Welling United v Poole Town preview

On Saturday, Welling United follow up their Kent Senior Cup victory over Bromley with a Vanarama National League South fixture against Poole Town.

Last Saturday, the team were disappointing at Whitehawk but a depleted side beat a strong Bromley XI on Tuesday.

Harry Crawford scored the only goal when he looked up, saw that the Bromley goalkeeper, Ross Flitney, had drifted out of goal and launched an unstoppable shot.

When Welling knocked out holders Dartford in the previous round, it acted as a catalyst to go on a winning run. A repeat of that now would not go amiss.

It will not be easy, however, as Poole are in excellent form having scooped both manager (Tom Killick) and player (Marvin Brooks) monthly league awards for February following their four wins and a draw.

Whether the infamous award curse strikes them is yet to be determined as last Saturday’s game against Hungerford Town fell foul to the whether so this weekend’s game will be their first outing in March.

There has been further player movement at Park View Road as the management team look to resolve the difference in performances between the front line and the defensive unit.

Michael Thalassitis has departed after just two games, returning to Margate where he was earlier in the season. However Arel Amu has signed on dual registration terms with Arlesey Town F.C.

Hatton will be absent as he completes his suspension, and it is expected to be too soon for Pierre Joseph-Dubois or Jamie Slabber to contemplate a return, but the rest of the squad should be fit to compete for a place in the starting line-up.

Jordan Brown. Picture by Dave Budden

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