Welling United 2-1 Poole Town

In the build up to the game both Tristian Lewis and Harry Wheeler asked the Welling players for a response from their disappointing defeat at Whitehawk the previous Saturday, and the co- managers and The Wings fans got one, with an excellent 2-1 win over high flying Poole.

Poole had the first half chance of the game but a long range free kick was fired over by Steve Devlin, after this though Welling took charge.

Harry Crawford done well to bring a Matt Fish throw in under control before losing his marker and making space for a shot that was heading in until a smart save  by Nick Hutchings tipped it around the post.

From the corner, Welling won an immediate corner with the ball falling Ali Fuseini who saw a shot deflected wide.

This time Rhys Murrell-Williamson corner went deep where Rickie Hayles headed the ball back towards goal, this caused panic between keeper Hutchings and defender Will Spetch resulting in Hutchings punching the ball into his own net, to hand Welling the lead.

Welling were on top and Alex Cathline shot wide after powering his way past two defenders.

A brilliant one-two between Murrell-Williamson and Cathline saw Murell-Williamson hammer a volley from 25 yards against the crossbar.

In a rare Poole attack Luke Burbidge hit a wild effort from long range that troubled a passing Number 96 bus more than it did the Welling goal.

Danny Waldren saw a shot blocked by some brave defending as Welling went in search of a 2nd.

A long ball out of defence sent Murrell-Williamson clear after he cleverly controlled the ball only to be upended by a clumsy challenge by Lewis Tallack in the box and a penalty was awarded. Fresh from his wonder goal in the week Harry Crawford cooly slotted home the penalty, to give The Wings that crucial 2nd goal.

Poole tried to rally and the once again the impressive Jordan Brown was on hand to clear a teasing Luke Roberts cross.

Welling started the 2nd half well and Waldren flashed an effort just wide before Crawford headed a Dan Walker cross wide.

Poole started to see more of the ball and Brooks missed at the back post from a Roberts cross.

Welling lost Murrell-Williamson to an injury midway through the 2nd half and his replacemnt Vas Karagiannis fired just wide after he ran at the defence.

Crawford then missed a glorious chance to make the game safe.  He beat the offside trap with only the on rushing keeper Hutchings to beat and perhaps a lobbed effort may have been better he tried to round the keeper but his touch was too heavy and the opportunity had past.

Back came Poole and Lewington came to the rescue when he saved from Roberts who had broke free.

Poole manager Tom Killick then lost his  composure and stormed 10 yards onto the pitch to almost confront Referee Elliott Kaye about various decisions he felt his side had not got. This just lead to him being shown a red card and sent to the stands.

If anything this spurred Poole on and as they started to throw caution to the wind and they started to have the better of the game, with Lewington thwarting Roberts again with a great save.

Lewington made an even better save shortly after the when the ball was squared to Brooks who had the goal at his mercy but the Wings keeper parried away his close range effort for a smart save.

Poole did get a lifeline with six minutes to go from a corner Sean Francis was adjudged to have pushed Roberts, there seemed minimal contact but a penalty was given. Devlin smashed a penalty straight down the middle hitting the underside of the bar and going in.

This made for a tense last 10 minutes or so although Waldren brought a great save out of Hutchings from free kick.

Despite their being over 6 minutes of added on time when the referee added on just 5, Welling held out for a crucial and morale boosting win, to lift them 11 points above the drop zone.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish (Richards 78), Brown, Fuseini, Hayles, Francis, Walker Waldren, Cathline (Amu 87), Crawford, Murrell-Williamson (Karagiannis 61). Subs not used: Agu, Leacock.

Attendance: 465

 

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