Welling United 1-3 Oxford City

Welling suffered a setback in their quest for a play off place as they went down to
Oxford City at Park View Road. With the effort that Barry Hobbins and the ground staff went to get the game on, it was disappointing the performance on the pitch did not match the performance off the pitch. With manager Jamie Coyle remarking after the game “Not one player went to a 7 or 8/10 performance today which are the standards we have set ourselves lately”

In the opening stages of the match Welling saw a lot of the ball but without really creating many opportunities against a well organised Oxford defence.

It was not until the 13th minute that The Wings had their first shot on goal Ryan Hall striking a goal bound effort through a crowd of players that hit Bradley Goldberg and went wide.

But once Oxford settled into the game they looked the more likely to open the scoring. They were only denied by the linesman flag after Eddie Jones crossed for Matt Paterson who tapped home but he was adjudged to have been off side.

Oxford missed a glorious chance soon after the ball falling perfectly for Sam Nombe but having looked certain to score he curled his effort over the bar.

With the conditions detirating due to snow Welling finally forced Craig King into a save mid way through the half. Bradley Goldberg hit an effort which King, gathered at the 2nd attempt with Coombes ready to tap home the rebound should the keeper have dropped it.

A wild Parkinson effort right on half time made sure the game was goalless at break.

That was Jack Parkinson last contribution to the game and he was subbed at half time with an injury Connor Dymond went on at centre back.

But it was Oxford who kicking down the slope took the game to Welling. Freddie Grant firing into the side netting from an acute angle.

It was no surprise though when Oxford took the lead in on the hour mark. A smart one to between Grant and Rob Sinclair, saw Sinclair tuck the ball home past Vose.

They nearly made it two as Grant played the ball back to Paterson but he hit an effort wide.

However with 18 minutes left The Wings scored an unlikely equaliser. Jeffrey Monakana got free down the right chancel and crossed for fellow sub Jamie Philpot who rose highest to plant his excellent header into the far corner of the net, to bring Welling level.

But The Wings shot themselves in the foot just three minutes later, as in the 76th minute Oxford retook the lead. A simple ball forward was not dealt with allowing Freddie Grant to react first and poke the ball through the legs of Vose.

Jamie Philpot arguably The Wings best player on the day almost grabbed an equaliser, but his half volley flashed into the side netting.

But Oxford wrapped the game up in injury time as Freddie Grant curled an effort past Bailey Vose and into the corner of the net to seal the 3 points for Oxford.

Welling almost grabbed a consolation late on but Adam Coombes’ headed a Jamie Philpot cross straight into the arms of Craig King, to compound a bad day at the office for Welling.

The Wings now travel to Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday, looking to make amends for the defeat.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Jefford, Durojaiye, Okuonghae, Parkinson (Dymond 46), Jebb (Philpot 69), Healy, Goldberg, Coombes, Hall (Monakana 61). Subs not used: Coyle, Nanetti.

Attendance: 404


BT Sport renews rights for The National League

BT Sport has been broadcasting live and exclusive coverage of English football’s fifth tier since its launch in August 2013. The new deal will see typically one match broadcast live each match-week, normally in a regular Saturday slot. Each season, BT Sport’s coverage will follow the championship race and the exciting end-of-season playoffs at Wembley through which one team gains a second promotion place into the English Football League.

Additionally, the deal sees the continuation of an innovative tie-up between league and broadcast partner — first launched in 2016 — through which media students from around the country receive broadcast production training from BT and go on to help create BT Sport’s weekly Sunday night National League highlights show.

BT Sport’s live Vanarama National League match coverage is led by presenters Matt Smith and James Richardson with commentators Adam Summerton and Adam Virgo. Joining them are regular pundits Dean Saunders, who has managed several National League clubs following a playing career with Liverpool and Wales, and Chris Hargreaves, who has managed National League side Torquay United.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is proud to continue our support for the pinnacle of English football’s non-league game. We look forward to bringing our viewers the many storylines that enrich this league’s narrative and which features some of English football’s most well-known clubs. Additionally over the past few years our student initiative has underlined our commitment to non-League football.”

Brian Barwick, Chairman of The National League, said: “After fully testing the market place, we are pleased to renew our partnership with BT Sport for a further three years. BT Sport has produced excellent coverage of the Vanarama National League, and this new deal will extend BT Sport’s investment in our increasingly watched and highly respected competition.”

