Bognor Regis Town v Welling United preview
Bognor Regis Town v Welling United preview

Following three consecutive victories Welling United were brought back down to earth by Gloucester City at their Park View Road ground on Saturday.

Their 3-2 defeat came as a surprise but was not unjustified. Gloucester were the better side on the day and deserved their victory.

However, they have a chance to bounce back immediately with a Tuesday night visit to Bognor Regis Town.

Against Gloucester they twice went behind, but pulled back through two Bradley Goldberg strikes, the second a penalty, only to be sucker punched in injury time.

Victory for Gloucester took them out of the bottom three and now Welling visit another relegation threatened team who will be fighting for every point..

Wings manager Jamie Coyle said “If we want to get in the play-offs, we’ve got to turn this around and the good thing after a result like this is that we’ve got a game on Tuesday night to get a reaction from certain players which is what we need.

“We’re not settling for mediocre, middle of the table. We want to push on and do the best we can between now and the end of the season to try and get in the play-offs.”

Bognor lost 1-0 at Chippenham Town on Saturday to extend their long run without a league victory that extends back to mid November when they won 2-1 at St. Albans City. They have not won a league game at home since beating Whitehawk 6-2 in mid August.

However, when Welling entertained Bognor three days earlier, the two teams shared six goals and the points in a see-saw match. Jimmy Muitt put Bognor ahead in the ninth minute but within four minutes Welling were ahead.

Connor Dymond’s corner was headed home by Coyle then Goldberg fired home from the edge of the area. Another nine minutes had passed when Bognor levelled. Doug Tuck sent in a low cross that Welling goalkeeper Dillon Barnes could only turn in to his own net.

After that, the game settled down and there were no further goals until midway through the second half when Ollie Burns put Bognor back ahead but within two minutes Welling were again level when Joe Healy fired home from twenty five yards.

Both teams had late chances but settled for a draw.