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.