Welling United v Hampton and Richmond Borough preview

On Saturday the Welling United team will play their final home game of the season with Hampton and Richmond Borough the visitors.

Thankfully, their form at home has pulled them clear of the relegation zone so the supporters won’t have a tense last two games to worry about.

However, the match won’t have quite the end of season ‘dead rubber’ feel to it that it might have had. As a result of failing to have a sufficient number of seats, neither Hungerford Town nor Poole Town are allowed to enter the play-offs.

Currently in seventh place, Hampton are now in pole position for the final play-off place but will want to win their last two games with Wealdstone breathing down their necks. Bath City and St. Albans City still have an outside chance but it is unlikely that they will catch Hampton.

After the match, there will be presentations for Welling’s various player of the year awards so the celebrations would be much better if they followed a Welling victory.

When Hampton last visited Park View Road, in October 2011, Welling prevailed 2-1. Anthony Acheampong headed home Jamie Day’s free kick in the just the sixth minute to get Welling off to the perfect start.

Before the break, Andy Pugh made it two with a cracker from 20 yards after Craig Ross had pulled off a string of saves to keep the visitors in the game.

However, Welling weren’t able to keep the pressure up and Patrick Drmola pulled one back. Although Welling had the better chances, they failed to take them and almost paid the price when David Tarpey blazed widely off target deep into injury time.

In past meetings between the two clubs, starting in January 2008, Hampton have won four (the first three and the latest), there have been two draws, and Welling have been victorious five times.

Easter Monday brought another disappointing away day. Despite going one up with a goal claimed by both Alex Cathline and Rickie Hayles, three second half goals gave Chelmsford City a comfortable victory so the team will want to show that they can bounce back.

Who scored at Chelmsford? Picture by Dave Budden.

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