Eastbourne Borough 7-3 Welling United

For 80 minutes, this was a competitive game of football, in which the game could have been won by either side. However the final ten minutes was collapse not seen by a Welling side for many a year. 

Having managed to come from behind no less than 3 times in the game, Welling managed to succumb to 4 goals in the last ten minutes inflicting a heavy defeat.

Once again their was a shake up in defence with both Matt Fish and Sean Francis ruled out with injuries, Wings brought in new signing Jake Phillips at right back.

Just five minutes had gone when the hosts took the lead. A Gavin McCallum cross was missed by the Welling defence and Nathaniel Pinney had all the time in the world to take a touch and smash the ball home.

This gave Eastbourne the confidence to go and try extend their lead and Pinney brought a smart save from Chris Lewington

Pinney then missed another chance after just failing to connect with another McCallum cross.

As it was Welling took advantage of some slack defending and equalised in the 20th minute. Twice Eastbourne tried to clear their lines and on the 2nd attempt the ball fell kindly to Dan Walker who smashed the ball home.

However it was Eastbourne who the regained the lead in the 39th minute, Jamie Taylor skipped down the right and fired a low cross for Gavin McCallum who had all the time in the world to slot home at the back post.

The game was levelled immediately though in the 41st minute. Danny Waldren bravely heading home a Dan Walker cross at the near post, a real Captain’s type goal.

Right on half time Pinney should have put The Sports ahead after robbing the ball off of Rickie Hayles he had just Lewington to beat but the Wings keeper stood up well to save.

Into the 2nd half and McCallum fired a warning shot for Eastbourne hitting an effort just wide, whilst Murrell-Williamson had a half chance for Welling.

But in the 48th minute Eastbourne went ahead for the third time Jamie Taylor firing low past Lewington.

Welling almost equalised immediately in this topsy turvy game, Danny Waldren rounded the keeper but Shaun Hobson was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

However the Wings did fire back in the 62nd minute. Pierre Joseph-Dubois who had been on the pitch a matter of seconds swept home a low Dan Walker cross to make the game 3-3.

Hope was high that Welling may finally be able to get their noses in front when Ali Fuseini saw a goal bound effort blocked, before Cathline played an inch perfect through ball to Walker but he shot straight at Carey.

Welling were left to rue those chances as Eastbourne went back ahead and the collapse began.

Eastbourne won a free kick 25 yards from goal and Baptisua rolled the free kick to Josh Hare who hit a pile driver that Lewington could only palm into the net.

Welling looked drained and folded tamely as Eastbourne added a 5th to put the game to rest. Pinney crossing for Jamie Taylor to tap home with ease. Jamie Taylor then scored a hat trick from the spot in addded on time after Hayles had fouled Connelly.

And with the last kick of the game Nathianel Pinney curled home a free kick to add a 7th. It was a disastrous last ten minutes from Welling and once again leaves them looking over their shoulder with just 5 points between them and the relegation trap door.

Welling United: Lewington, Phillips, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles, Leacock (Joseph-Dubois 60), Walker, Waldren, Kathline, Crawford, Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Hatton, Richards, Amu.

Attendance: 402


Eastbourne Borough v Welling United preview

On Tuesday, Welling United Eastbourne Borough hoping to put Saturday’s disappointment behind them

As a contest, the game at Maidenhead was as good as over when the hosts added to their two earlier goals with a third in first half injury time.

Although the competed better in the second half, the Wings team never really looked like hurting the league leaders but they have a quick opportunity to put that behind them.

Any supporter travelling by road should follow the M25 clockwise until the A21 turn off for Sevenoaks. Come off that road at the A26 turn off towards Southborough/Tunbridge Wells.

Follow that road through Tunbridge Wells and take the turn off for the A267 until it becomes the A22 towards Eastbourne. Continue along that road until it becomes the A27 and bear left along the Polegate Bypass.

At the next roundabout, take the second exit towards Stone Cross and Westham (A22); at another roundabout shortly afterwards, take the first exit signposted Stone Cross and Westham. Continue towards Stone Cross village, past Dittons Nursery on your left. Shortly afterwards you will come to a crossroads, with a church on your left, the Red Lion pub on the right, and Stone Cross windmill immediately ahead.

Turn right, down the B2104 Friday Street. At the end of Friday Street, turn left at the double mini-roundabout into Hide Hollow (B2191), passing Eastbourne Crematorium on your right. Turn right at the roundabout into Priory Road, and Priory Lane is about 200 yards down the road on the left. There is car parking for 400 people.