East Thurrock 0-1 Welling United

Welling welcomed back Adam Coombes to the club this week and the striker capped his return with the winning goal as The Wings grounded out 3 points in tricky conditions.

East Thurrock striker Sam Higgins who scored a double against the Wings in the previous encounter at Park View Road had the first opportunity of the game but he hit an effort over from twenty five yards out.

The home side seemed to settle into the game the better and Higgins had another opportunity but despite making room for a shot he dragged an effort wide.

Ten minutes had past and The Wings slowly got into stride. A super move that saw Durojaiye playing the ball into Coombes who played a delicious flick back to Durojaiye which allowed the Wings midfielder a clear sight of goal but his shot was saved by the feet of Lukas Lidakevicius.

Another new signing Magnus Okuonghae who impressed on debut played a sublime ball into the channel which found Coombes but he dragged an effort just wide.

Welling were now on top and Coombes combined well with Jack Jebb but he curled his first time shot just over the bar.

Another lovely move from the Wings saw Jebb play a smart ball into Coombes and his clever dummy played Bradley Goldberg in but again Lidakevicius made a smart save.

East Thurrock had their moments as well and they came inches from going ahead. Higgins broke away and then played in Joe Christou who beared down on goal but dragged his effort wide of the post.

Welling though again came back on the attack. A deep free kick into the box from Jack Jebb found Joe Healy arriving late on the scene and he met the free kick on the half volley but he couldn’t keep his effort down and it sailed over.

Goldberg and Lidakevicius then continued their on going battle but once again Lidakevicius made another excellent save and kept East Thurrock level at the break.

Into the 2nd half and within 30 seconds of the restart Coombes’ had an excellent chance meeting a Ryan Hall cross with a strong header which was straight at the grateful Lidakevicius.

However Coombes did not have to wait to much longer for his comeback goal. In the 56th minute, The Wings went ahead.

An excellent free kick from Jack Jebb saw Jack Parkinson challenge keeper Lidakevicius, the keeper could only push the ball up into the crowded area. Coombes was first to react and he looped a header that took an age to drop into the net via the inside of the post, as Coombes wheeled away in delight.

East Thurrock tried to rally and Max Cornhill flashed a diving header just over the bar. Sam Higgins then hit an audacious effort over the bar as the home side again pushed for an equaliser.

With the pitch cutting up and with Welling now trying to manage the game properly, the Wings looked to counter attack at every opportunity. A counter attack saw the Wings win a free kick. A fierce Ryan Hall effort was palmed away by Lidakevicius.

With 6 minutes remaining East Thurrock had the ball in the net. Michael Clark was on hand to bundle the ball home only to see the linesman flag up to rule the goal out.

The Wings nearly added a late double when Jeffrey Monakana picked out Jamie Philpot in the area but his shot lacked power and was easily gathered.

The Wings saw out the 4 minutes of additional time as they claimed a gritty 3 points to put them firmly back in the play off picture.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Jefford, Durojaiye, Okuonghae, Parkinson, Jebb (Monakana 62), Healy, Goldberg (Philpot 76), Coombes (Nanetti 90), Hall. Subs not used: Coyle, Johnson.

Attendance 318.

Wings bring Adam Coombes back on a 2 year contract

Welling United have resigned striker Adam Coombes from Vanarama National League Sutton United in a permanent deal that will keep the prolific striker at Park View Road until May 2020.

26 year old Coombes hit the headlines last season when scoring over 30 goals for the Wings in less than a season including a double hat-trick in the FA Cup which featured a strike that appeared in the BBC FA Cup goal of the season competition.

Adam will go straight into the squad to face East Thurrock tomorrow.

Welcome back Adam


Wealdstone 1-0 Welling United

Welling suffered stoppage time heartbreak on Monday night as a late Ricky Wellard header, saw The Wings slip to defeat. It was harsh on the Wings in a game that neither side really did enough to deserve the win.

Early on it was Wealdstone who saw more of the ball, albeit without creating any goal scoring opportunities. In fact it was Welling who came closest to opening the scoring Ryan Hall’ made space for a shot and hit a fierce effort that keeper Jonathan North did well to save.

Bradley Bubb then went close for the home side but hit his effort over from an acute angle.

But Wealdstone were starting to now create opportunities and Vose had to be alert when he saved a header from Mustafa Tiryaki.

The home side then saw a glorious opportunity pass them by, Whichelow beat two defenders and burst into the box and with Vose advancing, Whichelow toe poked the ball under the body of Vose, but just wide of the post.

