By Mark Doig
Victory at Weston-super-Mare took Welling United up to third in the table but it wasn’t easy.
It took a Bradley Goldberg penalty six minutes from time to secure the victory.
Sanchez Ming started a one month loan period from Dulwich Hamlet and stepped straight into the starting line-up for his second Wings debut. Thierry Audel, who has played centre-back, right-back and centre midfield was given his first chance to lead the attack.
David Ijaha returned from suspension and had Welling’s first effort after good work by Brendan Kiernan.
Dan Wilks then hit a long low clearance that Audel flicked on to Goldberg but he shot over. Then Ijaha had a shot beaten out by Weston goalkeeper Luke Purnell.
Purnell was in action again when saving well from Goldberg after Caden Genovesi had created the opening. Gavin McCallum then found Kiernan and he brought another good save out of Purnell.
Goldberg fired over but Weston almost drew first blood approaching half time when Matt Bower’s header came back off the far post.
Wilks had to make a couple of saves early in the second half, first getting down well to save from Jamie Lucas then repeating the trick when Jason Pope tried his luck from distance.
Another opportunity fell to Goldberg when Kiernan’s shot was blocked into his path but his effort from a wide position was saved well by Purnell.
Once more, Goldberg was thwarted by the Weston goalkeeper before Gethyn Hill and George Nurse were both off target for the hosts.
Finally, the dead-lock was broken when Kiernan cut into the penalty area and was halted by an untidy challenge by Aaron Parsons. Goldberg stepped up and gave Purnell no chance from the spot.
Although six minutes remained, plus another five minutes of injury time, Welling saw the remainder of the game out comfortably.