Welling United v Hampton & Richmond Borough preview
Welling United v Hampton & Richmond Borough preview

After a long Vanarama National League South campaign, Welling United host Hampton and Richmond Borough for their final home match of the season.

Although the Wings are now safe from relegation, manager Alex Dyer will be casting an eye over the players in the remaining games so they should be keen to continue to impress, especially after their disappointing performance at Chelmsford on Easter Monday.

Visiting the Clarets, who are third in the league, was never going to be easy but the travelling supporters were entitle to expect more than one effort on target in the 90 minutes of play.

When speaking after the match, Dyer suggested that he will continue to play the strongest side available and that if anyone comes into the team off the bench, it will be on merit.

On Monday, Hampton also went down, 3-1 at Dartford after going in at the break 2-0 down but they have plenty to play for as they currently sit in the final place in the play-off zone. It looked all over for them until news came through that .Hungerford Town and Poole Town will not be allowed to participate.

Despite the difference in their league campaigns, both Welling and Hampton come into the game in not dissimilar form, each having won three times in their last ten matches. However, while Welling have lost five of the other seven matches, Hampton have only been defeated in three.

In November the two teams met at the Beveree and Welling put in another of their lack-lustre away displays. Although they went in level at nil-nil at the break, Nicke Kambamba broke the deadlock on 56 minutes.

Seven minutes later he added his and his team’s second, making the most of some sloppy defending. Jamal Lowe made it three having just returned from England C duty and both he and Kambamba have moved on to Portsmouth.

Adam Coombes scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot after Christian Nanetti had been brought down in the penalty area. Neither are still at Welling as both have moved on to full time football.

There is plenty of fire power remaining for both teams and Welling will hope to leave Park View Road on the back of a victory.

Picture supplied by Dave Budden.