New Manager, New Sponsor, New Beginnings and New Season

The Wings kick off the 2017-18 National League South season today with an away trip to Truro City, kick off 3:00pm.

It will be player / manager Jamie Coyle’s first competitive match in charge for the Wings. The Wings also welcome SECO Construction as new main sponsors for 2017-18 after agreeing a deal to become our headline sponsors. We will have a feature on SECO Construction  on the official website over the coming days and update the branding around the site to reflect our new partnership with SECO Construction as we gather the artwork.

SECO Construction representatives are pictured above with the Wings first team squad at last Saturday’s photo call at Park View Road.

To follow the action at Treyew Road today for the season opener, follow the club’s twitter @wellingunited. There will also be HD highlights on WingsTV over the next day or so.

Welling United 1-4 Millwall

A Millwall side containing a few first team squad members beat Welling on Monday night in both sides final friendlies. The Lions led two nil at half time through strikes from Kris Twardek & Tony Craig. Welling improved after the break and former Millwall man Alfie Pavey headed home a corner to reduce the scoreline, but Millwall went on to clinch the game late on. A thunderbolt of a strike from Noah Chesmain who spent some time at Welling on loan and Jamie Philpot ensured the championship side ran out winners.

Welling now head into the new 2017/18 season making the long journey down to Cornwall to face Truro City on Saturday for the season opener.

Welling Squad:
Lewington, Dymond, Francis, Jefford, Parkinson, Coyle, Nanetti , Healy, Goldberg, Bradbrook , Pattison

Subs:
Pavey, O’Malley, Parter, Johnson, Durojayie, Joseph-Dubois

Coyle signs Christian Nanetti

Welling United player/manager Jamie Coyle has strengthened his squad by bringing 25 year old winger Christian Nanetti back to Park View Road, the diminutive Italian winger left Park View Road for a spell at Cork City last season but it was a short spell in Ireland as he left due to being unable to force his way into their starting line up.

Jamie Coyle was pleased to snap up Nanetti this afternoon “Christian will give us an outlet on the left hand side and his excellent crossing abilities should create chances for us. He is two footed and offers us options in attack as he can play on either wing and in other attacking positions. Hes skilful and productive and has looked good in training with us despite having not played recently. He knows the club well having been here last season where he made a good impression, i am pleased to have signed him for this season.

Nanetti has signed subject to the Wings getting International clearance after his spell in Ireland.

Dover Athletic 5-0 Welling United

Welling suffered a heavy defeat in their penultimate pre season away at National league side Dover Athletic. Having trailed 2 nil at half time a rampant Dover added three further goals to inflict defeat on Jamie Coyle’s men. The Wings will be looking to bounce back against a Millwall side at Park View Road on Monday night before the league campaign starts on Saturday 5th August.

Welling Squad: Lewington, Francis, Gayle, Parter, Jefford, Dymond, Healy, Parkinson, Pattison, Goldberg, Pavey, Bradbrook, Corne, Durojaiye, Moli, O’Mally, Coyle, Richards, Johnson, Joesph-Dubois

image: Dave Budden

Welling United 1-3 Bromley

National league Bromley inflicted a home defeat on Welling with an impressive display. For The Wings it was another good test despite the result and they certainly can take a lot out of this defeat.

Bromley were two nil up at half time with goals from Iffy Allen and Josh Rees. Bromley dictated the play in the torrential conditions and deserved their lead at the break.

Welling improved in the 2nd half and Tom Bradbrook headed home a cross at the back post. But minutes later Bromley extended the lead as a Frankie Raymond free kick, evaded everyone and skipped in.

Welling now travel to Dover Athletic on Tuesday for their penultimate friendly before the league actions begins:

WUFC – O’Malley, Gayle, Jefford, Coyle, Parkinson, Corne, PJD, Dymond, Bradbrook, Goldberg, Pattison

Subs:
Durojaiye, Moli, Richards, Pavey, Fiddes, Parter.

Open training session and Nike kit launch day at PVR

On Saturday 29th July the club will be holding an open training session from 11:15am at PVR. Everyone is welcome to attend to watch the team train, with the snack bar and Wings bar also open.

At midday, you will be able to have your photo taken with the team in the style of the usual team photo. This will be available for just £15 with all money going into Jamie Coyle’s boost the budget fund.

The new Wings Nike kit for 2017-18 will be launched on the day and will be available to buy in the club shop.

The players will also be around afterwards if you wish to talk with them.

If you are interested in being in a  team photo then please email  deanshulver@gmail.com

Come down to the ground on the day as it is sure to be an entertaining day where the Wings open the doors for their supporters to go behind the scenes, meet the players and buy the new Nike kit.

VCD Athletic 2-5 Welling United

Alfie Pavey scored a hat trick as Welling ran out comfortable winners on Tuesday night. It was a very good work out for Jamie Coyle’s side and the management team would have been pleased with The Wings new look strike force getting amongst the goals.

Alfie Pavey scored twice from the penalty spot and one with a 1st half header, his goals were added to by Bradley Goldberg and Pierre Joesph Dubois. The Wings squad was trimmed for the match as the newly form squad for the season really starts to take shape.

Welling host local rivals Bromley on Saturday at Park View Road Kick off 3pm.

