Welling United v Chippenham Town preview
Welling United v Chippenham Town preview

Following a two week break from league football, Welling United are back in Vanarama National South action on Saturday when they entertain Chippenham Town.

In their last outing, they won 3-2 at Havant and Waterlooville for their third consecutive league victory to take them unbeaten in five league games, and one defeat in ten.

There is just one place difference in the league between Welling and Chippenham with the Wings in eleventh place and the Bluebirds in twelfth, two points behind.

Both clubs were out of action last Saturday as a result of being knocked out of the F.A. Cup at the hands of clubs from lower leagues. Welling lost 2-1 at Haringey Borough while Chippenham were beaten 2-0 at Weymouth.

Like Welling, Chippenham also rebounded with an impressive result when they hammered Hemel Hempstead Town 5-1.

Furthermore, both clubs are likely to have players making debuts. Welling goalkeeper Dillon Barnes will be absent through suspension so a replacement will be signed. Chippenham have brought in ‘box to box’ midfielder Tom Ouldridge on a one month loan from Swindon Town.

Travelling hasn’t been easy for Chippenham. Since winning 5-2 at Bath City in the first week of the season, they’ve only picked up one more point on the road with a 1-1 draw at Weston-super-Mare on August Bank Holiday Monday.

During their break from league action, Welling had three training sessions before playing a friendly at Holmesdale on Tuesday, winning 5-0. Tom Bradbrook, returning from injury, scored a first half hat-trick and will be pushing for a starting place.

Then on Thursday, a makeshift Welling team played a London Senior Cup game at Corinthian Casuals going down 5-1. Ben Checklit put the hosts ahead after 13 minutes before setting up Omari Hibbert-Delgado five minutes later.

Archie Johnson, probably Welling’s best performer on the night, had a goal-bound shot blocked after Sean Francis headed a corner back before Casuals goalkeeper Danny Bracken was out smartly as Raphael Duyile burst through.

Mu Maan made it three before the break but Welling looked more solid after the break.

Eleven minutes after the break, Matty Sinclair went on a long run before firing into the top corner. Adam Everitt went close and the Wings gave as good as they got until conceding two goals in the last six minutes.

Max Oldham converted from Shaun Brown’s cross before Checklit rounded off the scoring with the last kick of the game.

Welling line up: Deadman, West, Johnson, Kalala (Naylor 59), Francis, Everitt, Pattisson (Leach 73), Baird, Bojaj (Simai 46), Sinclair, Duyile.

Unused substitutes: Barrow, Cathrew.