Welling United 3-2 Truro City

Welling won a rollercoaster of a game against Truro City on Good Friday to secure their place in the Vanarama National South for another season. The Wings came from behind with two quick fire 2nd half goals securing the massive 3 points. Tyrone Marsh was the Wings match winner coolly slotting home with 14 minutes left.

In what was no doubt a cagey opening to the game it was Truro who had the first  chance, a half cleared corner fell kindly to Chris Todd on the edge of the area but his half hearted volley flew well wide.

It was clear that Dan Walker was going to have joy down the right flank and he produced a great  cross but  Alex Cathline was unable to turn the cross in at the near post.

It was take two, minutes later Walker again doing well down the right flank but this time Cathline failed to get a clean connection and the ball was easily gathered by  keeper Tom McHale.

However just past the half hour mark Welling took the lead.  A superb delivery from a Rhys Murrell-Williamson free kick found a towering Ben Martin who rolled back the years with a trademark header last seen the season The Wings won the Conference South title.

Welling now sensed more goals as Dan Walker saw a low effort well saved by McHale at the near post. Sam Hatton was then unlucky when he spotted keeper McHale off his line and his dipping volley just went over the bar.

However with 3 minutes until half time, Truro were level with a fortunate own goal.

A long hopefully ball up field by Andrew Neal was not dealt with and as Chris Lewington come to claim the ball, Ben Martin inadvertently stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past a stranded Lewington and into the net.

In what was a mixed 1st Half for Ben Martin, the Wings man had to be replaced at half time having picked up an injury and he was replaced by Rickie Hayles.

Having got back into the game just before half time, just four minutes into the second half, Truro turned the score around and took the lead. A defence splitting ball sent  Dan Smith clear, Smith though chose to roll the ball across the box for Andrew Neal to tap home.

There was almost a stunned silence around PVR as the side from Cornwall had turned the game on its head and now it was Welling who had to go and chase the game. They almost replied within minutes  as Sam Hatton saw his low volley cleared off the line, the ball fell to Phil Walsh but he was unable to turn the rebound in.

In a rollercoaster of a game, the tide was to turn again in The Wings favour. In the 70th minute Cody Cooke was sent clear with just Lewington to beat but he dragged his shot wide, it seemed a big chance missed at the time and just a minute later it  proved to be.

in the 71st minute Welling won a free kick in a dangerous area 30 yards from goal, with everyone expecting Murrell-Williamson to curl his delivery high, the winger whipped in a free  kick low with a lot of speed and his accurate free kick alluded everyone including keeper McHale and found the bottom corner of the net.  That was Murrel-Willamson first  goal in a Welling shirt.

It took just 4 minutes for Welling to regain the lead again for a second time. As Truro cleared a dangeorus Welling attack, Rickie Hayles headed the ball back into the Truro area and his enormous header flew over the heads of a static Truro defence, and found Tyrone Marsh. The striker on loan from Dover who was onside took a slightly heavy touch but then showed real composure, to take another touch before firing low past McHale and into the corner of the net.  It sparked jubilant scenes on the Park View Road terraces.

Alex Cathline done well to burst his way through the Truro defence before unleashing a low effort that had McHale beaten but cannoned back off the post. Despite Truro having a few late corners they came to nothing and The Wings claimed the three points that secured their place in the Vanarama National South as they can begin planning for next season.

The Easter Weekend concludes for Welling with a trip to Chelmsford Kick off 3pm.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Martin (Hayles 46), Walsh, Walker (Crawford 85), Waldren, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Marsh 62), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Leacock, Richards.

Attendance 526


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