Welling United 3-1 St. Albans City

Welling secured a crucial victory against in-form St. Albans City. The result all the more impressive after they had to come from behind to secure the win.

Wings had the first opportunity of the game when Jack Parkinson flashed a header wide from a Jack Jebb corner. But thereafter it was St. Albans who got on top. Callum Driver stood up well and blocked a Zane Banton shot that was heading in.

Banton then flashed a half volley over the bar as St. Albans had plenty of possession.

Welling rode the storm and started to see more of the ball. Jamie Philpot making his Wings debut was fouled on the edge of the area but Jack Jebb curled his effort over the bar.

Last week the Wings defending came in for some criticism, but against The Saints Welling were putting bodies on the line defending resolutely. Anthony Acheampong in particular bravely blocking a goal-bound effort.

With the game drifting towards half-time Welling nearly went ahead. Philpot was able to pick up the ball and drive at the St. Albans defence he found Goldberg, who spotted the run of Jack Jebb but the Wings man could only fire his effort into the side netting.

The game really came to life at the beginning of the 2nd half. The half was just 2 minutes old when Bradley Goldberg was released down the right and his snap shot was heading in but for a super finger tipped save from keeper Dean Snedker.

Then just three minutes later the save was made even more crucial as Ryan Hall tripped former Welling man Murrell-Williamson in the area. St. Albans skipper David Noble calmly slotted home.

However Welling equalised just a minute later. The in-form Bradley Goldberg looked to be going nowhere but his quick feet allowed him to somehow get a shot away and he powered a superb effort into the top corner.

Within 4 minutes Welling had completely changed the game on its head as they took the lead.

Jack Jebb and Ryan Hall produced a smart short corner routine that saw Jebb whip in a superb cross, Parkinson arriving late in the box out muscled Tom Bender at the back post and steer the ball home.

On the hour mark Conor Dymond, not known for his goal scoring, almost scored the goal of the season with an audacious rabona effort from the edge of the area that had Snedker beat but flashed just wide.

Philpot was running tirelessly and he was sent clear, the on loan Millwall forward squared for Goldberg but he was just unable to slot home at the back post.

However in the 72nd minute, the new strike partnership this time combined to put Welling 3-1 up. Durojaiye won the ball in midfield and played a defence splitting pass to send Goldberg through on goal. With Snedker advancing, Goldberg rolled the ball to Philpot to slot into the empty net to get the debut goal his display deserved.

Welling were playing very attractive football and Snedker had to be at his very best to push away a fierce Ryan Hall effort around the post.

St. Albans huffed and puffed but a rash Tom Bender effort that sailed over the bar was as near as they come to getting back into the game as Welling claimed the three points that their 2nd half display deserved.

Welling travel to Concord Rangers next Saturday.

Welling: Vose, Driver, Jefford, Dymond, Acheampong, Parkinson, Jebb, Healy (Durojaiye 67mins), Goldberg (Monakana 88mins), Philpot (Nanetti 90mins), Hall. Subs not used: Coyle, Johnson.

Attendance: 517


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