Welling United Player/Manager Jamie Coyle gave his first interview since being appointed. Talking to WingsTV at the club’s training ground earlier this evening he announced he had agreed terms with two players. Coyle has added striker Tom Bradbrook and midfielder Kaka Dembele to his squad.
You can watch the interview below sponsored by Shampan Group.
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Welling showed plenty of heart and desire but ultimately a lack of firepower in the final third saw Dover win the Kent Senior Cup for the first time in 26 years at The Gallagher Stadium Maidstone.
It was a much changed line up for Welling with six changes made from the lacklustre defeat at Bath on Saturday.
As you would expect Dover started brightly and one of a number of ex Wings players on show Moses Emmanuel shot straight at Chris Lewington when well placed before Pinnock hit an effort from range that was always rising and went high over the bar.
Having survived the opening exchanges Welling settled into the game and ventured forward themselves.
A smart ball from the lively Tom Richards played in Ali Fuseini who hit a low shot that was heading in but Mitch Walker another former Welling man, made a smart save.
Richards was in the thick of all the Welling play and he was was in played in behind by Dan Walker, before cutting into the area but hitting his effort straight at namesake Mitch Walker.
Welling were enjoying a good spell of possession as Fuseini played a great pass to Dan Walker but he dragged his shot wide.
Sam Hatton then missed a glorious chance having made space for the shot he twisted and turned before dragging an effort just wide that looked to be creeping in.
As the game drew towards half time Dover almost went ahead Sam Magri heading the ball across the goal when he was well placed to nod home as Welling scrambled the ball clear.
Into the 2nd half and Welling should have gone ahead within 2 minutes. Alex Cathline did well to power his way into the box before choosing to shoot at goal when a pull back for the waiting Harry Crawford would have surely resulted in a goal.
This miss proved costly as in the 54th minute Ross Lafayette showed the quality needed to win football matches. The former Wings fans favourite picked the ball up 25 yards from goal with his back to goal he turned, before curling an effort into the top corner, a goal good enough to grace any cup final.
The Wings never let their heads dropped and actually had a lot of the ball without threatening too often.
They did have the odd chance as Harry Crawford saw a rifled shot saved by Mitch Walker before Dan Walker had his shot saved by the legs of Walker as Welling tried to push for an equaliser.
Dover sub Peter Skapetis could have scored with an audacious bicycle kick but his effort went just wide.
Welling sub Jamie Slabber almost scored with his first touch of the ball but he put a header just wide of the post. But Dover won the final when in the 86th minute Aswad Thomas got on the end of a Joe Healy cross to head pass Lewington at the back post.
The Wings now face a summer of rebuilding as they prepare a new squad for the 2017/18 season.
Welling: Lewington, Richards, Johnson (Joseph-Dubois 71mins), Fish (Slabber 82mins), Waldren, Hayles, Fuseini, Hatton, Cathline, Crawford, Walker. Subs not used: Leacock, Francis, Agu.
Welling suffered defeat on their final
home league game of the season. In a game neither side really deserved to win, Hampton stole the points with a last gasp winner.
In a tame opening to the game Alex Cathline burst into the box before forcing a low save from Sam Howes at his near post.
Hampton needing the win to secure a play off place at the misfortune of other teams in the division saw Duncan Culley pounce on a weak header back from to Lewington from Rickie Hayles but Duncan Culley drove his shot wide.
Culley then put his free kick over the bar as Hampton looked to get on top of the game.
Cathline saw another half chance go wide as he did well to control a ball into the box but flashed his half volley wide.
The Welling Player of the Year Chris Lewington then showed just why he deserved his award by making a superb save to deny Culley as he raced clean through. It was the last action in a rather dour end of season game.
Into the 2nd half and the game which needed to improve in quality did. Culley resumed his battle with Lewington and the Wings keeper produced an instinctive save with his legs to deny him again.
The game became one of half chances with Joe Hicks heading wide for Hampton and likewise Dan Walker saw a looping header just go over the bar from a Danny Waldren free kick.
The lively Murrell-Williamson found Walker but his goal bound shot which was heading in was deflected wide.
The deadlock was broken in the 77th minute and it was a goal that summed up the game. A free kick was saved well by Lewington only for the ball to be returned into the area, the Wings could not clear their lines and Sliven Rivic was on hand to nod home for a scrappy goal at the back post.
It was Hampton who looked the more likely to add to their tally and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick should have scored when a Christian Jolley cut back fell to him in a perfect position but he side footed wide.
The game that had been lacking that bit of quality finally arrived in the 88th minute. Welling winning a free kick 25 yards from goal and up stepped Rhys Murrell-Williamson who curled an effort with his left foot that went in via the inside of the post, it was a wonderful free kick.
