Welling United 3-1 Weston Super Mare

Welling secured a valuable 3 points against bottom side Weston Super Mare whose patient and possession retaining style of play made it a difficult afternoon for the Wings.

Welling started really and almost scored after 2 minutes, Brendan Kiernan whipped over a short corner which found Yannis Ambroisine the defender controlled the ball with his chest and then scissor kicked his effort that was tipped onto the bar by Luke Purnell. In the same passage of play the ball was worked to Nassim L’Ghoul but again Luke Purnell made a superb save at his near post.

L’Ghoul again stung the hands of Purnell as the keeper pushed away his near post effort.

So it was no surprised when Welling took the lead in the 7th minute. Montel Agyemang played the ball sideways to Captain David Ijaha, who let rip from 25 yards and arrowed his shot into the top corner that even Purnell could do nothing about. Not a bad way to score your first Welling goal for the Wings Skipper.

Welling were playing some good football and L’Ghoul drilled a low cross into the area where Matt Paterson was on hand to cleverly flick goalwards but it just went over.

However Weston were to equalise in the 18th minute. Alex Byrne played a ball over the top for Marlon Jackson, Dan Wilks was in hand to clear but his clearance fell to Tom Llewellyn who expertly dinked the ball over the stranded keeper’s head and into the roof of the net.

However like any side with ambition to challenge at the top, Welling responded immediately, Matt Paterson brought down a long ball into the area, flicked the ball past a defender before deftly chipping Purnell into the far corner of the net.

Paterson was at the heart of the Wings best moved and he cleverly made space for a shot but he blazed over.

Gethyn Hill was found from a short corner but he hurried his shot and it went wide as Welling went ahead at the break.

Into the 2nd half and Weston saw a lot of the ball with their ball possession style of play which they have become renowned for. This meant that Welling had to be patient and look for their moments to pick Weston off. Kiernan picked up a loose ball, played the ball across the area to Paterson whose effort looked to be heading in, but the effort was somehow blocked on the line.

Brendan Kiernan latched onto another loose pass but he shot straight at Purnell. For all their possession Weston were struggling to create chances. They looked most threatening from short corners. A corner was played out to Nurse on the edge of the area but he blazed over.

A free kick into the area from Agyemang was met by Ambroisine who headed towards goal Thierry Audel almost got the finally touch to bundle home but Weston scrambled clear.

Ben Swallow then went on a mazy run before drilling an effort wide.

With 6 minutes Weston started to abandoned their pretty football and Nurse curled a free kick into the area which dropped kindly for Hill but he smashed the ball out of the ground when he looked likely to trouble Dan Wilks in the Welling goal.

With Weston piling forward, Welling finally wrapped the game up in the sixth minute of injury time. Welling caught Weston with a quick counter attack as Agyemang broke quickly played a precise ball through to L’Ghoul. The Frenchman coolly rounded Purnell before slotting home.

It secured a vital three points as they moved up to third in a very congested top six in the table.

Next week Dulwich Hamlet visit PVR in the FA Trophy.

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