Having seemingly taken steps forwards in recent weeks, The Wings took a step back with a poor performance that saw them slump to defeat at home to Hampton and Richmond Borough.
The opening and subsequently winning goal came in the 5th minute the very first chance of the game. Jamie Coyle was harshly adjudged to have fouled Malachi Napa. From the resulting free kick, Josh Casey’s free kick was flicked on by Charlie Wassmer where Ryan Moss ghosted in at the back post to scoop his header past a stranded Barnes.
A shell shocked Welling tried to rally and with Jack Jebb’s set pieces always likely to cause a threat, they almost responded immediately loanee Harry Phipps connecting cleanly with a corner that Sam Howes somehow palmed away.
Welling were not creating much from open play but again looked a threat from set pieces, and it was Phipps v Howes round 2 on the half hour mark and it was the same outcome a super save denying Phipps his first goal for Welling.
After this Hampton dictated the majority of the play for the remainder of the half. Dillion Barnes made a great save from Casey’ and whilst Moss tapped into an empty net, the whistle had already gone for offside.
Wassmer then saw a goal bound header cleared off the line by Durojaiye who had come on for the injured Ian Gayle.
Right on half time a rare Welling attack then saw them have a goal ruled out for offside. Phipps sending Bradley Goldberg clear but as he finished well from outside of the box, the striker was adjudged to have been offside.
10 minutes into the 2nd half and former Welling man Crawford should have added a 2nd for Hampton tapping wide from a Kretzschmer’s cross with the goal at his mercy. Nanetti came on for Jebb and his inch perfect cross was headed over by Healy. A brave headed clearance from Cook prevented Coyle with a simple header at the back post to level the score and from the corner Phipps saw another header saved by Howes. From that resulting corner the ball fell kindly to Healy who looked certain to score but he blazed his effort over the bar. Hampton sensing this may just be their day they stop there 3 game losing run came back into the game as Ryan Moss fired wide after being given to much space.
Try as they might Welling failed to create another chance and slumped to defeat. The Wings now face two tough away fixtures starting with a visit to Bath City on Saturday.