The nearest railway stations is Pevensey and Westham (approx 15-20 mins walk) If coming into Eastbourne, there is a taxi service outside station or catch a bus. The LOOP Bus serves Priory Road/Priory Lane.and runs every 15 minutes. The service runs from Eastbourne town centre to Hampden Park calling at Seaside (Arlington Arms), Pevensey Bay Road (ASDA) and Priory Road. From Hampden Park (Station) the service calls at Winkney Farm (Wilton Avenue), Langney (Shopping Centre) and Priory Lane. 720720 Taxis can be called on 013423 720720
Entrance fees at the ground are Adults £12, Concessions £8 and U16s £1. There is no additional charge for access to the stands.

When Welling last visited Eastbourne Borough it was on Easter Monday in the Championship winning season and it proved to be a comfortable victory. Scott Kinch scored the only goal of the first half when scoring from a corner at close range.

Another corner saw Welling double their lead when Anthony Acheampong headed home and Kiernan Hughes-Mason added a third late on. Jonte Smith, who started this season at Welling, was in the Sports’ team that say..

Welling goalkeeper Chris Lewington.. Picture by David Brown

Maidenhead United 3-0 Welling United

League leaders Maidenhead brushed aside Welling with ease on Saturday. The damage was done in the first 45 minutes with all three goal coming before half time. The Magpies rarely got out of 1st gear in the 2nd half as the Wings failed to trouble the hosts.

Dean Inman set the tone for the game as he sent a wild overhead kick just over the bar for the home side.

Dave Tarpey worked some space for himself before sending a low effort just wide.

Welling’s Alex Cathline did well to control a long ball but he lacked the composure needed in front of goal.

Maidenhead though were looking dangerous with every attack and Harry Pritchard buser clear down the left and was inches wide with his effort.

It was no surprise when in 21st minute, Maidenhead took the lead. A Dave Tarpey corner found Dean Inman who just wanted to win the header more than any Wings defender and he powered his header past Lewington.

Just seven extra minutes had elapsed when Maidenhead doubled their lead. Sean Marks slipping the ball through to record goal scorer Dave Tarpey who brushed off the attention of Francis with ease and cooly slotted past Lewington. To add insult to injury Welling skipper Sean Francis had to be replaced injured after the goal.

It was simply one way traffic as Seaun Marks  headed over a Pritchard cross, The Wings  woes then worsening when Rickie Hayles was forced off injured with an eye injury.

In a rare foray forward the home keeper Carl Pentney kept out a Dan Walker shot.

As it was in first half injury time, Maidenhead put the game beyond doubt by adding a 3rd. Welling failed to clear a corner and the ball fell kindly to James Mulley who had time to control the ball and drill home through a crowd of players.

The 2nd half was a formality really, with Maidenhead spouring forward looking to add to the scoreline and The Wings desperately trying to prevent them. Early in to the second period Lewington had to be out bravely to prevent  Tarpey.

Walker did have a shot from range that was gathered easily by Pentney.

James Comley could have done better for the hosts when well placed but he fired over.

A superb block by Dean Leacock prevented Tarpey rounding off the scoring and late on Pierre Joseph-Dubois almost added a consolation for Welling but his delicate chip just went over th bar.

The damage had already been done in the first half by the league leaders as now Welling will have to improve on Tuesday when they travel to Sussex to face Eastbourne.

Welling United: Lewington, Hatton, Brown, Fuseini, Hayles (Karagiannis 35), Francis (Leacock 29), Walker, Waldren, Kathline, Crawford, Murrell-Williamson (Joseph-Dubois 77). Subs not used: Richards, Amu.

Attendance: 968

Maidenhead United v Welling United preview

On Saturday, Welling United visit Vanarama National League South leaders Maidenhead United

Although the Wings have not enjoyed the best of results on the road lately, the successes in the last two home games mean that the team will travel in good spirits.

Tristan Lewis lives in Maidenhead so those travelling will have the same journey as he undertakes after every home game.

If travelling by road. Follow the M25 clockwise to junction 15 where you take the turn off for the M4 towards Reading/Slough. At junction 8/9, take the A404(M)/A308(M) exit to High Wycombe/Henley/Maidenhead.

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Windsor Rd/A308 then at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Stafferton Way. Continue onto Stafferton Link before turning left onto Forlease Road. At the roundabout take the first exit onto York Road. Those using SatNav should put in SL6 1SF. There is no car parking at the ground but there are a number of car parks in the town.

It is a relatively easy journey by train with four an hour from Paddington heading for Reading. The ground is a five minute walk from Maidenhead station.

Entrance fees at York Road are Adults £10, Concessions £6 and U16s £3.

When Welling last visited Maidenhead it was early in the Championship winning season when still suffering a ‘play-off’ hangover. Ross Lafayette put Welling ahead, assisted by Theo Fairweather-Johnson early on but Mark Nisbet’s second half brace ensured the Magpies claimed the points.

