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Welling United 3-1 Weston Super Mare

Welling comfortably dispatched Weston Super Mare on a unseasonably warm April Saturday as the season drew ever close to its conclusion.

In truth the game had an end of season feel to it, with Weston comfortable in mid table and The Wings hoping for more than a few favours from other sides in order to achieve an unlikely play off position.

Perhaps this lack of pressure helped Welling take off the shackles and they played some nice football, which had deserted them for much of the April.

The Wings started brightly and after a couple of half chances they were rewarded with an early lead. In the 8th minute a quickly taken throw in caught the Weston defence napping. Jamie Philpot drove into the box before the ball fell kindly to Olu Durojaiye who bundled the ball home from close range, his 2nd goal in as many games.

Welling almost grabbed an immediate 2nd but Callum Driver hit a fierce effort just wide.

The Wings continued to press and a deep cross found Ryan Hall at the back post but he could only steer his half volley wide.

Welling should have doubled their lead in the 20th minute, a quick counter attack found Jamie Philpot, the striker was clean through but he tried to catch Luke Purnell out with a dink finish but he scuffed his effort right into the arms of the grateful keeper.

Two minutes later Welling hit the post. An audacious over head effort from Bradley Goldberg smashed against the post for Weston to clear for a corner.

From the resulting corner, Welling did double their lead. A neat post corner from Ryan Hall was met by a powerful Jack Parkinson header who steered his effort home.

Weston looking for a way back into the game had a penalty appeal turned down after Danny Greenslade went down in the area only to be booked for simulation.

A clever free kick from Ryan Hall almost caught Luke Purnell out at his near post but the keeper got finger tips to push the effort around the post.

Welling were on top and playing some fine football. A smart move involving Jebb and Hall saw the ball played into Goldberg but his fierce half volley was fantastically pushed over the bar by Purnell.

In a rare Weston attack Jarrod Welch forced a save out of Bailey Vose. But Welling went in ahead at the break.

At the break, Adam Coombes made a welcome return from injury as he replaced Connor Dymond.

The striker was in the thick of things straight away and he got in behind the Weston defence but his effort hit a covering defender.

Most of the Weston attacks were coming through Jarrod Welch and he hit an effort from range, which took a nasty bobble that Vose gathered at the 2nd attempt.

The game was becoming more stretched as Weston came more into the game.

So it was no surprise when they scored in the 55th minute and the danger man Welch got his goal. Welch hitting a super half volley from outside the area that left Vose no chance.

However within a minute, Welling established their two goal lead. Coombes played a clever ball through to Jebb. The Weston players appealed for a handball in the build up, but Jebb cooly slotted under the legs of Purnell as Welling added a 3rd.

On the hour mark Bradley Goldberg this time hit the crossbar, his deft volley hit the bar from just outside the area.

The game after this point started to settle down, as the heat kicked in. Jarrod Welch hitting a free kick effort over the bar and out of the ground and half way up Welling High Street.

The unfortunate Bradley Goldberg, came close again. As Welling broke on the counter attack from a corner, Callum Driver drove at pace before playing the ball into Goldberg. He took a touch blazing an effort just wide.

With substitutes galore for both sides, the game was void of chances until the 89th minute but Jarrod Welch hit a free kick wide as Welling ran out comfortable winners.

The Wings now face Bath City in their final home game of the season on Tuesday before finishing the season away at Chippenham Town next week.
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Attendance: 491


Whitehawk 2-1 Welling United

Welling slumped to a bad defeat against relegation strugglers Whitehawk to leave their play offs aspirations in tatters and hanging by the tiniest of threads.

Coming into this crucial game both teams had something to play for, but in truth only one team wanted to play for it.

Just 2 minutes were on the clock when Welling almost grabbed the lead. Jack Jebb slipped a clever ball into Durojaiye but his first time effort was well saved by Wilks.

Whitehawk soon came into the game and Bailey Vose had to be out smart to smoother the ball from the advancing Lloyd Macklin.

