The Wings bounced back from defeat in midweek with a resounding away victory at Chippenham Town. In contrast to the defeat on Tuesday it was a clinical display from Welling. The Wings fully deserved the three points played in poor weather conditions and on a difficult playing surface.
Despite not playing badly at all on Tuesday, Manager Steve King made four changes to the side and it paid dividends as they all had an impact in the win.
On what was a very dry and uneven playing surface it took Welling some time to adapt to conditions, so it was no surprise Chippenham had the early chances.
Kieran Parselle managed to make space for a shot and despite his effort lacking power Dan Wilks still needed to make a low save to his right.
Chippenham then won a free kick 25 yards out on the edge of the area. Josh Smile whipped the free kick over the wall, which Dan Wilks managed to save well watching the flight and the bounce of the ball before claiming low to his right.
However it was the Wings that went ahead in the 12th minute. Craig Braham Barrett burst forward before rolling the ball to Brendan Kiernan who, outside of the area, took a touch before hitting a rasping drive into the top corner.
The lead lasted ten minutes before The Bluebirds equalised. A long throw by Sandell caused chaos in the Welling penalty area and top scorer Karnell Chambers took advantage as he swept the ball home from close range.
The Wings not deterred by the setback soon went ahead again. A smart ball into the feet of Danny Mills saw the striker brought down from behind just inside the area. After a free kick was originally given, the referee consulted with his assistant referee, and the spot kick was given. Bradley Goldberg took responsibility and tucked his penalty away to restore the lead for Welling.
With just five minutes before half time Welling added the crucial 3rd goal. Jack Jebb swung in a great corner that Danny Mills rose highest and headed towards goal. Somehow keeper Will Henry saved his powerful header but the clearance fell perfectly to Thierry Audel who hit a crisp volley into the top corner of the net to send the travelling fans behind the goal wild. That is 2 goals in 3 games for the French defender.
The Wings were now kicking up hill and into the rain that had descended on Hardenhuish Park in the 2nd half. The Wings looked sharp though as Goldberg dispossessed a defender in possession but Henry managed to save his low shot.
A snap shot from range by Jack Jebb looked to be heading in but Keeper Henry got down just in time to push the effort wide.
On the hour mark Dan Wilks did well to push away a Sandell drive after he had bundled his way into the the Welling area. The keeper getting a strong hand to save at his near post.
Welling now not needing to burst forward looked to control the game and they did as despite Chippenham sending long balls forward failed to break down a resolute Welling defence.
Welling sewed the game up in the 81st minute. Mendy played a diagonal ball into the area for Danny Mills who headed across the face of goal for the impressive Brendan Kiernan to tuck the ball home with a diving header from close range. It capped a fine display from the new signing making his first start in a Wings shirt.
The result was the perfect way to respond to defeat on Tuesday and sets them up for the big home game with the Favourites for the League title Billericay Town on Tuesday night. Kick off at PVR 7.45pm.
Listen to Mark Doig’s post match interview with Steve King below