Welling United 3-3 Woking
Table toppers Woking pegged Welling back with a stoppage time equaliser in an enthralling game at Park View Road. It took some magic from Reece Allisnani to deny The Wings as a depleted Welling squad who again could not name a full bench showed heart and desire to run the league leaders so close.
In a cagey opening quarter it was Welling who scored from the first chance of the game. A Gavin McCallum corner was delivered perfectly and Thierry Audel out jumped his marker before powerfully heading into the roof of the net.
Just two minutes later in the 16th minute Welling went further ahead. Bradley Goldberg sprayed the ball out to Brendan Kiernan who brushed aside Josh Casey he sent in a teasing cross which was met by Thierry Audel who hit a wonderful first time volley from twenty yards which cannoned in off the post as Woking goalkeeper Craig Ross looked on in disbelief.
However four minutes later in the 20th minute a smart move sent Josh Casey into the Wings area and he crossed for Christian Jolley to tap home to get the away side back in the game.
Woking now sensed an equaliser and some how Anthony Acheampong managed to cleared a shot off the line before even more impressively blocking a goal bound shot from Moussa Diarra.
Welling were rewarded for soaking up the pressure as just 2 minutes before half time they extended the lead.
Welling hit Woking on the counter, Goldberg crossed into the area for Kiernan and despite the ball being behind him he managed to control beat his man and fire home past Ross to give Welling a 3–1 half time lead.
Welling came out strongly in the 2nd half Goldberg producing a great run but he shot wide when a cross into the box may have been the better option.
It was all Welling and Gavin McCallum saw a shot deflected behind for a corner.
Arnaud Mendy then drilled a low effort wide from range as Welling continued to push for a 4th.
McCallum side footed wide before Welling had a glorious chance.
Goldberg crossed for Acheampong the Wings defender looked certain to tap the ball home but Ben Gerring did ever so well to divert his effort over the bar with a tackle.
It proved the turning point as out of noting Woking pulled a goal back. Reece Allassani brought down a hopeful ball out of defence and with his back to goal managed to turn and unleash an unstoppable effort from 25 yards that went into the very top corner of the net with 14 minutes to play.
From nowhere Woking now had their tails up and Josh Casey brought a save out of Dan Wilks. Welling still pushed forward though and Nassim L’Ghoul saw a shot deflected for a corner.
But with the game a minute into time added on Woking grabbed an unlikely equaliser. Sub Harvey Bradbury managed to get free down the Welling left and cross low which found its way to fellow sub Allassani at the back post who bundled the ball past Wilks via the aid off the post.
Welling could have won it in time added on but Julien Anau saw his long range effort saved.
It was a point Welling would have taken before the game but its a testament to this Wings side that they were disappointed not to have claimed all three.
Welling now have two consecutive Saturday’s on the road with trips to Weston-Super-Mare and Gloucester City.