Welling United 3-3 Concord Rangers

Having worked so hard to turn around a two goal deficit, The Wings blew a golden opportunity to move up to 2nd in the table as Concord Rangers snatched a draw in the final minute of injury time.

The Wings had over 25 attempts at goal in the game, such was their dominance yet they were punished for conceding such uncharacteristic sloppy goals.

Within 30 seconds The Wings went close, Jeffrey Monakana produced a low cross that found Christian Nanetti at the back post, but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Louis Wells (former Dartford keeper) who was to have an outstanding game in goal.

It was Nanetti v Wells part II as Wells saved a low effort with his legs, in the same passage of play it came back to Jack Jebb but again Wells some how saved. This proved vital as out of nothing with their first venture into the Welling half Concord took the lead in the 9th minute.

Former Welling man Jordan Brown raced past Connor Dymond and cut the ball back for Amos Nasha who calmly side footed past debutant Kitscha in the Welling goal.

A shell shocked Welling tried to rally and Joe Healy rose well but directed a header wide at front post. Goldberg then showed great trickery to get to byline and he cut the ball back but Healy flashed a volley over from close range.

Concord whose game plan was to sit and hit on the counter attack saw Steve Crawley rifle a shot over as The Wings continued to chase the equaliser.

A lovely cross from Nanetti was perfect for Healy and with the goal at his mercy he just misjudged the header and the chance went.

Into the 2nd half and Welling now kicking towards the Road End continued to probe in search of a leveller. It was Nanetti v Wells part 3 and Wells again saved before Nanetti pulled the ball back for Goldberg but he shot wide.

Joe Healy won a free kick twenty yards from goal and Jack Jebb curled the free kick that just failed to dip in time as the effort grazed the bar on the way over.

Jamie Coyle who dropped himself from the starting line up made a double change throwing on two strikers with Tom Bradbrook and Eli Phipps, coming on in place of Jack Jebb and Christian Nanetti.

But no sooner had the strikers been introduced, Concord double the lead. Another former Welling man Ben Greenhalgh beat the offside trap after hitting Welling on the counter attack, Kitscha ran out to block but Greenhalgh just squared to Kyron Farrell who had the simplest of tap in’s to leave Park View Road stunned.

Welling didn’t stop trying though and the inspired Wells saved Concord again as he tipped Eli Phipps’ header over the bar when he looked certain to score.

Finally Wells was beaten by a little bit of magic from Joe Healy. After a deft touch to nutmeg a Concord defender this allowed Healy the shooting opportunity and he smashed an effort past Wells and into the corner.

The Wings almost equalised immediately as Healy fizzed an effort just wide from a corner that was headed out to him.

Concord though almost grabbed a 3rd Greenhalgh burst clear but Kitscha made himself big and produced a good save.

Welling then equalised in the 78th minute Archie Johnson burst down the left before supplying a superb cross that Phipps guided home on the volley.

Now Welling had 12 minutes to find a winner and Jack Parkinson headed over from a Monakana corner. However in the 85th minute Welling produced a remarkable comeback and went ahead. Phipps drove into the box before his fierce effort was deflected in past Wells by Billy Roast and into the corner of the net to send Park View Road wild.

But the celebrations were short lived as in the 93rd minute Kitscha miscued a Connor Dymond back pass that Concord took full advantage of as Khale Da Costa prodded home a deep cross at the 2nd time of asking to break Welling hearts.

The Wings even had time to snatch a late winner, a Monakana corner was flicked on and the ball fell to Tom Bradbrook in the six yard box put he prodded the ball just wide, to leave Welling having to settle for a point from this enthralling game.

The Wings travel to Hemel Hempstead next Saturday.

Welling United: Kitscha, Dymond, Johnson, Durojaiye, Gayle, Parkinson, Monakana, Healy, Goldberg (Richards (85), Jebb (Phipps 57), Nanetti (Bradbrook 57). Subs not used: Coyle, Francis.

Attendance 636.


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