Welling United 6-2 Braintree Town

Having gone 5 league games without a goal, Welling produced a superb performance to answer their critics as they hit Braintree Town for six at Park View Road.

Welling started brightly and Theo Widdrington who was brought back into the side in a more attacking role had an opportuntiy early on but he was denied by Michael Johnson.

Joe Anderson then swung in a free kick that Rob Swaine headed back across goal but Johnson was able push it away for a corner.

Welling continued to push forward and Widdrington again went close when making space for a shot  but once again Johnson made a save.

However in the 8th minute, Welling got the breakthrough they deserved, Connor Dymond launched a free kick into the area that Swaine headed across goal for Widdrington to bundle home at the near post.

It was evident the lift in confidence that first goal in 5 games gave The Wings and in the 20th minute Bromley loanee Korrey Henry doubled the lead. Sanchez Ming launched a free kick that was headed back to Henry by Nathan Green who hit a crisp volley from 20 yards past Johnson.

The goals were now coming thick and fast and Welling added a third. Anthony Cook’ hit a free kick over the wall that looked a routine save for Johnson but the keeper let the ball scramble under his grasp and it tricked into the net. A superb 40 minute spell of football was rounded off when Welling went 4-0 ahead as Henry smashed his effort beyond Johnson.

Welling almost made it five when Widdrington glanced a header just wide from Cook’s cross.

Braintree slowly came into the game and Femi Akinwade hit a shot back off the post as former Wings man Rhys Murrell-Williamson unable to turn the rebound in.

Braintree then hit the woodwork for a second time when Jason Banton clipped the crossbar from a free kick.

However on the stroke of half time Ade Cole pulled a goal back for Braintree before Wilks made a smart save to deny Banton in first half injury time.

During the interval, Welling were forced into a replacement with an injury to Ejiro Okosieme and he was replaced by Jay Rich-Baghuelou.

Welling made it five shortly after the break as Henry completed his hat-trick. Having burst into the Braintree box he was upended, before picking himself up and tucking away the penalty.

Welling were then reduced to ten men as Sanchez Ming received a straight red. Ming seeing red for his part in a melee that took place.

Swaine saw a header saved before Braintree reduced the deficit from a smart finish by Akinwade.

With the numerical advantage Braintree had a spell of attacking possession and Akinwade brought a fine save out of Wilks.

Wilks again made a great save to tip over a Akinwade effort before Hutchings headed wide from a Cole corner as Braintree continued to push forward.

However Welling rounded off the scoring on the counter attack. Aaron Cosgrave opened his legs and went on a lung busting run before squaring for Henry who took a touch a fired home low past Johnson.

Tyler Christian-Law then saw red for Braintree after a nasty challenge in injury time that rounded off an eventful game. Welling will now hope to build on this strong performance as they take a break from the league and face St Albans at PVR in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

 

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