Having had to wait several weeks for his first game in charge new Welling United Manager Steve Lovell picked up a useful point at Table toppers Dartford. Early on Dartford goalkeeper Dan Wilks, made a good save to prevent Lyle Della-Verde before Dipo Akinyemi headed wide from Della-Verde’s corner as The Wings started well.
But in the the 18th minute, Welling took a deserved lead, Anthony Cook disposed Jack Jebb of the ball and went on a run he found Della-Verde and he slotted past Wilks.
Dartford should have made an immediate response but Charlie Sheringham who missed played clean through could only shot at the alert Reice Charles-Cook who did brilliantly to prevent him.
David Ijaha one of a number of Former Welling players now playing his trade in DA1 then shot over from range.
Oldaker saw a free kick well saved by Wilks, Essam then somehow escape a second yellow with half time approaching. Cook being upended by a cynical late tackle from Essam, but no second yellow was brandished, but it was no surprise to see Essam hauled off at half time.
Elliott Romain was prevented by a great block from Rob Strachan.
The second half was just a minute old when sub Josh Hill brought down Cook in the area. Akinyemi stepped up and cooly sent Wilks the wrong way to put Welling Two to the good.
To their credit Dartford rallied and two substitutions made a big impact. Dartford responded in the 58th minute Nassim L’Ghoul pulled the ball back from the bye-line to Femi Akinwande his close range shot was saved brilliantly by Charles-Cook, but it came out to Luke Allen who slotted home.
Dartford were now on top and five minutes later, they levelled. Charles-Cook made a point blank save but again it fell kindly for a Dartford player, this time the impressive Berkeley-Agyepong who blasted home the rebound.
Romain headed wide from three yards out when he looked certain to score as Dartford almost took the lead.
Rhys Murrell-Williamson drew a great save out of Wilks before Akinwande shot wide as the game became end to end. Romain almost won it for the home side but couldn’t keep his header down, but that would have been harsh on The Wings as they settled for a battling point.
Welling are back in action on Tuesday when they host Braintree Town at Park View Road.
Welling United: Charles-Cook, Johnson, Campbell, Durojaiye (Ainsworth 70), Strachan, Hobbs, Cook (Murrell-Williamson 59), Shokunbi, Akinyemi (Vose 77), Oldaker, Della-Verde. Subs not used: Doe, Hughes.