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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