, administrator or volunteer, please contact us at youthacademy@wellingunited.com

St Albans City 1-2 Welling United

Welling bounced back in superb fashion as they grounded out a fine win away from home. Goals from Joe Healy and Jack Jebb secured The Wings the three points as they moved up to 3rd in the table.

Welling started brightly and Jeffrey Monakana had a shot bravely blocked by Percy Kiangebeni before Christian Nanetti hit a wild volley over the bar after the ball had came out to the winger from a corner.

St Albans started to come into the game and Shaun Lucien showed great trickery to weave his way into the box before he shot wide. Dean Snedker then saved well from Nanetti as Welling continued to search for an opening.

If Welling had come close then St Albans came even closer just minutes later as Lucien played in Layne Eadie but his effort from an acute angle hit the outside of the post and was hacked away by the Wings defence. City captain David Noble then flashed a long range effort wide.

A quick counter attack saw Welling Jack Jebb blaze over as the game opened up. The Wings could and should have gone one up half hour into the game. A super corner from Jebb was met by the unmarked Ian Gayle but he directed his header wide. Solomon Sambou then hit an audacious effort from range which Dillion Barnes had to save at the 2nd attempt after spilling the first effort.

Former Wings man Rhys Murrell-Williamson fired wide from long range as The Wings restricted The Saints into snap shots. The one time they did carve an opening Dillion Barnes was on hand to make a good save denying Charlie Walker with a save down to his left.

With the game heading towards the break goal less, Welling took the lead with a minute of the half remaining. A lovely counter attack move that started with Olu Durojaiye superbly winning a tackle in his own half, the ball was carried forward by Bradley Goldberg who laid the ball into Joe Healy and The Wings top scorer showed great composure to beat Snedker with a lovely finish.

The Wings buoyed by the half time lead started the 2nd half well. Monakana who by his own high standards had a quiet 1st half forced a smart save out of Snedker after just two minutes into the 2nd half.

After this St Albans enjoyed a good spell of poession but without really looking likely to score. Barnes then saved comfortably from a Nouble free kick on the left.

As it turned out clinical Welling doubled their lead in a classic counter attack move. In the 67th minute Sub Eli Phipps stole the ball in the midfield and spotted the run of Jake Jebb the ball was slipped through to the former Sutton man, he took a touch before cooly slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner, as he ran to celebrate with the large travelling Wings support behind the goal.

Welling could have added a 3rd shortly after, a lovely move resulted in Phipps just failing to get on the end of low ball into the box from Archie Johnson.

A shell shocked St Albans tried to rally and Murrell-Williamson saw a goal bound shot bravely blocked as The Wings defence stood firm. The departing Dillion Barnes playing his last game of his loan move then produced the save of the game, keeping out Pinney’s low shot from Banton’s pull back, Barnes remarkably saving the effort with his feet.

St Albans continued to pour forward and Barnes again saved well from Murrell-Williamson. But it was not all one way traffic and after Snedker had a made a hash of a clearance Jeffery Monakana saw the keeper off his line but the City keeper made a stunning save to tip the effort over the bar.

Murrell-Williamson went close after getting the better of Archie Johnson down the Welling left but he poked his effort wide.

With a minute left of time added on St Albans got a consolation when Pinney headed home a Sam Merson cross at the back post.

It mattered not though as Welling secured a fine away win, and bounced back from last week’s defeat.

The Wings return to Park View Road next Saturday when Concord Rangers are the visitors.

Welling United: Barnes, Dymond, Johnson, Durojaiye, Coyle, Gayle, Monakana, Healy (Richards 76), Jebb (Bradbrook 83), Goldberg (Phipps 61), Nanetti. Subs not used: Francis, Joseph-Dubois.

Attendance: 715.

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Welling United 1-2 Wealdstone

The battle of the league’  two in form teams, saw Wealdstone come away victorious as Welling tasted defeat in the league for the first time since August.