With time ticking and The Wings hoping that they had done enough to secure a point, Hampton went and stole all three points. A long ball out of defence caught the Welling defence napping and Ratvic was on hand to lift the ball past Lewington to cue wild celebrations from the Hampton bench.
It was a disappointing way to end the home season for Welling. The Wings now face Bath City away on the final day of the season before they try & leave this season behind on a high with The Kent Cup final against Dover on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st.
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When the Welling management sit down and plan for next season, one thing at the top of the planning list will be finding a way to improve their away form. With just three wins away all season the form on their travels has been a real hindrance this season and Welling’s away day woes continued on Easter Monday as they crashed to defeat at high flying Chelmsford. Having led at Half time a disastrous start to the 2nd half saw Chelmsford score two quickfire goals and turn the game on its head. City wrapped up the game in the 88th minute.
As expected Chelmsford took the game to Welling and Louie Theophanous went close in the 9th minute as the striker spun and his shot brought a smart save out of Chris Lewington.
In the 12th minute City went even closer former Charlton striker Chris Dickson picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and curled and effort just wide with Lewington a spectator.
It was pretty much one way traffic and in the 20th minute Theophanous smashed home an effort but he was adjudged to have come back from an offside postiton and the goal was ruled out.
Chelsmford missed another golden opportunity as a long throw from Chris Bush caused chaos and the ball dropped to Dickson, but he rushed his shot and blazed over.
With their first attempt on goal, The Wings made Chelsmford pay and went ahead in the 25th minute. A Sam Hatton corner was whipped in and a towering header from Rickie Hayles flew into the net.
Shortly after, Chelmsford should have equalised as Buchanan made space for a shot and with Lewington to beat he blazed over the bar.
Chris Dickson then got on the end of a long ball, controlled well but prodded the ball over the bar as Welling went in at half time ahead.
Then disaster struck within 30 seconds of the restart The Wings gifted City an equaliser. Hayles played a back pass to keeper Chris Lewington who smashed the ball straight against Chris Dickson, the City man tapping the ball home, the worst possible start from The Wings.
Just three minutes later it got worse, Michael Spillane heading home unmarked from a Robbie Wilmott corner as The Wings looked shell shocked.
It was one way traffic and Chris Dickson almost added at 3rd but his low effort came back off the post.
Welling who had very little in the way of chances, saw Tyrone Marsh wriggle free in the box but he chose to shot when a lay off to Crawford would have been the better option and his shot was blocked.
With the game drifting to its conclusion Chelsmford wrapped the game up with the best goal of the game. Shaun Jeffers cutting inside before curling an effort from 25 yards beyond Lewington into the roof of the net.
The Wings now have two games left of the season and they play their final home game of the 2016/17 season on Saturday as Hampton visit Park View Road Kick Off 3pm.
Welling won a rollercoaster of a game against Truro City on Good Friday to secure their place in the Vanarama National South for another season. The Wings came from behind with two quick fire 2nd half goals securing the massive 3 points. Tyrone Marsh was the Wings match winner coolly slotting home with 14 minutes left.
In what was no doubt a cagey opening to the game it was Truro who had the first chance, a half cleared corner fell kindly to Chris Todd on the edge of the area but his half hearted volley flew well wide.
It was clear that Dan Walker was going to have joy down the right flank and he produced a great cross but Alex Cathline was unable to turn the cross in at the near post.
It was take two, minutes later Walker again doing well down the right flank but this time Cathline failed to get a clean connection and the ball was easily gathered by keeper Tom McHale.
However just past the half hour mark Welling took the lead. A superb delivery from a Rhys Murrell-Williamson free kick found a towering Ben Martin who rolled back the years with a trademark header last seen the season The Wings won the Conference South title.
Welling now sensed more goals as Dan Walker saw a low effort well saved by McHale at the near post. Sam Hatton was then unlucky when he spotted keeper McHale off his line and his dipping volley just went over the bar.
However with 3 minutes until half time, Truro were level with a fortunate own goal.
A long hopefully ball up field by Andrew Neal was not dealt with and as Chris Lewington come to claim the ball, Ben Martin inadvertently stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past a stranded Lewington and into the net.
In what was a mixed 1st Half for Ben Martin, the Wings man had to be replaced at half time having picked up an injury and he was replaced by Rickie Hayles.
Having got back into the game just before half time, just four minutes into the second half, Truro turned the score around and took the lead. A defence splitting ball sent Dan Smith clear, Smith though chose to roll the ball across the box for Andrew Neal to tap home.
There was almost a stunned silence around PVR as the side from Cornwall had turned the game on its head and now it was Welling who had to go and chase the game. They almost replied within minutes as Sam Hatton saw his low volley cleared off the line, the ball fell to Phil Walsh but he was unable to turn the rebound in.
