It was a tough afternoon for Welling United when they visited Yeovil Town in the F.A. Trophy.
Facing the team in second place in the National League was always going to be a tricky and the Glovers enjoyed a relatively trouble free victory.
From the opening minutes, Welling were forced to play on the back foot and Dan Wilks made a great early save when tipping James Tilley’s well struck shot onto the bar and over.
Chris Dagnell went clear but Ejiro Okosieme got back to make an outstanding last gasp tackle then Wilks made a double save from Tom Bradbury and Albi Skendi. Soon after the Welling custodian was forced to parry out a corner but Matthew Worthington skied his first time shot.
Dagnall was again thwarted by Okosieme before Yeovil broke the deadlock. Remeao Hutton’s cross caused chaos and flew into the net off a surprised Courtney Duffus.
Skendi had a shot beaten out by Wilks before Welling finally caused Yeovil problems. Bradley Goldberg looked through but Gabriel Osho recovered well to stop him getting a shot away then Cook shot well off target after Goldberg set him up having picked Skendi’s pocket.
Hopes of building on the end of the first half were gashed when Welling went further. Just two minutes after the restart Dagnall headed home from a Lawson D’Ath corner although he looked to have fouled Joe Anderson to make the space.
Six minutes later, Yeovil put the game beyond doubt when Duffus burst through and finished with aplomb.
Stuart Nelson was finally called upon to make a great save from the returning Korrey Henry then substitute Nathan Green had a shot blocked in the six yard box.
Wilks made another excellent save before Tilley missed a succession of chances with off target efforts.
Four minutes remained when Welling pulled one back. Theo Widdrington delivered a peach of a free kick and Swaine rose at the far post to power his header home.
Moments later, Welling might have reduced the arrears further when Sanchez Ming burst down the wing and got to the bye-line but Nelson did well to cut out his low cross.
That proved to be Welling’s last chance and Skandi could have made it worse for them in injury time but he headed over before Duffus missed a chance of completing his ha-trick when he delayed his shot.
By Mark Doig