With 8 minutes gone, referee James Durkin made a big call. Jack Jebb got on the end of a long ball, this ball tempted Wilks out of his goal and the area. Jebb went to lob the advancing keeper but Wilks appeared to handle the effort but referee Durkin waved away the strong appeals.

In a lively start, Whitehawk missed a glorious chance as Macklin almost took advantage of some sloppy defending but he shot wide in the box.

A frenetic opening quarter was summed up in one moment, at one end Philpot went close but his goal bound lob went just wide of the post. Whitehawk then broke straight away and Mendy missed a glorious chance shooting straight at Vose.

However in the 18th minute Whitehawk took the lead. Welling showed their defensive frailties as L’Gual was allowed to ghost into the area to cross for former Welling player Lloyd Macklin to simply slot past Vose, a feat he never achieved when in a Welling shirt earlier in the season.

This goal rocked Welling and L’Ghoul was causing Welling all sorts of problems, he almost made it 2, but flashed his effort just wide.

Healy almost dug an equaliser out for Welling but he struck his fiercely struck volley straight at Wilks in the 27th minute.

Welling were being restricted to half chances and Dymond shot an effort straight at Wilks after a clever lay off from Durojaiye.

The game quietened down until the the 43rd minute, when Whitehawk were reduced to 10 men.

Gold Otomayo was adjudged to have stamped on Connor Dymond by referee James Durkin and was shown a straight red card.

With Welling heading into the 2nd half with a numerical advantage player wise they needed a good start and they got just.

In the 48th minute a Jack Jebb free kick was only half cleared by keeper Wilks and his punch found Olu Durojaiye who smashed the ball home on the half volley from the edge of the area.

But any Wings fans hoping Welling would go on and stamp their mark on the game were to be disappointed. The game ebbed and flowed for a long period without any side really being able to create a clear chance.

As the game drifted on Welling started to create more clear cut chances. Jebb curled a tame effort straight at Wilks. However the game changed when Tom Bradbrook missed the chance of the game.
Goldberg cut the ball back to Bradbrook and with the goal at his mercy, the striker scuffed his effort wide, it was a glorious chance that went begging.

That chance proved even more costly just three minutes later. In the 73rd minute not for the first time this season, Welling failed to defend a deep corner which was met at the back post by Elliot Benyon who scored with his first touch to send the noisy Whitehawk fans delirious.

It almost got worse for Welling as Pinney burst down on goal but Vose saved well with his feet. With the game drifting away from a lacklustre Welling, Bradbrook headed wide at the back post, however the linesman flag would have ruled the goal out.

Welling’s afternoon was summed up in the last minute of injury time as Tom Bradbrook was shown a straight red card for a crude challenge on L’Ghoul.

The result now leaves Welling with a huge uphill task to reach the play offs.

Welling return to PVR for the penultimate home game of the season against Weston Super Mare next Saturday.


Attendance: 294


Welling United 0-0 Hemel Hempstead

Welling claimed a hard fought point on Tuesday night, the result however may now mean that Welling need to win the remaining four games in order to claim a place in the play offs. But as Player Coach Jack Parkinson alluded to after the game The Wings are still in the mix with the run in now in sight.

Welling almost got off to the ideal start, Connor Dymond drove a free kick into the area, Jamie Coyle met the free kick with a looping header that hit the bar via the finger tips of keeper Laurie Walker.

This seemed to wake Hemel up and they then took the game to Welling. Spencer McCall made space for the shot but hit a low effort straight at Bailey Vose.

A last ditch tackle from Jamie Coyle denied David Moyo as he looked certain to score.

Hemel were seeing much more of the ball but with out causing the Wings defence to much problems. Karl Oliyide hit an effort wide from range.

The game then became very scrappy and disjointed with tackles from both sides picking up yellow cards, but The Wings went in level at the break.

Welling started the 2nd half rejuvenated and looked sharper. A deep free kick found Coyle in the box and after he managed to get his shot away, the shot was deflected wide for a corner.

A smart ball from Joe Healy put Jamie Philpot in the clear but he hit a spectacular effort over the bar.

In the move of the match, Dymond found Hall out wide before he crossed low for Bradley Goldberg but he put his outstretched effort over the bar, however he was offside in the build up.