Despite being forced back, Welling had a good opportunity from a corner. Jack Jebb’s corner fell kindly to Jack Parkinson and his goal bound effort was cleared off the line by Samuel Cox, despite appeals from the Welling players of handball.

The game was becoming stretched and within 20 seconds Matthew Whichelow converted a low cross at the back post, but he was adjudged to have been offside.

Wealdstone then missed another good opportunity when Whichelow burst down the left to cross for the unmarked Bradley Bubb but he could only head into arms of Vose.

It was The Wings turn to pass up a good opportunity a low cross into the box found Ryan Hall and with the goal at his mercy, the winger decided to take one touch to many and the chance went missing.

Into the second half and Welling started the half brightly Olu Durojaiye hit an effort that North did well to hold.

Jack Parkinson did well to block a powerful Danny Green shot that was heading goalwards.

Ricky Wellard then saw a header saved by Vose.

A good move saw Joe Healy release Bradley Goldberg who in turn made space for the shot but just dragged his effort just wide.

Excellent football again from Welling this time between Jack Jebb and Goldberg saw a cute flick from Jebb release Goldberg, but he was inches from giving Welling the lead.

Wealdstone went close with 7 minutes to go when substitute David Pratt hit a half volley over the bar.

But with Wealdstone forcing some sustained pressure and The Wings giving away some cheap free kicks in the process. Wealdstone snatched a late winner in the 3rd minute of 4 minutes added on. A corner kick was met by Rickey Wellard at the near post and he glanced his header into the net, to break Welling hearts.

The Wings could have rescued a point but Callum Driver saw a fiercely struck hit deflect wide for a corner.

It was difficult to take for Welling but they will look to bounce back with a positive result at East Thurrock on Saturday.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Johnson, Durojaiye, Acheampong, Parkinson, Jebb, Healy, Goldberg, Philpot (Monakana 86), Hall (Nanetti 60). Subs not used: Coyle, Sinclair, Gossemna.

Attendance: 783


Concord Rangers 0-2 Welling United

With a bitter Siberian wind blowing across the Aspect Arena, the weather was never going to allow for a free flowing game of football. So credit Welling for handling the conditions and producing a professional display to ensure Concord Rangers suffered their first home defeat since September.

In a scrappy opening to the game, Bailey Vose made a smart save to deny Femi Akinwande. Louis Wells then had to be alert to save a Jack Jebb free kick that was whipped into the area from the angle.

A spectacular effort from Joe Healy flashed over the bar before Bradley Goldberg like wise curled over the bar as Welling settled into the condions.

Former Welling man Ben Greenhalgh produced an inch perfect cross for another former Welling man Aristide Bassele who had a free header in the area but he could not keep his header down. Vose then had to be alert to save a Akinwande effort that bounced awkwardly in front of him.

On the half hour mark Ben Jefford was on the end of a nasty challenge from Khale Da Costa which forced him into the perimeter fence. Jefford was stretchered off with severe facial and arm cuts that required hospital treatment. Da Costa was only shown a yellow card for the tackle. Archie Johnson replaced Jefford.

Callum Driver who has turned in some impressive displays for The Wings in the last few games nearly caught Louie Wells off his line but the goalkeeper managed to prevent the ball from looping over him.

In the 40th minute a sublime header from Joe Healy gave Bradley Goldberg a clear sight of goal, Goldberg hit a fierce half volley that was heading into the top corner only for Wells to push it around the post for a super save.

A couple of half chances came and went for either side with Jamie Philpot going close for Welling and then Vose saved a Bassele effort for Concord, before Welling went ahead in first half stoppage time.

In the fifth and final minute of injury time a Ryan Hall corner was met by the head of Goldberg, his header was cleared off the line but the loose ball came to Jack Parkinson who lashed the ball into the net for his second goal in as many games.

Welling knew that Concord would come out of the blocks quickly in the 2nd half and Vose did well to pluck a deep Da Costa cross out of the air, under pressure from Bassele.

Welling nearly doubled their lead when Jamie Philpot rose well and his goal bound header was heading in but the ball hit the body of a covering defender and diverted wide for a corner.

The game changed in a crazy two minute spell.

In the 63rd minute Ryan Hall fizzed in a free kick that Ben Greenhalgh trying to head away could only glance his effort into his own net via underside of the crossbar.

