Welling United 3-3 Concord Rangers
Welling United 3-3 Concord Rangers

After last week’s victory at St Albans City, player coach Jack Parkinson suggested that Welling United needed to improve their untidy home form.

This will have been reinforced by events in their enthralling 3-3 draw with Concord Rangers.

Having somehow found themselves 2-0 despite dominating, they managed to get themselves ahead only to concede an extremely scrappy goal in injury time.

Christian Nanetti might have scored twice in the opening minutes but both times he drilled his shot at goal only to see former Dartford goalkeeper, Louis Wells, block with his legs.

Jack Jebb was also thwarted by Wells before Concord went ahead against the run of play. Ex-Wing Jordan Brown broke down the left wing and pulled back for an unmarked Amos Nasha to fire home from fifteen yards.

Joe Healy came close for Welling when heading just the wrong side of the near post before he fired over from Bradley Goldberg’s pull back.

Then he had another headed chance from a Nanetti centre before an excellent Wells save frustrated him further when he got on the end of Monakana’s cross.

Going in at half time behind was disappointing and they continued to miss chances when the game resumed.

Nanetti had a near post shot saved but collected the rebound and pulled back to Goldberg who fired over then a Jebb free kick cleared the defensive wall but skimmed the crossbar.

As they continued to go throw players forward they got suckered on the break and found themselves two down. Ben Greenhalgh, another former Welling player, sent Steve Crawley away and he drew out Calum Kitscha before squaring for Kyron Farrell to pass into the empty net.

Substitute Eli Phipps had a header tipped over from Goldberg’s cross before Welling reduced the arrears when Healy fired into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

He almost scored again moments later when a corner was only cleared as far as him and his first time shot from 20 yards flashed just the wrong side of the post.

Goldberg had a shot well saved before Greenhalgh was sent clear for Concord but Kitscha made an excellent save to mark his debut.

It looked like Concord would pay dearly for that when Welling levelled courtesy of Phipps far post finish from Archie Johnson’s superb cross.

Six minutes before the end, Welling went ahead when Phipps’ shot was deflected beyond Wells by Billy Roast but there was still time for Concord to claim a point.

Connor Dymond put Kitscha under pressure with an unnecessary back pass, the goalkeeper scuffed his clearance, then a catalogue of errors allowed Da Costa to smash home from close range.

There was still chance for Welling to grab the winner but Tom Bradbrook stabbed wide from close range.

 

Welling United: Kitscha, Dymond, Johnson, Durojaiye, Gayle, Parkinson, Monakana, Healy,  Goldberg (Richards (85), Jebb (Phipps 57), Nanetti (Bradbrook 57).

Subs not used: Coyle, Francis.

 

Concord Rangers: Wells, Girdlestone, Brown, Nasha (Akinwande 85), King, Roast, Da Costa, Lee, Greenhalgh, Cawley, Farrell.

Subs not used: Topley, Smith, Taaffe, Marsh.

 

Welling United:

Goalscorers:  Healy (65), Phipps (78) & (84)

Yellow cards: Durojaiye

Red cards: None

 

Concord Rangers:

Goalscorers:  Nasha (9), Farrell (59), Da Costa (90+2)

Yellow cards: Da Costa

Red cards: None

 

Referee: Will Finnie

Assistants: Craig Barnett and Andy Loe

 

Attendance: 636

 

Welling star player: Archie Johnson

Pictures supplied by David Brown.

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