Welling United 3-1 Weston Super Mare

Welling comfortably dispatched Weston Super Mare on a unseasonably warm April Saturday as the season drew ever close to its conclusion.

In truth the game had an end of season feel to it, with Weston comfortable in mid table and The Wings hoping for more than a few favours from other sides in order to achieve an unlikely play off position.

Perhaps this lack of pressure helped Welling take off the shackles and they played some nice football, which had deserted them for much of the April.

The Wings started brightly and after a couple of half chances they were rewarded with an early lead. In the 8th minute a quickly taken throw in caught the Weston defence napping. Jamie Philpot drove into the box before the ball fell kindly to Olu Durojaiye who bundled the ball home from close range, his 2nd goal in as many games.

Welling almost grabbed an immediate 2nd but Callum Driver hit a fierce effort just wide.

The Wings continued to press and a deep cross found Ryan Hall at the back post but he could only steer his half volley wide.

Welling should have doubled their lead in the 20th minute, a quick counter attack found Jamie Philpot, the striker was clean through but he tried to catch Luke Purnell out with a dink finish but he scuffed his effort right into the arms of the grateful keeper.

Two minutes later Welling hit the post. An audacious over head effort from Bradley Goldberg smashed against the post for Weston to clear for a corner.

From the resulting corner, Welling did double their lead. A neat post corner from Ryan Hall was met by a powerful Jack Parkinson header who steered his effort home.

Weston looking for a way back into the game had a penalty appeal turned down after Danny Greenslade went down in the area only to be booked for simulation.

A clever free kick from Ryan Hall almost caught Luke Purnell out at his near post but the keeper got finger tips to push the effort around the post.

Welling were on top and playing some fine football. A smart move involving Jebb and Hall saw the ball played into Goldberg but his fierce half volley was fantastically pushed over the bar by Purnell.

In a rare Weston attack Jarrod Welch forced a save out of Bailey Vose. But Welling went in ahead at the break.

At the break, Adam Coombes made a welcome return from injury as he replaced Connor Dymond.

The striker was in the thick of things straight away and he got in behind the Weston defence but his effort hit a covering defender.

Most of the Weston attacks were coming through Jarrod Welch and he hit an effort from range, which took a nasty bobble that Vose gathered at the 2nd attempt.

The game was becoming more stretched as Weston came more into the game.

So it was no surprise when they scored in the 55th minute and the danger man Welch got his goal. Welch hitting a super half volley from outside the area that left Vose no chance.

However within a minute, Welling established their two goal lead. Coombes played a clever ball through to Jebb. The Weston players appealed for a handball in the build up, but Jebb cooly slotted under the legs of Purnell as Welling added a 3rd.

On the hour mark Bradley Goldberg this time hit the crossbar, his deft volley hit the bar from just outside the area.

The game after this point started to settle down, as the heat kicked in. Jarrod Welch hitting a free kick effort over the bar and out of the ground and half way up Welling High Street.

The unfortunate Bradley Goldberg, came close again. As Welling broke on the counter attack from a corner, Callum Driver drove at pace before playing the ball into Goldberg. He took a touch blazing an effort just wide.

With substitutes galore for both sides, the game was void of chances until the 89th minute but Jarrod Welch hit a free kick wide as Welling ran out comfortable winners.

The Wings now face Bath City in their final home game of the season on Tuesday before finishing the season away at Chippenham Town next week.
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Attendance: 491

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