In this traditional curtain raiser friendly The Wings put up a solid display as League one side Charlton Athletic edged past Welling at a sweltering Park View Road.
With Charlton naming two separate sides for each 45 minute half, The Wings played a a solid XI for 60 minutes before making any changes.
The game started in lively fashion and it was The Wings who took the lead first.
Adam Coombes was allowed to much space on the right channel before he raced clear and fired low into the bottom corner for a smart goal.
The lead lasted just 60 seconds though. Ajose was played through but new Wings number 1 Dan Wilks made a great save to keep out his shot, Karlan Grant then followed up his rebound but that was blocked, before the ball was half cleared to a grateful Ajose who tapped home from close range. .
Tariqe Fosu, curled an effort over the bar, before the same player had a fiercely struck shot well saved by Wilks.
Charlton were now seeing a lot of the ball Jake Forster-Caskey tested Wilks from range but he saved well. However Welling had their moments as well, Nassim L’Ghoul had a chance but fired over before new signing Richard Orlu saw a header a cleared off the line .
Into the second half Welling made six changes on the hour mark as the tempo of the game slowed down. A lapse in concentration in the Welling defence saw Taylor burst clear but with only Wilks to beat he curled well wide.
Wilks was having an impressive debut in goal for Welling and he made another super save to deny Taylor.
With the game heading towards its last quarter, Charlton finally took the lead but in rather fortunate circumstances in the 76th minute. Forster-Caskey struck a free-kick that took a wicked deflection off the wall and cannoed off onto the crossbar. The ball fell kindly to Taylor who bundled the ball over the line.
Whilst Charlton had chances, Wilks continued to make saves denying Albie Morgan. But deep into injury time Bradley Goldberg who played the whole 90 minutes almost grabbed an equaliser but he side footed his effort wide. It was a good workout for The Wings who now have full a week of training ahead of them before they entertain Watford Under 23’s next Saturday at Park View Road.
Welling United: Wilks, Gibbons, Braham-Barrett, Ijaha, Orlu, Audal, L’Ghoul, Kissock, Goldberg, Coombes, McCallum. Substitutes included: Dymond, Mendy, Acheampong, Ambroisine, Newton, Johnson.