Welling fall to late Truro winner

Starting a new campaign with the longest journey of the season was always going to be a challenge for the new look Welling team but nobody could have predicted the agony that was to follow.

Having done so well to get back into the game, it was very hard on the Wings to lose the game in second half stoppage time to a fluke of a goal.

Jamie Coyle included Toby Ajala, who signed the day before, in his first Welling starting line up and selected himself and Ian Gayle as the centre back combination. His other main decision was who would partner Bradley Goldberg up front and he went for Tom Bradbrook.

Things could barely have got off to a worse start when going behind with just ten minutes on the clock

Aaron Lamont tricked his way through the Wings defence before his deflected shot found its way into the bottom corner.

Christian Nanetti looked for a quick response when collecting a deep cross and shooting first time but Tom McHale made a good save. Nanetti was again in the thick of the action when his run and cross caused problems with a clearance coming out as far as Joe Healy. His low shot from the edge of the area beat Mchale, but went the wrong side of the post.

Niall Thompson fired wide for Truro, when given space, and Lewington had to be watchful when a Lamont shot bobbled in front of him.

Healy had a shot blocked and Ben Jefford almost caught McHale out with a cross that caught in the wind and had to be claimed under the bar.

Bradbrook then headed over from a Connor Dymond cross before the hosts went two up just before the break.

Thompson brought down a long ball and River Allen’s first time angled pass split the defence to allow Cody Cooke to go clear and score.

At the break, Coyle made personnel and shape changes and it appeared to pay off.

Goldberg’s shot was flicked on by Bradbrook and McHale made a great reaction save at the cost of a corner. However it was all in vain as from Nanetti’s delivery, Coyle rose to head home and halve the arrears.

After Allen had fired a low free kick beyond the far post, Welling levelled through the same combination. Nanetti floated in a long free kick and Coyle rose to send a header inside the far post and send the noisy away supporters into raptures.

Alfie Pavey replaced Bradbrook and posed a different threat but was unable to guide a header goalwards.

Referee Tom Reeves refused Welling a penalty for what appeared to be a handball before Gayle came close with a header from a Dymond corner.

Just as it appeared that Welling would have to settle for a point, they conceded an injury time freak goal. Allen’s cross from the touch line caught the wind and flew into the net via the far post.

There will be little time for anyone to feel sorry for themselves as they return to action on Tuesday at Park View Road against Chelmsford City.

Truro City: McHale, Palfrey, Hartridge, Todd, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Allen, Thompson, Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Booth, Riley-Lowe.

Welling United: Lewington, Dymond, Jefford, Parkinson, Coyle, Gayle, Nanetti (Pattisson 80), Healy, Bradbrook (Pavey 66), Goldberg, Ajala (Durojaiye 46). Subs not used: Joseph-Dubois, Francis.

Attendance: 506

Jamie Coyle’s equaliser. Picture by Dave Budden.

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