It was Welling now doing all of the pressing as Hall saw a shot deflected wide for a corner.

In a rare attack Jordan Parkes dragged a shot wide for Hemel. But In the 82nd minute Welling had the ball in the net. Sub Tom Bradbrook flicked a header goalwards that Walker could not handle, Philpot slotted the loose ball home but the offside flag had already been raised.

Hemel then lost Connolly for a second yellow for a crude foul on Jamie Philpot as he slipped his man but was tugged back.

However try as they might, Welling could not find a winner as the quest for the play offs becomes that little bit tougher.

Welling head to the South Coast on Saturday to face Whitehawk.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Jefford, Durojaiye, Okuonghae, Coyle, Hall (Nanetti 78), Dymond, Goldberg (Bradbrook 82), Healy, Philpot. Subs not used: Johnson, Milton, Coombes.

Attendance: 442


Welling United 0-1 Havant & Waterlooville

For the 2nd time in less than a week, Welling found themselves not getting the rub of the green. A last second equaliser on Monday was then matched with a smash and grab victory that was typical of a side that are champions elect.

Not for the first time this season at home Welling started slowly.

James Hayter fired wide within the first 30 seconds before Jason Prior who got the better of Jack Parkinson but likewise scuffed his effort wide across the face of goal.

Jason Prior then saw a header saved by Bailey Vose with the striker well placed in the area.

A pile driver from Andreas Robinson brought a super finger tipped save from Bailey Vose as Welling struggled to find their feet early on.

But find their feet they did and Adam Coombes saw a snap shot deflected wide for a corner.

A last ditch tackle from Jordan Rose stopped Coombes bursting through. This brought about a bizarre altercation between defender Rose and keeper Ryan Young in the Havant goal.

For all Havant’s chances it was Welling who came closest in first half stoppage time. Jack Jebb produced a stunning free kick 25 yards out from goal, that was matched by an equally stunning save by Ryan Young who tipped the ball onto the crossbar that then went over. From the resulting corner Jack Parkinson cannoned a header off the post.

Into the 2nd half and Welling started brightly Coombes’ hit the post with a header, but the flag was up for an adjudged foul in the build up.

A long searching ball from Jebb found Coombes but he could only smash his effort straight at Young who palmed the ball away for a corner.

Unfortunately on the hour mark Adam Coombes pulled up sharply and was immediately substituted, The Wings faithful will be holding their breaths which regards to the severity of the injury. Ryan Hall replaced Coombes.

In the 71st minute Havant snatched the lead. A corner from Williams was not dealt with by the Wings defence and the ball dropped perfectly at the feet of Strugnell who poked the ball home, for his first goal in over a year.

With their tails in front Havant then showed why they have only conceded 26 goals all season as they shut up shop. Welling did miss a glorious chance in the 84th minute when a clever ball from Jebb found Healy who headed across goal, but Jamie Philpot failed to keep his header down from close range.

Welling were trying everything to get back in the game and Callum Driver hit an audacious effort well over before Philpot glanced a header wide from Christian Nanetti’s cross.

Despite the five minutes added on, Havant held on, leaving Welling dejected and knowing that Tuesday’s home game with Hemel Hempstead is huge in their quest for a play off place.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Jefford, Durojaiye (Nanetti 83), Coyle, Parkinson, Jebb, Healy, Goldberg, Coombes (Hall 64), Philpot. Subs not used: Okuonghae, Johnson, Dymond.

Attendance 603


Hampton & Richmond 1-1 Welling United

Once again Welling suffered last minute heartbreak as Hampton stole a last gasp equaliser against a Welling side who had to play with ten men for the last twenty minutes.

On the face of it, it was a good point against a solid side, but to be so close to three points, The Wings were left wicking their wounds.

On a heavy pitch that coped well with the heavy overnight rain, it was Hampton who came closest to opening the scoring first. Shaun Jeffers was played through by Max Kretzschmar’s header but the forward hit his effort wide.

