Welling United 2-0 Poole Town

Having picked up two draws in a week on the road, Welling found comfort at home and secured a vital win against Poole Town. It was not all one way traffic though, especially in the 1st half but a dominate 2nd half performance saw Welling fully deserve the 3 points.

Jamie Coyle handed starts to new signings Florent Bojaj and Elijah Phipps and the two strikers both had an impact on the game.

Poole though started brightly and in the 2nd minute Ollie Harfield crossed for Jez Bedford but his header was cleared off the line between a combination of a save from Dillion Barnes and a clearance from Jack Parkinson.

A long mazy run from Jefferey Monakana saw him turn defence into attack such was the speed in his run out of defence, he supplied Connor Dymond who crossed for Joe Healy, the Wings man brought the ball down on his chest but volleyed over.

Wings went close again in the 9th minute Healy supplying the ball to Christian Nanetti on the flank who beat his man before shooting low which keeper Nick Hutchings saved well.

15 minutes were on the clock when Warren Bentley burst into the area for Poole and he stumbled over from a challenge from Jack Parkinson and despite referee Robert Whitton having a long hard look he waved away the appeals.

The Dolphins then took a strangle hold on the game and enjoyed some good spells. Jamie Coyle did superbly well to block a Jamie Harfield shot for Poole.

In the 25th minute the away side almost took the lead. Jack Dickson burst into the area before unleashing a low shot that beat Barnes, but came back off the inside of the post before Coyle hacked away the rebound.

It was a warning shot to Welling and one they heeded as they improved.

Monakana wriggled free to the byline but his pull back missed the red shirts in the box.

Welling finished the half strongly and new signing Flo Bojaj evaded the Poole defence and offside flag to race clear, his hard, low effort cannoned off the outside of the post and went wide.

If The Wings finished the 1st strongly, they started the 2nd even stronger. Eli Phipps was hacked down just outside of the box, but Healy was unable to find the magic touch as he skied his free kick over.

Good play from Bojaj & Eli Phipps set the loanee from Colchester clear with a sight of goal, he took a touch looked up before drilling a powerful effort just inches wide.

However in the 54th minute Welling went ahead. Connor Dymond won a tackle in the midfield and played the ball out to Monakana. The winger run at the Poole defence before slipping the ball though to Phipps who beat three men in the box before poking an effort, that despite Hutchings getting more than a hand to could not keep out.

Having seen his strike partner get on the score sheet moments later Flo Bojaj came close to doubling the lead. Nanetti provided a great cross that Bojaj just steered wide with his outstretched boot. Joe Healy then saw a smart volley saved by Hutchings at the second attempt after the greasy ball had spun out of the keepers hands.

But Healy was on the score sheet straight after in the 71st minute with the move of the game. Monakana was at the heart of all Welling’s good play and he skipped down the right before supplying a perfect cross for Joe Healy to guide his header low into the corner of the net.

This goal seemed to wave off any hopes Poole had of getting in the game and allowed Welling to make substitutions to see out the the game professionally.

The Wings did that although in the first minute of injury time Poole almost grabbed a consolation Lewis Lindsay saw a had a header cleared off the line by Parkinson and from the resulting corner Jack Smeeton hit the frame of the goal with his header. But Welling went on to claim the win that their 2nd half performance fully deserved.

Welling are at home again on Tuesday night when Whitehawk are the visitors, kick off 7.45pm.

Welling United: Barnes, Dymond, Jefford, Phipps H, Coyle, Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Bojaj (Durojaiye 85), Phipps E (Macklin 71), Nanetti (Pattisson 81). Subs not used: Jebb, Francis.

Attendance: 452


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