Welling United 2-3 Gloucester City

The Wings crumbled to a home defeat to a gutsy Gloucester City, who clinically claimed the three points. The Wings made two changes with new signings keeper Bailey Vose going straight into the team and new signing Ryan Hall playing on the wing.

Vose was the first to make a save Karnell Chambers slipped in Harry Williams but Vose got down low to save at the near post.

He was soon saving again and this one was an even better save tipping over an Ed Williams’ free kick.

Welling slowly got into stride and Connor Dymond hit a shot from range but it was easily gathered by City keeper James Hamon.

Into the half hour period, Bradley Goldberg drove into the box, but his curled effort was well saved by Hamon.

But that was the last chance of a half that played in tough conditions never quite got going.

The 2nd half was far more entertaining, with Welling now kicking towards the road end, but it was Gloucester who grabbed the initiative. Lewis Hall curling inches wide for the Tigers.

But the away side did take a deserved lead on the hour mark. Chambers was slipped in and with Vose to beat he blasted the ball into the corner of the net.

However the lead lasted two minutes, as Welling levelled immediately. Goldberg picked up a loose ball just outside the area before blasting through a crowd of players that Hamon let slip under his body.

But any hopes Wings fans had that the home side would now go on and win the game took a dent in spectacular fashion.

The Wings had a corner but a simple thump out of defence caught the Wings flat and Ed Williams caused panic to the covering Archie Johnson and Christian Nanetti, unfortunately Nanetti made a hash of his clearance and volleyed past Vose, to put the Tigers back in the lead.

With the game now in its final 10 minutes, Welling equalised again. Nanetti wriggled his way into the penalty area but he was upended by Sam Avery and a penalty was awarded. Goldberg made no mistake from the spot.

However with 3 minutes of injury time added on, Gloucester won the points. The Wings were once again caught cold at the back and the impressive Ed Williams was played in and fired home into the corner of the net.

The Wings could have stole an unlikely point with the last kick of the game but Connor Dymond’s effort was cleared away by Avery on the line.

The Wings have little time to dwell on the result as they travel to Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday. Jamie Coyle will be looking for a reaction from his team.

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Johnson, Dymond, Acheampong, Parkinson, Monakana (Nanetti 69), Durojaiye (Jebb 73), Goldberg, Healy, Hall (Bradbrook 55). Subs not used: Jefford, Coyle.

Attendance 434

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