In the 65th minute Jack Parkinson was adjudged to have fouled Da Costa after he was first to react to a low cross. Upstepped Ben Greenhalgh looking to atone for his own goal but after a long run up he hit his fiercely struck spot kick against the bar. A two minute spell the former Welling man will want to forget.

With 12 minutes remaining Concord then missed a glorious chance to get back into the game. Jed Smith pulled the ball back to Steve Cawley but he blazed over from just 5 yards out. This missed opportunity seemed to knock the stuffing out of Concord and it was Welling who were the most likely of the two sides to add to the score line. Both Jack Jebb and then Joe Healy saw shots saved by Louie Wells late on.

But Welling saw out the game well and they now head into two vital games that will go along way to determining if The Wings will be joining the play off party come May.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Jefford (Johnson 29), Dymond, Acheampong, Parkinson, Jebb, Healy, Goldberg (Durojaiye 81), Philpot (Nanetti 90), Hall. Subs not used: Coyle, Monakana.

Attendance: 287


Welling United 3-1 St. Albans City

Welling secured a crucial victory against in-form St. Albans City. The result all the more impressive after they had to come from behind to secure the win.

Wings had the first opportunity of the game when Jack Parkinson flashed a header wide from a Jack Jebb corner. But thereafter it was St. Albans who got on top. Callum Driver stood up well and blocked a Zane Banton shot that was heading in.

Banton then flashed a half volley over the bar as St. Albans had plenty of possession.

Welling rode the storm and started to see more of the ball. Jamie Philpot making his Wings debut was fouled on the edge of the area but Jack Jebb curled his effort over the bar.

Last week the Wings defending came in for some criticism, but against The Saints Welling were putting bodies on the line defending resolutely. Anthony Acheampong in particular bravely blocking a goal-bound effort.

With the game drifting towards half-time Welling nearly went ahead. Philpot was able to pick up the ball and drive at the St. Albans defence he found Goldberg, who spotted the run of Jack Jebb but the Wings man could only fire his effort into the side netting.

The game really came to life at the beginning of the 2nd half. The half was just 2 minutes old when Bradley Goldberg was released down the right and his snap shot was heading in but for a super finger tipped save from keeper Dean Snedker.

Then just three minutes later the save was made even more crucial as Ryan Hall tripped former Welling man Murrell-Williamson in the area. St. Albans skipper David Noble calmly slotted home.

However Welling equalised just a minute later. The in-form Bradley Goldberg looked to be going nowhere but his quick feet allowed him to somehow get a shot away and he powered a superb effort into the top corner.

Within 4 minutes Welling had completely changed the game on its head as they took the lead.

Jack Jebb and Ryan Hall produced a smart short corner routine that saw Jebb whip in a superb cross, Parkinson arriving late in the box out muscled Tom Bender at the back post and steer the ball home.

On the hour mark Conor Dymond, not known for his goal scoring, almost scored the goal of the season with an audacious rabona effort from the edge of the area that had Snedker beat but flashed just wide.

Philpot was running tirelessly and he was sent clear, the on loan Millwall forward squared for Goldberg but he was just unable to slot home at the back post.

However in the 72nd minute, the new strike partnership this time combined to put Welling 3-1 up. Durojaiye won the ball in midfield and played a defence splitting pass to send Goldberg through on goal. With Snedker advancing, Goldberg rolled the ball to Philpot to slot into the empty net to get the debut goal his display deserved.

Welling were playing very attractive football and Snedker had to be at his very best to push away a fierce Ryan Hall effort around the post.

St. Albans huffed and puffed but a rash Tom Bender effort that sailed over the bar was as near as they come to getting back into the game as Welling claimed the three points that their 2nd half display deserved.

Welling travel to Concord Rangers next Saturday.

Welling: Vose, Driver, Jefford, Dymond, Acheampong, Parkinson, Jebb, Healy (Durojaiye 67mins), Goldberg (Monakana 88mins), Philpot (Nanetti 90mins), Hall. Subs not used: Coyle, Johnson.

Attendance: 517


Wings vs St Albans City on Saturday at PVR

Welling United face St Albans City on Saturday at Park View Road, kick off 3:00pm

The Wings are aiming to bounce back after a disappointing 3-2 loss at home to Gloucester City last Saturday. We will also have Spitfire Gold on sale as Saturday’s real ale and the HD screens in the Wings Bar will be showing live FA Cup football with Sheffield Wednesday taking on Swansea City which kicks off at 12:30pm.