In a rollercoaster of a game, the tide was to turn again in The Wings favour. In the 70th minute Cody Cooke was sent clear with just Lewington to beat but he dragged his shot wide, it seemed a big chance missed at the time and just a minute later it proved to be.
in the 71st minute Welling won a free kick in a dangerous area 30 yards from goal, with everyone expecting Murrell-Williamson to curl his delivery high, the winger whipped in a free kick low with a lot of speed and his accurate free kick alluded everyone including keeper McHale and found the bottom corner of the net. That was Murrel-Willamson first goal in a Welling shirt.
It took just 4 minutes for Welling to regain the lead again for a second time. As Truro cleared a dangeorus Welling attack, Rickie Hayles headed the ball back into the Truro area and his enormous header flew over the heads of a static Truro defence, and found Tyrone Marsh. The striker on loan from Dover who was onside took a slightly heavy touch but then showed real composure, to take another touch before firing low past McHale and into the corner of the net. It sparked jubilant scenes on the Park View Road terraces.
Alex Cathline done well to burst his way through the Truro defence before unleashing a low effort that had McHale beaten but cannoned back off the post. Despite Truro having a few late corners they came to nothing and The Wings claimed the three points that secured their place in the Vanarama National South as they can begin planning for next season.
The Easter Weekend concludes for Welling with a trip to Chelmsford Kick off 3pm.
Please note that there will be no pre-paid ticket sales for this match, all supporters will have to pay at the turnstile on the day. There will be segregation for this match.
The official Maidstone United FC car park will strictly be for club players & officials, match officials, relevant league officials, Kent FA officials and Maidstone United FC staff. Spectators will not be allowed entry into this car park.
Spectators can park in the various car parks in Maidstone Town Centre which is from a 5 minute walk to the stadium. Usual car parking costs will apply. Train stations Maidstone East & Maidstone Barracks are both a 5 minute walk to the stadium. Maidstone Bus Station is about a 15 minute walk to the stadium.
Dover Athletic fans will have to enter via the side turnstiles (turn right at the Gallagher stadium sign) and will have access to the Main End (1,760 safe standing), approximately 80 seats of the FM Conway Main Stand, and a bar and food outlet.
Welling United, and neutral fans will enter via the main turnstiles (turn left at the Gallagher stadium sign) and will have access to the Locus End (400 safe standing), approximately 500 seats of the main stand, a bar and food outlet.
Admission charges will be:
Concessions £5.00 (over 65’s and 5-16)
Under 5’s Free
Venue Maidstone United, date Monday 1st May 2017, kick off 3:00pm
Welling secured a vital three points with a dominate 2nd half display, a brace a piece from Alex Cathline and Pierre Joesph-Dubois sending The Wings up to 15th in the table.
It what has been another turbulent week at Park View Road, Welling saw Alex Dyer come in to take charge alongside Tristian Lewis as Harry Wheeler left to take control at Billericay Town.
In glorious April sunshine, Welling dominated from the start.
The first chance fell to Alex Cathline who did well to make space for a shot and he brought a fine save out of Nick Jordan.
A low rasping Sam Hatton effort grazed the post with Gosport keeper Jordan beaten at full stretch.
It only seemed a matter of time before Welling would go ahead but Nick Jordan produced a superb save denying a towering Ben Martin header from a corner.
Danny Waldren then failed to turn his header in from another excellent Murrell-Williamson corner.
With Welling failing to take their chances, The Wings seemed to become frustrated and lost their way slightly as the first half drew to a close. It saw Gosport go close with a Ben Wright header straight at Chris Lewington.
Just 20 seconds into the 2nd half The Wings took the lead Welling. Cathline powered his way into the box before his cross come shot was tapped into the roof of the net by Pierre Joesph-Dubois.
Gosport almost made an Immediate reply The Wings losing focus slightly after the goal and they were grateful to Chris Lewington who got down low to prevent Tony Lee’s effort from heading in.
It was made even more vital 5 minutes later as Joseph-Dubois doubled the lead and scored his 2nd. Dan Walker bursting into the box crossing for Joesph-Dubois who expertly turned the ball home from close range.
Alex Cathline added a 3rd for The Wings in the 60th minute picking the ball up on the edge of the area and blasting his effort past Jordan not a bad way to score his first goal in a Welling shirt.
Welling were in full control and Dan Walker hit the post but Welling not to be denied a 4th. A cross from the left was met by Joseph-Dubois, Jordan kept out his header with a fine save, but Cathrine was first to react and prodded the ball home.
With the game won, Gosport had chances for a consolation but Lewington again made a low save from Lee.
Gosport then won a free kick 25 yards from goal and Ben Wright’s powerful free kick was heading in but Chris Lewington beated the effort away.
Cathline almost capped his performance with a hat trick but his effort was saved by the legs of Jordan, who was the away side man of the match despite the scoreline.
Welling now face Truro City at home on Good Friday. Kick off 3pm.