Fresh from a six game winning run, Welling started well. A sublime move involong Jeffrey Monakana and Joe Healy, saw Monakana cross low into the box but Tom Bradbrook just missed the ball with an outstretched leg.

Anyone who thought this was the start of one way traffic were mistaken as Wealdstone grew into the game. Daniel Green dragged a shot wide when well placed.

Wealdstone were dictating the play from the midfield and the ball was played out to Dan Green who crossed for Abobaker Eisa but the forward glanced a header wide.

Ian Gayle had a half chance when glancing a teasing Jack Jebb free kick wide, but back came the visitors.

Eisa had an even better chance again from a header, flashing his effort wide when unmarked in the area. With Welling looking to have weathered the visitors attacks, Wealdstone grabbed the lead in the 38th minute. A deep cross from Dan Green evaded everyone but Ryan Sellers who arrived late at the back post to meet the ball on the half volley firing his effort into the ground which Barnes could only parry into the net.

Welling made a change at half time, bringing on Bradley Goldberg for Jebb. Just as The Wings needed a good start to the 2nd half Wealdstone doubled their lead in the 47th minute. A long ball over the top caused problems for The Wings defence, Jack Parkinson seemed to have dealt with the danger but he was adjudged to have fouled Eisa in the process and a penalty was awarded. Dan Green smashed his penalty home.

Now Welling really had to rally and Monakana sent Bradbrook clear, but he poked effort inches wide.

Things went from bad to worse as Ben Jefford was sent off for a tough tackle, that referee Mr Packman wasted no time in brandishing the red card rather than giving himself thinking time before making a decision.

If anything though Welling improved for going down to 10 men. The Wings started to really test keeper Jonathan North and he produced a smart save to deny a Bradbrook header.

With 66 minutes on the clock Welling scored to get back into the game. An excellent Monakana corner was met at the back post by Jack Parkinson that hit the underside of the crossbar and went in.

Welling piled forward in search of an equaliser and they had big claims for a penalty waved away, similar to the one Wealdstone were awarded but after Bradbrook went down the appeals were waved away much to the shock of the home faithful. North then made another good save denying Goldberg with 12 minutes left.

Wealdstone were now looking to soak up the Welling attacks before pouncing on the counter attack. Stephane Ngamvoulou done really well to create shooting space but blazed his effort horribly wide.

Joe Healy blazed over the bar as Welling’s attacks became limited towards the end.

It was Wealdstone who nearly added a third in injury time, Dan Fitchett hit the post with a low effort as Wealdstone ended Welling’s 6 game winning run.

The Wings will look to get back to winning ways next Saturday as they travel to St Albans.

Welling United: Barnes, Gayle (Phipps 83), Jefford, Durojaiye, Coyle, Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Bradbrook, Jebb (Goldberg 46), Richards (Nanetti 66). Subs not used: Johnson, Francis.

Attendance: 666

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Meet the manager evening

WUSA have arranged a meet the manager night on Wednesday 22nd November with Jamie Coyle and Jack Parkinson available to ask whatever questions you may have.

Entry will be free to all and the evening starts at 7:30pm in the Wings bar.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

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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Jack Richards signs on loan from Maidstone United

Jamie Coyle has signed highly rated young winger Jack Richards on loan from Maidstone United. Richards has featured in the Stones first team and came through the academy at the Gallagher. Richards goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s trip to play Gloucester City in Evesham.

Moving away from Park View Road is Christie Pattison who has signed on loan at his previous club Phoenix Sports.

Wings boss Coyle spoke to the official site early to talk on both moves. “I am really pleased that Jack has signed on loan from Maidstone, he came through my academy team at Maidstone last season and has done well already this season playing and scoring in the first team. He has the ability to beat players and has fantastic delivery from wide areas. He adds even more quality to what we already have in our squad. Moving in the other direction is Christie Pattison who has joined his old club Phoenix for a month to get some match fitness and game time”

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