However with 15 minutes on the clock, Welling won a penalty. Adam Coombes latched onto a ball played into the area but was upended by Charlie Wassmer.
Bradley Goldberg usually so reliable from the spot, struck his penalty straight at keeper Seny Dieng. The rebound was met by Jack Jebb who headed back to Goldberg who was on hand to poke home.
Incredibly though some fully 20 seconds after the ball had hit the net, the linesman decided to flag for offside and the goal was ruled out.

This seemed to galvanise Hampton as they took the game to Welling Brendan Kiernan brought a cracking save out of Bradley Vose from a super half volley. Shaun Jeffers, then saw a shot bravely blocked.
If one critisicim can be labelled at Welling, they let their frustrations boil over and both Jack Jebb and Callum Driver picked up cheap bookings for dissent and kicking the ball away.
Midway through the half Joe Healy saw a header saved after the midfielder met a cute Jack Jebb ball into the area after he spotted the run of Healy.

Into the second half and with The Wings kicking up the slope, it was again Hampton who had the first chance of the half. Bailey Vose denying Shaun Jeffers with his feet.
Bradley Hudson-Odoi then saw a shot deflected away for a corner.

However on the hour mark, Wings grabbed the lead. A precise free kick from Jack Jebb was met with a glancing header from the yet again impressive Jamie Philpot and into the corner of the net to give The Wings the lead.

However the game changed when Welling lost Jack Jebb to a 2nd booking with 20 minutes to go.
Jebb fouled Kretzschmar as he burst towards the box, it made his first booking look all the more damaging.

Welling also lost both Joe Healy and Archie Johnson to injury as the heavy pitch looked to take its toll. Welling opted for a have what we hold tactic as Hampton went in search of the equaliser. In the 75th minute Shaun Jeffers had the ball in the net but his effort was disallowed for a handball in the build up.
Vose again saved from Hudson-Odoi as Hampton really ramped up the pressure. The same player then saw a shot cleared off the line in the 80th minute, Jack Parkinson the man in the right place at the right time.

With Welling looking likely to grab a super away win, Hampton stole a point in the last 30 seconds of five minutes added on.

Welling dealt with the first phase of play but the ball was kept alive and found its way out to Brendan Kiernan, who hit a first time effort that was flying wide until the ball hit Olu Durojaiye and wrong footed Vose before nestling in the corner of the net.

Frustration boiled over at the final whistle and Jack Parkinson saw a straight red on the which will see him miss 3 of the final 6 games with suspension.

The point keeps Welling in the play off positions but with 6 games remaining, The Wings will know every point counts from here on in.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Johnson (Jefford 53), Durojaiye, Okuonghae, Coyle, Jebb, Healy (Dymond 57), Goldberg (Parkinson 77), Coombes, Philpot. Subs not used: Nanetti, Hall.

Attendance: 627


Wings face Bath City on Good Friday at Park View Road

The Wings continue their promotion push with the visit of Bath City to Park View Road on Friday 30th March, kick off 3:00pm

Its pay on the gate on the day and both Wings bars on the Welling United side of the ground will be open to supporters of both clubs with HD sport showing on the numerous screens in the bars,

Bring a friend, family member or work colleague to Park View Road for some easter football action and get behind the Wings on Good Friday.

Hungerford Town 1-4 Welling United

Welling made it back to back away wins this week, with a hard working & deserved win against relegation threatened Hungerford Town. On a very heavy pitch, The Wings toughed it out and in the end could have won by more than the final scoreline.

It was not all plain sailing for The Wings as they fell behind in the 5th minute. A near post corner was met by Ian Herring who powerfully headed past Bailey Vose to put Hungerford in front.

On a pitch that was not conducive to pretty football, Welling had to adapt to the conditions and they rather went route one, but this worked perfectly for the conditions.

A long ball into the area fell kindly to Jack Jebb who almost caught out Keeper Oliver Davies but his half volley just dipped over the bar. However Hungerford kicking down the slope still had plenty of the play with Louie Soares hitting an audacious effort wide from range, before Bailey Vose made a comfortable save diving to his left to gather a Leigh-Gilchrist shot.

Slowly but surely The Wings started to get into stride and they came close in the 28th minute Adam Coombes pealing away from his marker to meet a deep Jack Jebb cross in the area but he could only steer his diving header wide.