However, in the season before, Welling won both home and away by a 4-0 scoreline. In the game at York Road, Luis Cumbers put Welling ahead before Maidenhead’s Alex Wall lashed out at a defender and was sent off.

After the break, Welling profited from an own goal before Cumbers scored his second. Harry Baker finished the scoring in the 71st minute as Welling coasted through the remainder of the match.

Welling go ahead against Poole. Picture by David Brown

National League vs British Army

In a unique series of representative matches, The National League will play The British Army at three differing locations on the same evening.

These will take place on Wednesday 29th March 7.45pm at Eastbourne Borough, Harrogate Town and Tamworth. Each match being supported in partnership with Vanarama and S & C Slatter.

Each of the three squads are drawn from players who play in The National League North and South ONLY.

We have much pleasure in announcing the respective squads and the Manager of each.

Please see attached TNL Squads v British Army plus our programme image cover for all three matches.

We wish them all the best and look forward to each match being well attended. Entry is £5 for Adults (including a programme) with Seniors & Juniors FREE. Extra programmes are £2.

Welling United 2-1 Poole Town

In the build up to the game both Tristian Lewis and Harry Wheeler asked the Welling players for a response from their disappointing defeat at Whitehawk the previous Saturday, and the co- managers and The Wings fans got one, with an excellent 2-1 win over high flying Poole.

Poole had the first half chance of the game but a long range free kick was fired over by Steve Devlin, after this though Welling took charge.

Harry Crawford done well to bring a Matt Fish throw in under control before losing his marker and making space for a shot that was heading in until a smart save  by Nick Hutchings tipped it around the post.

From the corner, Welling won an immediate corner with the ball falling Ali Fuseini who saw a shot deflected wide.

This time Rhys Murrell-Williamson corner went deep where Rickie Hayles headed the ball back towards goal, this caused panic between keeper Hutchings and defender Will Spetch resulting in Hutchings punching the ball into his own net, to hand Welling the lead.

Welling were on top and Alex Cathline shot wide after powering his way past two defenders.

A brilliant one-two between Murrell-Williamson and Cathline saw Murell-Williamson hammer a volley from 25 yards against the crossbar.

In a rare Poole attack Luke Burbidge hit a wild effort from long range that troubled a passing Number 96 bus more than it did the Welling goal.

Danny Waldren saw a shot blocked by some brave defending as Welling went in search of a 2nd.

A long ball out of defence sent Murrell-Williamson clear after he cleverly controlled the ball only to be upended by a clumsy challenge by Lewis Tallack in the box and a penalty was awarded. Fresh from his wonder goal in the week Harry Crawford cooly slotted home the penalty, to give The Wings that crucial 2nd goal.

Poole tried to rally and the once again the impressive Jordan Brown was on hand to clear a teasing Luke Roberts cross.

Welling started the 2nd half well and Waldren flashed an effort just wide before Crawford headed a Dan Walker cross wide.

Poole started to see more of the ball and Brooks missed at the back post from a Roberts cross.

Welling lost Murrell-Williamson to an injury midway through the 2nd half and his replacemnt Vas Karagiannis fired just wide after he ran at the defence.

Crawford then missed a glorious chance to make the game safe.  He beat the offside trap with only the on rushing keeper Hutchings to beat and perhaps a lobbed effort may have been better he tried to round the keeper but his touch was too heavy and the opportunity had past.

Back came Poole and Lewington came to the rescue when he saved from Roberts who had broke free.

Poole manager Tom Killick then lost his  composure and stormed 10 yards onto the pitch to almost confront Referee Elliott Kaye about various decisions he felt his side had not got. This just lead to him being shown a red card and sent to the stands.

If anything this spurred Poole on and as they started to throw caution to the wind and they started to have the better of the game, with Lewington thwarting Roberts again with a great save.

Lewington made an even better save shortly after the when the ball was squared to Brooks who had the goal at his mercy but the Wings keeper parried away his close range effort for a smart save.

Poole did get a lifeline with six minutes to go from a corner Sean Francis was adjudged to have pushed Roberts, there seemed minimal contact but a penalty was given. Devlin smashed a penalty straight down the middle hitting the underside of the bar and going in.

This made for a tense last 10 minutes or so although Waldren brought a great save out of Hutchings from free kick.

Despite their being over 6 minutes of added on time when the referee added on just 5, Welling held out for a crucial and morale boosting win, to lift them 11 points above the drop zone.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish (Richards 78), Brown, Fuseini, Hayles, Francis, Walker Waldren, Cathline (Amu 87), Crawford, Murrell-Williamson (Karagiannis 61). Subs not used: Agu, Leacock.

