Welling United 2-2 Truro City
Welling United 2-2 Truro City

Although a draw against Truro City extended Welling’s run of home games without a win, it did halt the run of consecutive defeats.

Knowing that Truro City play with a 3-5-2 formation, Welling Manager Jamie Coyle chose to play the same style to negate their threat and Callum Driver came in to make his debut at right wing back.

Jack Jebb caused problems with his deliveries and an early corner was just too high for Coyle. Jack Parkinson, arriving late, could only fire it into the side netting from a very tight angle.

Tom Bradbrook shot wide before Welling went ahead just shy of the twenty minute mark. Jebb slung in a great cross and Parkinson got a slight touch to ensure it beat Tom McHale in the Truro goal.

However, six minutes later, Truro levelled. Ben Harding tried his luck with a long shot that hit his team mate Cody Cooke. He was not closed down quickly enough and fired into the bottom corner.

Bradley Goldberg went on a good run and cut in but his ambitious effort sailed wide of the near post before Tyler Harvey had a shot well saved by Welling goalkeeper Ryan Sandford.

Goldberg tried his luck with another turn and shot but McHale made a comfortable save.

Just before the interval Parkinson made an important block to thwart Cooke after a free kick and not been cleared effectively.

Immediately after the break Goldberg headed in a Ben Jefford cross but was deemed offside and the goal was disallowed.

In their next attack, Truro went ahead. Connor Riley-Lowe found Tyler Harvey and he finished superbly.

Joe Healy then had to be replaced as stretching for the ball he appeared to twist his knee. Christian Nanetti came on. Tom Bradbrook was also forced to retire four minutes later allowing Eli Phipps a last appearance before returning to Colchester United.

Once those changes had been made Welling levelled. Having been awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, earning the referee an ironic cheer, Jebb stepped up and curled his free kick over the wall and into the top corner.

Once again Goldberg was in the thick of the action pulling back to Driver but his fierce shot from 25 yards flew just over.

Cooke got in behind and fired in a shot from a tight angle that Sandford saved well then Cooke headed wide from Harvey’s cross.

After that, Welling had the better of the game but created few clear cut chances although McHale made a good save from Goldberg after Nanetti had put him through.

As Welling have no game next week, they have arranged a friendly at Phoenix Sports on Tuesday evening to do more work on their shape and to look at a couple of trialists.

 

Welling United: Sandford, Gayle, Jefford (Johnson 83), H. Phipps, Coyle, Parkinson, Driver, Healy (Nanetti 57),  Bradbrook (E. Phipps 61), Goldberg, Jebb.

Subs not used: Francis, Monakana.

 

Truro:City: McHale, Palfrey (Thompson 85), Hartridge, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont (Keats 85), Riley-Lowe, Harvey, Cooke, Harding.

Subs not used: Yetton, Copp, Neal.

 

Welling United:

Goalscorers: Parkinson (18), Jebb (62)

Yellow cards: Jefford

Red cards: None

 

Truro City:

Goalscorers: Cooke (24), Harvey (49)

Yellow cards: Richards

Red cards: None

 

Referee: Robert Whitton

Assistants: Stephen Parmenter and David Harrison

 

Attendance: 383

 

Welling star player: Callum Driver

Pictures supplied by Dave Budden.

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