By Mark Doig
Welling’s F.A. Trophy campaign came to an end with a replay defeat at Dulwich Hamlet.
The hosts started the quickest and almost scored from their first attack. Dan Wilks made an excellent save from Nyren Clunis but it came out to Anthony Cook who netted from an offside position.
However, in their next attack, Dulwich scored one that counted. Ashley Carew’s free kick was headed back by Michael Chambers and Nathan Green finished from close range.
Danny Mills had a shot deflected wide before Welling levelled, and it was a welcome back from injury for Richard Orlu. Montel Agyemang’s corner found Orlu free near the penalty spot and he fired his low volley home.
Another Agyemang delivery found Matt Paterson at the far post and he headed back across goal but Brendan Kiernan was unable to hook goalwards from a tight angle.
After the interval, Welling came out strongly but two big decisions went against them. One of many former Wings in the Dulwich side, Magnus Okuonghae, hacked Nassim L’Ghoul to the ground but the referee failed to take the appropriate action in showing him a yellow card. As he had already been booked in the first half for kicking the ball away, that would have resulted in his dismissal.
Then Cheick Toure bundled Mills to the ground in the penalty area, with no intention of playing the ball, right in front of the assistant referee but again no action was taken.
Preston Edwards punched out a Kiernan shot then Ibrahim Kargbo, who had been brought on hurriedly in place of Okuonghae, made a good block to thwart Paterson.
Dulwich manager Gavin Rose then made a double change that paid immediate dividends. Sanchez Ming broke down the right wing before picking out substitute Dipo Akinyemi for a simple finish.
It might have been worse for Welling had John Paul Kissock not made a brave block from a Dominic Vose shot.
Over the course of the two games, the Wings had little luck but they will now have to dust themselves down and concentrate on their Vanarama National League South ambitions.