Attendance: 465



Welling United v Poole Town preview

On Saturday, Welling United follow up their Kent Senior Cup victory over Bromley with a Vanarama National League South fixture against Poole Town.

Last Saturday, the team were disappointing at Whitehawk but a depleted side beat a strong Bromley XI on Tuesday.

Harry Crawford scored the only goal when he looked up, saw that the Bromley goalkeeper, Ross Flitney, had drifted out of goal and launched an unstoppable shot.

When Welling knocked out holders Dartford in the previous round, it acted as a catalyst to go on a winning run. A repeat of that now would not go amiss.

It will not be easy, however, as Poole are in excellent form having scooped both manager (Tom Killick) and player (Marvin Brooks) monthly league awards for February following their four wins and a draw.

Whether the infamous award curse strikes them is yet to be determined as last Saturday’s game against Hungerford Town fell foul to the whether so this weekend’s game will be their first outing in March.

There has been further player movement at Park View Road as the management team look to resolve the difference in performances between the front line and the defensive unit.

Michael Thalassitis has departed after just two games, returning to Margate where he was earlier in the season. However Arel Amu has signed on dual registration terms with Arlesey Town F.C.

Hatton will be absent as he completes his suspension, and it is expected to be too soon for Pierre Joseph-Dubois or Jamie Slabber to contemplate a return, but the rest of the squad should be fit to compete for a place in the starting line-up.

Jordan Brown. Picture by Dave Budden

Welling United 1-0 Bromley

Welling made it through to the semi finals of the Kent Senior Cup where they will face neighbours Charlton Athletic. A marvellous Harry Crawford 40 yard lob with 7 minutes to go the difference between the sides.

The goal was perhaps out of keeping with the game which was at times played with a pre season tempo.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson had the first shot of the but his effort was saved by Flitney.

Alex Cathline could have done better when the ball fell kindly to him as he shot wide.

Murrell-Williamson then forced another good save from Flitney as the Wings got on top of the game.

In a rare Bromley attack Blair Turgott shot straight at Chris Lewington. Turgott followed up his effort by using his pace to get free before striking a low effort wide.

Flitney did well to smoother at the feet of Cathline as the Wings ended strongly but without really troubling Bromley.

The second half saw Bromley come out with a bit more tempo and a cross come shot from Turgott was a warning shot for The Wings.

Lewington had to be at his best to prevent for Wings loan man Tobi Sho-Silva

Welling survived the storm and Vas Karagiannis missed a superb chance as the ball fell to him from a Murrell-Williamson’s cross but he complete miscued his shot.

New signing Arel Amu made Flitney make a smart save denying him with his legs.

The goal that won the game came 7 minutes from time. A quickly taken free kick on half way from Bromley broke down and the loose ball went straight to Harry Crawford. The Wings man spotting Flitney off his line expertly chipped the ball from 40 yards to lob Flitney and score a fabulous goal. The first Welling have scored for three games.

It was enough to see Welling through to the Semi Finals and face near neighbours Charlton Athletic at Park View Road.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown (Amu 50), Fuseini, Hayles, Leacock, Murrell-Williamson, Crawford, Cathline, Karagiannis (Milton 79), Richards.

Unused Substitutes: Hart, Agu.







Welling United v Bromley preview

When Welling United knocked Dartford out of the Kent Senior Cup, it started a league run that pulled them clear of the relegation zone..

Now they meet Bromley in the Quarter Final in need of another boost for some points to keep them out of relegation problems, and with the extra boost of hosting Charlton Athletic in the semi-final.

There was no shortage of excitement when the Wings knocked out holders Dartford. Harry Crawford headed Welling in front after 21 minutes however Ryan Hayes equalised from the spot in the first half.

Three minutes after the break Keaton Wood put the visitors ahead but he was not as happy when Welling equalised in a grandstand finished. Matt Fish let fly and his shot hit Wood on the back causing it to loop into the net.

Hatton then had a chance to win the game but fired his spot kick into Danson Park so the game went to penalties. Hatton made no mistake second time around however Harry Girling was the hero saving three Dartford efforts. Fish, George Oakley and Christian Nanetti converted to send the Wings through.

It’s not the first time that Welling have met Bromley this season. They met in the F.A. Trophy in January.

Despite going behind to a Jack Holland goal in the opening exchanges, Danny Waldren equalised against his former club with a deep cross that drifted just inside the post.

Another former Raven, Adam Coombes, scored the winner with a brilliant free kick.

On Saturday, Tristan Lewis suggested that fringe players, such as Dean Leacock and Tom Richards might get a run out. Unfortunately, Archie Johnson won’t feature as he suffered concussion on Saturday, playing for Thamesmead Town.

Matt Fish lets fly for the equaliser against Dartford. Picture by Dave Budden