Welling Squad v VCD

Trialist keeper, Jefford, Pavey, Coyle, Parkinson, Goldberg, Corne, Dymond, Francis, Gayle, Pattison, Moli, Bradbrook, Fiddes, Joesph-Dubois, Collier, Johnson,
Durojayie,

Attendance: 149

image: Alfie Pavey scores the first of his hat trick, photo by Dave Budden

Welling United 0-3 Charlton Athletic

A strong Charlton Athletic side beat Welling United in this traditional curtain raiser friendly. With just three weeks until Welling make the long journey to Truro for the season opener this was a good test against Karl Robinson League one side.

In a game that was rather slow to get going it was Charlton who had the first chance after 10 minutes but Josh Magennis dragged a shot wide from long range.

Very few chances were created by either side with both sets of players looking for plenty touches of the ball and whilst Charlton had more of the possession, Welling were matching them for work rate and endeavour but in the 25th minute it was the away side who took the lead. 

The lively Cameron Stewart produced an excellent cross from the right and his pinpoint cross was met by Jason Pearce who coolly side-footed home at the back post past Lewington.

Rather than be rattled the goal galvanized The Wings and they very nearly drew level. A long diagonal ball from Ben Jefford found David Moli as he ran into the box he cut the ball back from the byline to Bradley Goldberg but Dillon Phillips made a superb instinct save with his feet to prevent the home side levelling things up.

The game was now becoming more of a contest, the tempo was raised and back came Charlton. Welling were indebted to goalkeeper Chris Lewington many times last season and he was again in fine form in this macth firstly saving from close range from George Lapslie header that looked destined to find the net before palming away Ahearne-Grant fierce shot over the bar for a corner. 

However he could do nothing about The Addicks 2nd. In the 41st minute Cameron Stewart was again the provider with a low cross, Lewington did exceptionally well to keep out Patrick Bauer’s initial header but Bauer was on hand to prod the rebound over the line to double the scoreline. 

As is customary with this fixture the 2nd half brought about plenty of changes with both sides running the eye over certain players and traialists. In his post match interview Welling manager was quick to mention that he took a watching brief of today’s game so he could cast his eye over the squad as he looks to trim his squad down in numbers.  Midway through the half Bradley Goldberg brought out a save from Dillion Phillips with a well-hit free-kick while sub Francis Babalola cut inside but fired wide as Welling at least tried to force of the pace which did rapidly drop off as the game went on. Connor Dymond gave the Welling faithful a taste of his no nonecse and committed play with a flying challenge that may well have earnt a booking in a competitive game.

But this traditional friendly was rounded off by one last goal in the 87th minute, as Charlton sub, Mikhail Kennedy, played a neat one-two with Michael Fernandes before slotting past sub Welling keeper Collier who had come on for Lewington in the Welling goal as The Addicks wrapped up the game. 

It was another good workout for Welling and they now turn their attention to VCD away on Tuesday night as the first game of the season looms on the horizon.

Welling United: Lewington (Collier 81), Durojaiye, Jefford (Johnson 65), Parkinson (Corne 58), Francis (Dembele 67), Gayle (Brown 78), Joseph-Dubois (Babalola 46), Dymond (Dombaxe 68), Bradbrook (Pavey 58), Goldberg (Fiddes 69), Moli (Pattison 40): Unused substitute: Coyle.

Referee: I Fissenden

Attendance: 1,370

Here we go, Its the Wings at home to Charlton Athletic on Saturday

Welling United welcome their good friends and neighbours Charlton Athletic to Park View Road on Saturday. The fixture has become a pre season tradition and has been referred to as such by Charlton managers, The game kicks off at 3:00pm and you can still get a ticket at discounted rates.

Tickets can be bought from the office at the ground before 11:30am tomorrow at the following rates:

Adults £13

Over 60s / U16s £8

Under 12s £3

You can pay at the gate as normal with prices £15 / £10 / £5. You can sit in either grandstand for £2 extra once you are inside the stadium.

The Wings bars will be open on the Welling United side of the ground, with Real Ale from Fullers in the shape of Summer Ale on sale.

In anticipation of tomorrow’s big game for the Wings we spoke to Wings boss Jamie Coyle on Friday afternoon to get his thoughts.

 

“First of all I would like to thank Karl Robinson and his staff for bringing his squad down to play tomorrow and wish him all the success this season, it’s a friendly I played in a few years back for us and I know the players and the fans always enjoy this one.

Over the last three weeks we have seen a number of trialists in both training sessions and friendly games at Welling Town, Bedfont Sports and Phoenix  Sports, where some have done well and others slightly struggled.

After Saturday’s game we will be making a decision on all of them that remain so we can start working even harder on the training ground with the squad that we envisage working with come August 5th, which also allows us to start increasing the amount of minutes each player gets in the forthcoming pre-season fixtures.

Tuesday was a very worth while game at Phoenix where again we had a mixture in both halves of trialists and first team players and as expected looked rather rusty and disjointed. The main objective was to get 45 minutes in the players legs and also see how some of the trialists interacted with our current players. Clearly some were out of their depth, while others done really well and will be involved in the game tomorrow.

I hope you all enjoy the game tomorrow

Coylie”

Millwall X1 friendly added

The Wings will welcome back regular pre season visitors Millwall to Park View Road for a friendly on Monday 31st July, kick off 7:45pm.

The friendly will should see Alfie Pavey playing against his former side, the Wings striker joined from the New Den earlier in the summer. Admission details will be confirmed and posted on the official website ahead of the game. It will be pay on the gate on the night.