Alex Dyer’s first game in charge at Welling United ended with a convincing 4-0 win over Gosport Borough and he will be hoping to follow up with results over the Easter Weekend that will guarantee Welling’s safety.
On Good Friday, the Wings entertain Truro City looking to move a step closer to remaining in the Vanarama National League South although Truro are also coming in on the back of a good result having held Ebbsfleet United to a draw last Saturday..
Even though Truro’s current away form is as bad as Welling’s home form is good, it would be foolish to take the visitors from Cornwall lightly.
Andrew ‘Rocky’ Neal is a threat and has scored goals regularly all season following his transfer from Bodmin Town. They have been dealt a blow, however, by Torquay United recalling defender Ben Gerring from his loan spell.
Should the game be another like the last time Truro visited, supporters had bet brace themselves for a bumpy ride.
In January 2013, Welling were chasing big spending Salisbury City at the top of the Conference South. Loui Fazakerley put Welling ahead from Joe Healy’s cross and the team were on top until stunned by a 26th minute equaliser through Kieffer Moore.
Andy Watkins put Truro ahead a minute later then four further minutes passed before the same two combined again with Moore finishing.
After the break, Welling reduced the arrears when Truro player manager Lee Hodges brought down Ross Lafayette who was about to tap in. Hodges was dismissed and Healy converted the penalty.
Seven minutes remained when Lafayette levelled with a good finish. Despite being down to ten men, Truro still created openings and Sam Mott made an excellent save from Watkins.
Anthony Acheampong thought he had won it when finishing from Kurtis Guthrie’s cross but the offside flag was up from earlier in the move. Acheampong was not to be denied, however, when he headed home Jack Oberstellar’s cross deep into injury time.
Whether Friday’s game is as eventful as that remains to be said but with plenty of entertainment before and after the game, off the pitch, Park View Road is the place to be.
Welling celebrate Pierre Joseph-Dubois’ opening goal against Gosport. Picture by Dave Budden