However in the 35th minute, The Wings equalised. Joe Healy played a hopeful ball forward that held up nicely for Jamie Philpot and spotting keeper Davies off his line, the Millwall loanee fended off his marker before calming lobbed the keeper with a side foot half volley.

This goal changed the game, Welling now started to dictate the play as Hungerford started to retreat.

Jamie Philpot was fouled on the edge of the area by Ian Herring. From the resulting free kick Adam Coombes hit a thunderous free kick that Davies beat away, the ball was then played into the area only to be half cleared to Joe Healy on the edge of the area but his goal bound effort was deflected wide as the Wings started to get into full stride.

Any Wings fans worried that half time may have come at the wrong time needed not, as Welling started the second half like just as they had finished the the first, on top. Coombes had the first chance just 90 seconds into the half as a loose ball fell kindly to Coombes but he snatched at his effort and was easily saved by Davies.

The Wings did go ahead just a minute later though in the 48th minute. Good harrowing from the Wings attack saw Hungerford lose possession deep in their own half. The ball was played to Durojaiye who whipped in a super cross that was met by a towering Coombes header, his effort smacked against the post and rebounded off the back of the unfortunate Oliver Davies and into the net, which has to go down as an own goal.

In the 53rd minute, Coombes nearly scored the goal of the season. He chested, a long ball into the area, took a touch before acrobatically volleyed an effort goalwards his spectacular effort cannoned off of the bar, it was a touch of class that deserved a goal.

Welling were pushing for a third and Goldberg almost grabbed it when he brought down a long ball in the area but he smashed an effort wide from an acute angle.

However Welling grabbed a deserved 3rd in the 62nd minute. A Jack Jebb free kick was only half cleared and the ball fell to Player Manager Jamie Coyle and he swept his first time effort from the edge of the area into the corner of the net, for a very smart finish.

It was all Welling and they were looking like they would score with every attack, Goldberg was left wondering how he missed, a low ball into looked destined to be heading for the net, but somehow Davies kept out Goldberg’s effort.

But with 16 minutes left to play, Welling added the cherry on the cake. A precise Jack Jebb corner found Jamie Philpot who guided a looping header over Davies to make it 4. It was no more than Jamie Philpot deserved for another super performance.

With 9 minutes to go, Hungerford should have grabbed an additional consolation, a low cross was drilled into the area and some how Louie Soares failed to connect.

Bradley Goldberg kept up his personal duel with Oliver Davies but again Davies somehow kept out Bradley Goldberg with his feet as the hard working striker failed to gain a deserved goal.

It was a super win on a difficult pitch and sets Welling up nicely for a tricky Easter period, the Wings start Easter by entertaining Bath City at Park View Road on Good Friday.

Welling United: Vose, Driver (Dymond 68), Johnson, Durojaiye (Nanetti 87), Okuonghae, Coyle, Jebb, Healy (Hall 77), Goldberg, Coombes, Philpot. Subs not used: None

Attendance: 258


Early Bird Season Tickets 2018-19

Supporters can now snap up their season tickets for next season at special early bird rates.

As has been our normal procedure at this time of year, in thanking you for continued support, we are offering you our ‘Early Bird’ Season Ticket for 2018-19, with the prices unchanged from those of 1 year ago.

If you wish to take advantage of the ‘Early Bird’ Season Ticket offer we would ask you to please complete and return your application by the date of our home match vs Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 7th April.

Admission prices for next season will remain unchanged from 2017-18 season. Adult £12, Concession £8, 12-17 £5, under 12s free. Seating would be an extra £2.

Prices include ALL home Pre Season Friendlies and League games ONLY

Early bird season ticket prices

Adult Terrace £175.00

Concession Terrace £118.00

Adult Seat £205.00

Concession Seat £145.00

*Under 18s Seat/Terrace £70.00

Download the early bord season ticket form here WELLING UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB season ticket 2017-18 early bird 506985 (2)

Please send your application to:

Season Tickets Applications: Welling United FC, Park View Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 1SY

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.”